United Nations Declares Internet Access a Basic Human Right

A lengthy report released by the United Nations last Friday argued that disconnecting individuals from the Internet is a violation of human rights and goes against international law.  The report comes the same day that a monitoring firm found two-thirds of Syria’s Internet access has been shut down without notice.   “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,” according to the report’s summary, “but also a range of other human rights, and to promote the progress of society as a whole.”

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