Right to Internet Access

The right to Internet access describes the position that all humans have an inalienable right to use the Internet. It is based on the understanding that in an information society, the access, creation, manipulation, and distribution of information are key aspects of economic, political, and social life, and a lack of access to the Internet may unduly restrict an individual’s ability to exercise his or her right to freedom of expression and to gather information necessary for informed decision making and participation in civic events. Here, freedom of expression and opinion enables other rights such as civil and political rights or freedom of association and assembly. In addition to access of information and communication technology (ICT), the right to Internet access is often perceived ...

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