Essay Should The Internet Be A Human Right?

1008 Words Dec 1st, 2016 5 Pages
Bill Gates once said “The internet is becoming the town square of the village of tomorrow.” We now live in this age of tomorrow. The internet now acts as an extension of the growing global community. It provides a medium for individuals to access information, express their beliefs and opinions, and organize peaceful assembly. But should it be considered a human right? Human rights are defined as being undeniable, inherent rights for all individuals. Some define internet access as a human right, others would consider it a tool or a luxury, not necessarily inalienable to all human beings. Regardless of the differences in these stances, the internet has undoubtedly become a powerful form of communication and a tool for access to information. It has the ability to forever shape our society whether as a human right or not.

In Favor The United Nations Special Rapporteur submitted a report to the Human Rights Council establishing access to the internet as a human right in which all states should strive to fulfill. Frank La Rue wrote, “Given that the Internet has become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and accelerating development and human progress, ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all states on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression," (Rue). It also advocated for the expansion of access to internet without censorship or discrimination. The internet is a…

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