Jennifer Yu

ceo / creative director
Vancouver B.c., Canada

About Jennifer


Chinese, English, Filipino

TED Conference

TEDActive 2011

Areas of Expertise

Usability & Interaction Design, Online / Interactive Advertising, Online and Blended Learning, Immigrant Issues, Cross-Cultural Communication, Cross-Cultural Design, LGBT

I'm passionate about

I'm interested in transient cultures, coming from an environment where I am a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation immigrant, constantly living on the fringes. Also why the internet is key to the process.

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Comments & conversations

Jennifer Yu
Posted over 4 years ago
Should the internet be a fundamental right?
The internet, in itself, isn't free. It isn't a right to give away in the first place, as access to it is controlled by private companies. Services we subscribe to are usually provided by private companies. Facebook and Google, to name a couple, are private companies. They essentially have the right, as private companies, to terminate or deny access to certain things that are not in accordance to their mission as a company. Our rights in the first place are a result of centuries-long battles on how we essentially want to live, or rather, how we need to live, in order to function as a coherent unit in society. Do we need the internet for this? Not particularly. In the same way that we do not really need cars, TV, or helicopters to function in the most basic sense as a society. The fundamentals lie in respect, understanding, and collaboration. These are what constitutes our basic rights. The problem with the internet is that what defines "free speech" varies across different countries, and the internet surely reflects what already exists, or doesn't, in terms of how people communicate. What happens in situations like the Facebook-instigated uprising in Egypt, or even a Facebook ban in China, arises from very specific political action, and what happens online is only symptomatic of the particular situations each country - or city - faces as a whole. So the question really is - to what extent does the internet supplement our human rights?