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UN Declares Internet a "Fundamental Human Right"
Care2 ^ | 06/04/2011 | Kristina Chew

Posted on 06/04/2011 4:34:05 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan

The Internet is a fundamental human right, a United Nations report released on Friday proclaims -- a statement that resonates all the more in the wake of the recent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and the ongoing uprisings and protests in the Middle East and North Africa. The Internet, and sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, played a huge role in helping protesters organize and spread information, and also in spreading the word about what was going on around the world.

Says the UN report on the "promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression":

The Special Rapporteur underscores the unique and transformative nature of the Internet not only to enable individuals to exercise their right to freedom of opinion and expression, but also a range of other human rights, and to promote the progress of society as a whole."

On the very day of the UN's announcement, two-thirds of the Internet access went out in Syria. It's a move that suggests the government's continuing efforts to clamp down months of protests by asserting its authority, often brutally -- and yet Friday also saw some of the biggest protests yet, with 50,000 reportedly marching in the city of Hama.

When Egypt's now-ousted president Hosni Mubarak cut off the Internet, there was international outcry. Mubarak and other former senior officials now face $34 million in fines for the Internet blackout, a harsh reminder to dictators that, if you cut off access, you will have to pay.

Indeed the UN report highlights the recent pro-democracy protests in the Arab world:

[T]he recent wave of demonstrations in countries across the Middle East and North African region has shown the key role that the Internet can play in mobilizing the population to call for justice, equality, accountability and better respect for human rights," the report notes. "As such, facilitating access to the Internet for all individuals, with as little restriction to online content as possible, should be a priority for all States.

The Atlantic points out that some other countries, including Estonia, France and Costa Rica have already passed laws declaring Internet access a fundamental human right. Finland's law even goes so far as to specify broadband speed:

In 2009, Finland, the report notes, "passed a decree ... stating that every Internet connection needs to have a speed of at least one Megabit per second (broadband level)." There, should they need to, people will be able to organize even faster.

On a somewhat lighter note, it's possible the UN's resolution could cause parents a bit of a headache. Just wait till we hear reports of a teenager protesting Mom and Dad for deprivation of his "fundamental human right" because he's been grounded by not being able to use the computer.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: humanrights; internet; un
No doubt they declared it a "right" so they can pass worthless resolutions about how best to administer that right for the greater good.
1 posted on 06/04/2011 4:34:07 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
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To: BuckeyeTexan
This must be why Ubama wants an Interwebs cutoff switch in the Oral Orifice.
2 posted on 06/04/2011 4:37:54 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Sarah Palin really was unelectable, state-run media would be begging the GOP to nominate her.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

It’s time for the US to run the UN outta here! They are nothing but a big, money munching pain in the ass with no respect for any country’s sovereignty. The UN has gotta go.


3 posted on 06/04/2011 4:38:08 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("...that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,..")
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To: BuckeyeTexan

So babies don’t have a right to life, but we all have a right to the internet. Makes sense to liberals, I guess.


4 posted on 06/04/2011 4:40:20 PM PDT by Faith
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To: BuckeyeTexan

If rights are god-given, then I guess that makes Algore god. /sarc


5 posted on 06/04/2011 4:41:20 PM PDT by newheart (When does policy become treason?)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

So they can redistribute wealth to provide it for those who are less fortunate.


6 posted on 06/04/2011 4:42:04 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

What a sick joke the U.N. is.


7 posted on 06/04/2011 4:43:03 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
Did they ever declare television to be a "fundamental human right" ?

Did they ever declare fax machines to be a "fundamental human right" ?

Did they ever declare radio to be a "fundamental human right" ?

Did they ever declare the telephone to be a "fundamental human right" ?

Did they ever declare telegraphs to be a "fundamental human right" ?

Did they ever declare newspapers to be a "fundamental human right" ?

If I don't pay my Verizon bill, does that mean that Verizon will be depriving me of my "fundamental human rights"? Which parts of the Internet are "fundamental human rights" ?

Is FTP a "fundamental human right" ?

Is e-mail a "fundamental human right" ?

Is HTTP a "fundamental human right" ?

How about PING?

How about DNS?

There's a dozen others I have forgotten, are they all "fundamental human rights" ?

8 posted on 06/04/2011 4:48:48 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

RACISM!


9 posted on 06/04/2011 4:50:10 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: BenLurkin

Okay. So Water is not a basic human right, but the Internet is?

http://freethoughtmanifesto.blogspot.com/2008/03/right-to-water-not-basic-human-right.html

“Federal officials in Canada said last week that the government wanted to ensure the meeting’s outcome reflected the fact that access to water is not formally recognized as a human right in international law.”


10 posted on 06/04/2011 4:51:09 PM PDT by NoNAIS (Yet another Government program not needed.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
I wrote the following in 2004:

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Ever since the UN came into existence in 1945, some Americans have been warning us about its potential threat to our national sovereignty. For decades, those individuals have been dismissed and castigated as isolationists, ideologues and right-wing kooks.

But today, there can be no mistake about the UN’s true agenda, its plans for American sovereignty in particular and the concept of national sovereignty in general.

Consider the following principles set forth by the Charter for Global Democracy, and/or endorsed by Kofi Annan in his September 2000 report to the UN Millennium Assembly:

 Regulation by the UN of all transnational corporations and financial institutions

 Independent taxing authority to “ensure that the Organization is given the necessary resources to carry out its mandate."

 Elimination of veto power and permanent member status of the Security Council (thus eliminating the ability of the US to veto UN action).

 Authorization for a standing UN army

 UN registration of all arms and the reduction of all national armies.

 Compulsory submission of all nations to jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice.

 The requirement that individual and national submit to compliance with all UN "Human Rights" treaties. Among these so-called human rights – as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which the United States is a signatory – are the following:

o A requirement for a total welfare-state economy: “the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

o UN-mandated control of schools and educational content: “elementary education shall be free and compulsory.”

I completely reject the idea that human liberty and prosperity can be enhanced by giving the UN or any global government such sweeping power over the nations of the world, including our own. As American citizens, we cannot achieve peace and justice by distancing ourselves even further from the source of government policy making and law enforcement.

11 posted on 06/04/2011 4:51:30 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: Izzy Dunne
To leftists, anything that you have and a "poor" person doesn't have, is a "fundamental human right". (They get to define "poor")
12 posted on 06/04/2011 4:51:58 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: BuckeyeTexan
I think BMW's are a fundamental human right also. Where's my free Beemer?
13 posted on 06/04/2011 4:53:10 PM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Total+BS, they want to have you pay to install it in mud huts all over the world, right beside the slop bucket.


14 posted on 06/04/2011 4:54:38 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Good, when do they take over my comcast payments.......


16 posted on 06/04/2011 5:05:14 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: BuckeyeTexan
Well sure. You know. Like food, shelter, companionship, internet ...

Makes sense, don't it?

Sheesh!

17 posted on 06/04/2011 5:05:54 PM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica (Insane, Corrupt Democrats or Stupid, Spineless Republicans - Pick America's poison.)
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To: Bockscar

Exactly. Americans have subsidized that rats’ nest for too long. It’s time for somebody else to do it and give the American taxpayers a break.


18 posted on 06/04/2011 5:07:56 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("...that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,..")
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To: Izzy Dunne

Those TV commercials for free mobile phone service say that it is my Constitutional right to have a phone. If it is on TV, it must be true.


19 posted on 06/04/2011 5:09:42 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

More to the point, they want money to provide that “right.” Every UN swindle works down to money - mostly provided by the poor US taxpayer.


20 posted on 06/04/2011 5:11:05 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Izzy Dunne

TCP/IP is a right. SNA not so much. ;p


21 posted on 06/04/2011 5:17:32 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. *4192*)
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To: Maceman
I completely reject the idea that human liberty and prosperity can be enhanced by giving the UN or any global government such sweeping power over the nations of the world, including our own.

Excellent.

22 posted on 06/04/2011 5:18:57 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. *4192*)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Must have a right for a CPU device and the energy to run it first. I guess we will have to pay that for them first and maybe communication skills!


23 posted on 06/04/2011 5:25:03 PM PDT by yankee turned redneck
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To: yankee turned redneck; ShadowAce

I wonder if this new human right favors *nix, Windows, or Mac?


24 posted on 06/04/2011 5:28:46 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. *4192*)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Remove all American money from this cesspool


25 posted on 06/04/2011 5:31:01 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

I would guess MAC.


26 posted on 06/04/2011 5:31:56 PM PDT by yankee turned redneck
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica
Well sure. You know. Like food, shelter, companionship, internet ...

More like freedom of speech. Why do you think the Communist Chinese are so afraid of it and agree with you?

27 posted on 06/04/2011 5:34:24 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Upon being told of the UN action the Tasaday tribe in the Philippines rejoiced at the news. The spokesperson for these gentle primitive cave dwellers speaking through a translator said, "Oh yes, plenty damn good news! Always need good fish nets!"

28 posted on 06/04/2011 5:43:12 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

So, I was denied a fundamental human right until about 1993? I will apply for reparations.


29 posted on 06/04/2011 5:44:59 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1493781/posts?page=9#9

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1070601/posts?page=49#49


30 posted on 06/04/2011 5:46:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Republic of Texas

It is a fundamental human right for me to have a fleet of interstellar warships capable of conquering the galaxy.

Therefore, the UN must provide me with that fleet or else face charges of depriving me of my fundamental human rights.

(That, and I need $859 trillion, tax-free, to barely make my ends meet.)

:-P


31 posted on 06/04/2011 5:50:29 PM PDT by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
UN Declares Internet a "Fundamental Human Right"

So is freedom from tyrants who feel they have a right to your wallet.

32 posted on 06/04/2011 5:56:06 PM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: gogogodzilla

“Trillions” is so ... yesterday. /s


33 posted on 06/04/2011 5:57:49 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. *4192*)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Did Algore give his okay?


34 posted on 06/04/2011 6:06:07 PM PDT by CardeadInKy ("The problem with Liberalism is that eventually you run out of other people's money" -Marg Thatcher)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
This stems from a fundamental misunderstanding of what a "right" is.

Government must be able to reasonably and properly redress a situation where a "right" has been violated. (Most often done by punishing those who violate the rights of another.)
Government must be able to provide reasonable protection for this "right" equally for all. (Equal Opportunity is simple, easy, and proper. The Left's insistence of Equal Outcomes is impossible and foolishly misguided.)
Claiming this "right' must not violate the rights of any others (hence the simplest argument against abortion's "right to choose").

Animals cannot have "rights" because it is beyond impossible to monitor all animals to discern when such violations occur. (However, punishing those humans who mistreat animals is certainly proper.)

Likewise, the internet cannot be a "right" because it cannot be provided to all equally, it is impossible to ensure that every citizen has access, and it is impossible to discern every time someone's "right" has been violated (cable down? hacker attack? modem acting fritzy? Who does Government go after?)

They're simply looking to make it an object for regulation, further under their control, because it is one of the greatest instruments of freedom ever created. (The firearm, the Magna Carta, and the US Constitution being three others on that list.) The UN can go pound sand.

I have to believe that if any governmental bodies attempt to regulate and control the Web to an unsettling degree, there are no shortages of ways around it. Other webs can be created, independent of the current one. There is absolutely no shortage of innovation in this area.

35 posted on 06/04/2011 6:08:02 PM PDT by Teacher317 (really?)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

It’s just the UN pretending to be God again.


36 posted on 06/04/2011 7:32:50 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: BuckeyeTexan; John Semmens
Crying out for John Semmens *PING*.

John, perhaps you could recast this (easy enough to find Euroweenie scandals or Wiener) as the UN declaring pr0n to ba a "basic human right"?

(Thanks, Buckeye.)

Cheers!

37 posted on 06/04/2011 7:33:46 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: NoNAIS

Wow, utterly mind-boggling. If liberals didn’t completely control government schooling it would have ceased to exist as a reasonable philosophy decades ago.


38 posted on 06/04/2011 7:34:43 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Well, at least one old friend of mine (Eugene Kaspersky) is trying to get an “Internet Driver’s License” adopted, so that only gov licensed users can have access. Declaring it off limits to regulators may soon be very necessary.


39 posted on 06/04/2011 7:37:07 PM PDT by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: NoNAIS
Okay. So Water is not a basic human right, but the Internet is?

It is a favorite theoretical political question to ask libs. If health care is a right, why not water and food? It is possible to go long periods of time without seeing a doctor, but try to go without food and water...you'll die. So food and water should be provided for everyone regardless of their ability to pay, right? Why not?

40 posted on 06/04/2011 8:46:57 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: BuckeyeTexan
Wagyu beef and lobster tails are a fundamental human right.

The garage doubles as my service entry. Make sure it's properly packed in ice.

41 posted on 06/04/2011 8:59:30 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Fundamental misunderstanding of what a right is. Rights are inherant and not dependent on the actions of another person.

Free speech is a right, freedom of religion, bearing arms for your own defense, these are rights that the government has no authority to interfere with. It is not a right if another person must be compelled to provide it.


42 posted on 06/05/2011 5:54:59 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: GreenLanternCorps

Exactly. A college education, a job, and healthcare are also not rights.


43 posted on 06/06/2011 7:20:29 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. *4192*)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
From Drudge today....FR thread:

Pentagon declares the Internet a war domain

44 posted on 07/14/2011 12:31:33 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Ernest_at_the_Beach. The message is, "screw clean water, waste disposal, food surplus -- every child should have a laptop and broadband to participate in global information exchange during their short lives." Of course, when leftists then start the very companies which build out the capacity and the software services that are paid for by gov't mandate, there are always those who scratch their heads about how the leftists wind up with all the money.


45 posted on 07/14/2011 5:01:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Hasenpfeffer before it's gone, gone, gone!)
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