Sunday, March 7, 2010

Internet a Fundamental Human Right

According to a BBC poll, four of five people, or over 85%, believe Internet access to be a "fundamental human right." The poll involved some 27,000 people from 26 different countries and at least 50% of those who believe that Internet access is a basic human right "strongly agreed" with the premise.

Also notable is that many in the Western world believe the government should regulate the Internet to some degree, while those in many Eastern countries (excepting China) believed otherwise. Most of the respondents said they believe the Internet provides them greater freedom and many said they felt it was so essential to their lives that they could not live without it.

The study also addressed people's concerns regarding Internet technology, most of which concerned fraud and the easy access of violent and disturbing materials.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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