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Old 06-08-2011, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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How do they plan to enforce this right?

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A United Nations report released Friday declares Internet access a human right. Presented to the General Assembly, the report by UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue states that, "the Internet has become a key means by which individuals can exercise their right to freedom and expression."


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Old 06-08-2011, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Wrong forum. Moderaror, please move to Politics and Other Crackpots.
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:32 AM
 
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By making basic access to the internet a free service, which I think is a great idea. Not having internet access 'in todays day and age' is a huge handicap, and there are more Americans that are not wired in then you think.

I believe a lot of this started in Sweden, but I could be mistaken. They where among the first that I heard of that have actually taken action in their country on the subject. http://www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/14192/a/165079
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Old 06-08-2011, 11:58 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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is that about giving folks free internet, or about folks like these mid east dictators closing off net access for the deliberate purpose of isolating people and denying them information?

looks to me like the latter. They are no more calling for costfree internet, than for cost free printing presses, or TVs. They ARE saying govt censorship is a denial of human rights.
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:20 PM
 
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I don't see anyone at the UN calling for free international internet network--all they are doing is acknowledging the importance in unrestricted access to the internet rather than the censored or blocked internet access people in dictatorial or totalitarian regimes have.

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A United Nations report released Friday declares Internet access a human right. Presented to the General Assembly, the report by UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue states that, "the Internet has become a key means by which individuals can exercise their right to freedom and expression."
I think given that we're all posting on CityData to express our own opinions, most of us would agree with the bolded statement.

Also, why was this posted in the history forum? Move it to the politics forum where people can argue whether this consitutes "liberal looniness." They love that kind of crap over there.
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Old 06-08-2011, 01:31 PM
 
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Yes, let the P&C wackos debate this so they can alternate between "This is Bush's fault" and "This is Obama's fault".
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Old 06-08-2011, 03:26 PM
 
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Wrong forum. Moderaror, please move to Politics and Other Crackpots.
Crude way of saying it but not entirely untrue, LOL.
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Old 06-09-2011, 06:34 AM
 
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With the Internet rapidly replacing print media, I can understand why this might be seriously considered.

I'm from a family who remembered censored newspapers with huge hunks of blank space where they had been censored, nowadays that would be considered outrageous and we assume we can read anything we like. I think looking at Internet use probably reflects the history of print abuse and misuse.
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Old 06-09-2011, 01:01 PM
 
Location: NC
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I don't see a problem with this at all.
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Old 06-10-2011, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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They are thinking ahead... it's not about what the internet is now, it's what it will become.

The future internet will host various virtual parallel worlds, where we will act out all our fantasies in environments which will be so convincing that it will be difficult to seperate them from reality (and preferable to reality to boot). Eventually, the internet will be beamed straight into our brains.

Meanwhile, the powers that be will use this late 21st century version of bread and circuses for the masses to keep an overpopulated and rather scary world pacified and controllable...

.... Or is this already a virtual world we're acting out our lives in? Ugh, it makes my head hurt...
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