Research: Basic human rights include Internet access

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A global survey by the Internet Society found 83% of web users believe access to the Internet should be considered a basic human right, while 30% feel the Internet is currently being censored.

Reston, Va. – Eighty-three percent of web users believe access to the Internet should be considered a basic human right, while 30 percent feel the Internet is currently being censored, according to a new global survey by the Reston-based Internet Society.

The survey included participation from more than 10,000 Internet users in 20 countries, covering areas such as how users manage personal information online, attitudes toward the Internet and human rights, censorship and the potential for the Internet to address issues such as economic development and education.

Among the other results, 98 percent of respondents said the Internet is essential for their access to knowledge and education, while 96 percent of Internet users said they access the web at least once a day. The full report is available here.

This article was also published in Potomac Tech Wire.

Related links:

Internet Society – press release

Internet Society – Global Internet User Survey

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