We fair humans of Earth believe Internet access to be a fundamental human right
The BBC survey also has some other interesting findings: unsurprisingly, Nigerians and South Koreans believe the Internet should not be regulated by the government under any circumstances -- while in the UK, 55% believe that some regulation is necessary. The urge towards nationwide unregulated Internet access was strongest in South Korea, where 96% of those surveyed think Internet access is a fundamental right (Starcraft junkies!) -- while in Japan, Russia and Mexico, 75% said they 'could not cope without Internet access'.
I wasn't going to react, but then I also heard the news that Vegans are about to be protected by the Equality Bill here in the United Kingdom. Basically, just like religion, Veganism is being classified as a 'belief'. Cool huh? Anyway, that got me thinking about rights -- inalienable, from-birth, thou-shalt-prise-from-my-cold-dead-hands rights. Is Internet access really something that we should expect, without taxation, without anything in return? We're not talking about 'world peace' or some kind of intangible: we're talking about a network that is actively expanded and maintained.
'A fundamental right' is too strong a term. Breathing air is a human right, but Internet access? Speaking your mind to those that are near you is one thing, but the right to rant like a headless chicken into the infinite ever-reverberating space of the Internet? I don't buy it.