Internet access: a human right without supervision or censorship

Dr. Merten Reglitz states that “everyone should have unsupervised and uncensored access” to the network

The Internet is the decentralized set of interconnected communication networks that has become the mechanism most used by human beings for their communication, completely transforming the lives of individuals.

Platforms such as Twitter or Facebook have not only helped society to have all the information in the world in a single click, but have also influenced the moment of guaranteeing the freedom and security of people, especially those who inhabit in developing countries.

For the Professor of Ethics at the University of Birmingham, Dr. Merten Reglitz, Internet access must be recognized as a human right “Internet access is not a luxury, but a human right, and everyone should have access without supervision and uncensored to this global medium, provided free of charge to those who cannot afford it,” as the researcher explains in a recent study published in the Journal of Applied Philosophy.

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On the other hand Ofelia Tejerina, president of the Association of Internet Users explains: “Nowadays you can do anything without Internet. It is very difficult to get in touch with the administration or communicate with others. It is also essential when accessing information, whether journalistic or cultural. Without a doubt, it contributes a lot when it comes to guaranteeing freedom of expression”, coinciding with Reglitz’s research.

The same opinion is shared by the expert in social impact of technology and director of the Ethics company, Gemma Galdón, who says that “connectivity is very important. For example, when it comes to finding a job. Turning Internet access into a right is a debate we must have. We may not be able to guarantee that it is free for everyone, but we must work to facilitate its use and turn it into a public service.”


Source: abc

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