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United Nations report: Internet access is a human right

Internet access is a human right, according to a United Nations report released on Friday. "Given that the Internet has become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and accelerating development and human progress, ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all states," said the report from Frank La Rue, a special rapporteur to the United Nations, who wrote the document "on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression." La Rue said in his report that access to the Internet is particularly important during times of political unrest, as demonstrated by the recent "Arab Spring" uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, among other countries. From the report: DOCUMENT: Read the United Nations report La Rue also urges governments to eschew laws that allow for people's access to the Internet to be blocked. Israeli newborn named 'Like' in tribute to Facebook -- Nathan Olivarez-Giles Related:  Internet Politics

Vint Cerf: Internet access isn't a human right | The Digital Home Although some countries around the world argue that Internet access is a fundamental right , one of the "fathers of the Internet," Vint Cerf, doesn't see it that way. "Technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself," Cerf, who is also a Google's chief Internet evangelist, wrote yesterday in an editorial in The New York Times. "There is a high bar for something to be considered a human right. But not everyone is so quick to agree. The same year, the European Union's European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding wrote to the European Parliament, saying that Internet access is no different than other basic freedoms we value. "The new rules recognise explicitly that Internet access is a fundamental right such as the freedom of expression and the freedom to access information," Reding wrote at the time. But perhaps Reding and those who agree with her are missing the point. Speaking of civil rights, Cerf made headlines last month, as well, when he wrote a letter to the U.S.

Democratic globalization Democratic globalization is a social movement towards an institutional system of global democracy that would give world citizens a say in world organizations.[citation needed] This would, in their view, bypass nation-states, corporate oligopolies, ideological NGOs, cults and mafias. One of its most prolific proponents is the British political thinker David Held. In the last decade he published a dozen books regarding the spread of democracy from territorially defined nation states to a system of global governance that encapsulates the entire world. These proponents state that democratic globalization's purpose is to: Expand globalization and make people closer and more united;Have it reach all fields of activity and knowledge, not only the governmental one, but also the economic, since the economic one is crucial to develop the well-being of world citizens; andGive world citizens democratic access and a say in those global activities. Background[edit] Social movements[edit] See also[edit]

Fast Internet access becomes a legal right in Finland (CNN) -- Finland has become the first country in the world to declare broadband Internet access a legal right. The move by Finland is aimed at bringing Web access to rural areas, where access has been limited. Starting in July, telecommunication companies in the northern European nation will be required to provide all 5.2 million citizens with Internet connection that runs at speeds of at least 1 megabit per second. The one-megabit mandate, however, is simply an intermediary step, said Laura Vilkkonen, the legislative counselor for the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The country is aiming for speeds that are 100 times faster -- 100 megabit per second -- for all by 2015. "We think it's something you cannot live without in modern society. Finland is one of the most wired in the world; about 95 percent of the population have some sort of Internet access, she said. "Universal service is every citizen's subjective right," Vilkkonen said.

Vint Cerf: Internet access is not a human right One of the fathers of the internet, Vinton Cerf, widely known for creating the TCP/IP protocol took the opportunity in a recent NYT article to dismiss the idea that the internet is a civil or human right, saying that some people are missing the point entirely. He argues that use of the internet is not a human right, but is merely a method of communication, and entities such as the United Nations should be concentrating on more fundamental worldwide problems and not on making broadband communications a human right. "Technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself," he writes. "There is a high bar for something to be considered a human right. Cerf continued, "The best way to characterize human rights is to identify the outcomes that we are trying to ensure. There is no doubt that the internet has been instrumental to the protests seen in the Middle East and parts of Northern Africa in the last year.

All Signs Point To A Coming EMP Attack Upon The United States | Conspiracy Theories “The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and the USA FederalEmergency Management Agency (FEMA) are going to exchange experts during joint rescue operations in major disasters. This is provided by a protocol of the fourth meeting of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Working Group on Emergency Situations and seventeenth meeting of Joint U.S.-Russia Cooperation Committee on Emergency Situations, which took place in Washington on 25 June.The document provides for expert cooperation in disaster response operations and to study the latest practices. This is followed by letting the Russians and Chinese into the Grid EX II drill as well as the RIMPAC war games. An occupation force is being mobilized. Let’s not forget the backdrop of our present environment. If this is not enough proof about what is coming, we must realize that every false flag event must have a beta test, and we have that as well. Yemen Yemen was the beta test Where is this headed? Sincerely, MIKE THOMPSON Dr.

Facebook Now Knows What You're Buying at Drug Stores In an attempt to give advertisers more information about the effectiveness of ads, Facebook has partnered with Datalogix, a company that "can track whether people who see ads on the social networking site end up buying those products in stores," as The Financial Times's Emily Steel and April Dembosky explain. Advertisers have complained that Facebook doesn't give them any way to see if ads lead to buying. This new partnership is their response. The service will link up the 70 million households worth of purchasing information that Datalogix has with Facebook profiles so they can see if the ads you see changes the stuff you buy and tell advertisers whether their ads are working. Specifically, Datalogix gets its information from retailers like grocery stores and drug stores who use loyalty discount programs to amass careful records of what their customers are buying. Facebook has put some privacy protections in place to head off a similar reaction.

Vint Cerf: 'The internet is not a human right' 10 Ways to Build a Better Big Data Security Strategy Vint Cerf is warning that people who insist that the internet is some sort of human or civil right are missing the point. In an op-ed piece in The New York Times, Cerf – regarded by many as one of the fathers of the internet for his role in creating TCP/IP – explained that technology isn’t a human right in itself, but merely an enabler for more concrete things such as communication. He criticized the UN and others for taking the position that broadband communications is a human right, saying that we should instead focus on more fundamental problems. “Technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself,” he writes. “There is a high bar for something to be considered a human right. It might be argued that internet access was a civil right, since it is something that people look to governments to provide as a matter of course. “Improving the Internet is just one means, albeit an important one, by which to improve the human condition.

Police Confiscate Healthy Baby Because it Was Born at Home Fatima Doumbouya had no idea of the horrors that would ensue for simply choosing to have her baby in her own home. Earlier this month Doumbouya, with her husband at her side, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl in the comfort of their own home. For six days they enjoyed being new parents before deciding that it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to get their newborn baby screened for any health issues. Little did they know that they would kidnapped and treated like incompetent criminals. Doumbouya claims that upon their arrival to the hospital, doctors arranged to have her baby taken to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), without her permission. The nurse said “they will be here to take her soon to CHOP.” They understood the notion that the Children’s hospital would have better equipment, but they didn’t understand why they were setting this up behind their backs. However, the hospital had already contacted authorities before they even made the threat, according to Doumbouya. Comments

Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2013 By Jeffrey Beall Released December 4, 2012 The gold open-access model has given rise to a great many new online publishers. There are two lists below. The second list includes individual journals that do not publish under the platform of any publisher — they are essentially independent, questionable journals. In both cases, we recommend that researchers, scientists, and academics avoid doing business with these publishers and journals. There are still many high-quality journals available for scholars to publish in, including many that do not charge author processing fees. The author is grateful to the many colleagues who have shared information about potential predatory publishers. The criteria for inclusion in the lists can be found here. A PDF version of this document is available here. List 1: Predatory Publishers List 2: Individual Journals: Like this: Like Loading...

UN report declares internet access a human right A United Nations report said on Friday that disconnecting people from the internet is a human rights violation and against international law. The report railed against France and the United Kingdom, which have passed laws to remove accused copyright scofflaws from the internet. It also protested blocking internet access to quell political unrest. While blocking and filtering measures deny users access to specific content on the internet, states have also taken measures to cut off access to the internet entirely. The Special Rapporteur considers cutting off users from internet access, regardless of the justification provided, including on the grounds of violating intellectual property rights law, to be disproportionate and thus a violation of article 19, paragraph 3, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The report continues: Source: Wired.com

Tyranny: The Tipping Point Is Here Michael EdwardsActivist PostIn Malcolm Gladwell's provocative book The Tipping Point , he gives many examples of how seemingly small, insignificant decisions can radiate to cause an eventual wave of change that overtakes the prevailing modes of behavior. He clearly extrapolates how the silent leaders of society -- not the ones on TV, or the ones we appoint -- set trends through their singular ability to recognize an underlying need, or change of direction. It can be as simple as a clothing style, a type of cuisine, a new travel destination . . . or the need to change the world's political course. These tyrants have vastly underestimated the power of numbers and the exponential factors by which simple numbers can increase to create a tipping point that can cause an overnight Sea change. The good news is that it is already too late for the forces of tyranny; they have had their reign for long enough -- The Tipping Point has been reached. Fresh food that lasts from eFoods Direct (Ad)

Brazil looks to break from US-centric Internet (Update 2) Brazil plans to divorce itself from the U.S.-centric Internet over Washington's widespread online spying, a move that many experts fear will be a potentially dangerous first step toward fracturing a global network built with minimal interference by governments. President Dilma Rousseff ordered a series of measures aimed at greater Brazilian online independence and security following revelations that the U.S. The leader is so angered by the espionage that on Tuesday she postponed next month's scheduled trip to Washington, where she was to be honored with a state dinner. Internet security and policy experts say the Brazilian government's reaction to information leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is understandable, but warn it could set the Internet on a course of Balkanization. While Brazil isn't proposing to bar its citizens from U.S. Rousseff says she intends to push for international rules on privacy and security in hardware and software during the U.N.

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