Is Internet Access a Human Right?

Despite the troll-y headline from this NYTimes piece, the point it makes is astute and important:

[T]echnology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself. There is a high bar for something to be considered a human right. Loosely put, it must be among the things we as humans need in order to lead healthy, meaningful lives, like freedom from torture or freedom of conscience. It is a mistake to place any particular technology in this exalted category, since over time we will end up valuing the wrong things. For example, at one time if you didn’t have a horse it was hard to make a living. But the important right in that case was the right to make a living, not the right to a horse.

1 comments :: Is Internet Access a Human Right?

  1. Not that I don't agree with this, but this argument undermines the entire second amendment.

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