jecasc - 10:52 pm on Jan 5, 2012 (gmt 0)
Actually Vint Cerf ist totally missing the point. Nobody has argued that Internet Access is actually a human right in itself. The point is that cutting of Internet access violates human rights. Like freedom of speech.
In June, citing the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, a report by the United Nations’ special rapporteur went so far as to declare that the Internet had “become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights.” (...)
But that argument, however well meaning, misses a larger point: technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself.
Ahem, Mr Cerf: That is exactly what the UN guy said: The UN guy said: The internet is a tool for realizing a range of human rights. He did not say the internet IS the human right.
However human rights are worthless if you cut of access to the means to excercise them.
Surely a 'Human Right', (if one ever does exist - other topic!), is one that affects all humans. So, are those guys living in the middle of the Amazon rainforest suffering because they don't have Internet Access?
I think you are confusing "basic needs" and "human rights". Else we would have to waive "freedom of the press", because they do not have newspapers in the Amazon rainforest.