The BBC recently reported that 4 of 5 people around the world consider the internet a fundamental human right. Estonia and Finland have made this a law. Japanese, Mexican, and Russian respondents say they couldn't cope without the internet.
(Insert snarky comment to Orange Broadband and email to Amnesty International detailing their lack of respect of my human right.)
I certainly wouldn't be able to survive abroad without the internet. It's the way I keep in touch with my family, with my friends; it's the way I know what's on the NYT Bestseller List and who wore what to the Oscars. One might say my lovely husband and I were an internet romance; for the first two years, we were all skype and emails, floating from Slovenia and Switzerland to Scotland. Hours on the phone trying to figure out Ryanair and Easyjet flight options. It's the story of many who live apart from their partners.
But a fundamental right? Yes. There's no excuse for ignorance when a million viewpoints are accessible. The only limitation is language and common sense. This beautiful internet thing is a stellar indulgence. And a fundamental right.
Hamadoun Toure, via the BBC: "The internet is the most powerful potential source of enlightenment ever created."
"(Governments must) regard the internet as basic infrastructure - just like roads, waste, and water."
Dear Orange Broadband...