Three-Quarters of UK and US Citizens Believe Internet Access is a ‘Human Right’

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A study commissioned by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) has revealed that 75% of Britons and 77% of Americans think internet access should be considered a basic human right. The study gathered opinions from 23,376 internet users across 24 countries. The UK and US figures are actually on the lower end of the scale, with 92% of citizens in Egypt, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Tunisia of the opinion that internet access is a human right, the global average being 83%.

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Fen Hampton, Director of CIGI’s Global Security & Politics Program, said, “Overwhelming global public support for the idea that access to the Internet should be a human right shows just how important the internet has come to freedom of expression, freedom of association, social communication, the generation of new knowledge, and economic opportunity and growth.”

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“Right now, one third of the world’s population is online but two-thirds of the world’s population is not. Unless they are brought online, a world of Internet ‘have and have-nots’ will not only contribute to income inequality, but also stifle the world’s full potential for prosperity and innovation,” he added.

Source: The Telegraph

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2 Responses to “Three-Quarters of UK and US Citizens Believe Internet Access is a ‘Human Right’”
  1. Wayne says:

    Well if it’s a human right way are we paying for it then?

  2. I-RIGHT-I says:

    I don’t believe there are that many stupid Westerners.

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