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    United Nations: Disconnecting People From the Internet Is a Violation of Human Rights

    The United Nations has declared Internet access a human right, and disconnecting people from it is against international law.

    The recent UN report explores the issues of Internet access in great detail, both on the infrastructural level and as a matter of access to content.

    United Nations: Disconnecting People From the Internet Is a Violation of Human Rights
    At first I thought this was a bit overzealous, but after thinking about it more I agree with the UN. The internet is the 21st century of the newspaper or television, and cutting people off is even more harmful than denying them access to those things would be. This is one of many reasons I oppose giving any person or government a "kill switch" through which they can cut people off from the internet.

    Do you agree with the UN that it's a violation of human rights to disconnect people from the internet? Why or why not?
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    Re: United Nations: Disconnecting People From the Internet Is a Violation of Human Ri

    I think it's ridiculous that this is what we're pouring millions upon millions into every year.
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    Re: United Nations: Disconnecting People From the Internet Is a Violation of Human Ri

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    At first I thought this was a bit overzealous, but after thinking about it more I agree with the UN. The internet is the 21st century of the newspaper or television, and cutting people off is even more harmful than denying them access to those things would be. This is one of many reasons I oppose giving any person or government a "kill switch" through which they can cut people off from the internet.

    Do you agree with the UN that it's a violation of human rights to disconnect people from the internet? Why or why not?
    You don't have a right to a TV or a newspaper, why should one have a right to the internet?

    I can't get the page to load, so i can't read the article, but if your internet provider cuts you off for non-pay, can you claim they are violating your human rights?
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    Re: United Nations: Disconnecting People From the Internet Is a Violation of Human Ri

    Quote Originally Posted by WI Crippler View Post
    You don't have a right to a TV or a newspaper, why should one have a right to the internet?

    I can't get the page to load, so i can't read the article, but if your internet provider cuts you off for non-pay, can you claim they are violating your human rights?
    For the same reason people think everybody has a right to a house and a car and a job and everything else...
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    Re: United Nations: Disconnecting People From the Internet Is a Violation of Human Ri

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    At first I thought this was a bit overzealous, but after thinking about it more I agree with the UN. The internet is the 21st century of the newspaper or television, and cutting people off is even more harmful than denying them access to those things would be. This is one of many reasons I oppose giving any person or government a "kill switch" through which they can cut people off from the internet.

    Do you agree with the UN that it's a violation of human rights to disconnect people from the internet? Why or why not?
    I think I'm gonna take a moment to laugh at you, the UN and anyone else that thinks access to the Internet is a "Human Right".

    Laughable, except for the more dangerous underlying issue:

    If access to the internet is a "Human Right" then that means you cannot be charged to access it, which means "Government" must provide it. Furthermore, if it's a "Human Right" and a Government entity has to provide for it, to ensure your rights after all, that means the Government will need to ensure that the content you are receiving is "the right content".

    You didn't think about it Kandahar, you felt about it, and it felt bad to think that somewhere, someone, might not be able to access the internet! Didn't it?
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    Re: United Nations: Disconnecting People From the Internet Is a Violation of Human Ri

    Quote Originally Posted by WI Crippler View Post
    You don't have a right to a TV or a newspaper, why should one have a right to the internet?
    But you have the right to *access* TV and newspaper, at least in this country. The government can't just ban you from viewing or participating in those media sources if you want to.

    Quote Originally Posted by WI Crippler
    I can't get the page to load, so i can't read the article, but if your internet provider cuts you off for non-pay, can you claim they are violating your human rights?
    No. Not unless they're denying you the ability to get internet from someone else.
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    Re: United Nations: Disconnecting People From the Internet Is a Violation of Human Ri

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    I think I'm gonna take a moment to laugh at you, the UN and anyone else that thinks access to the Internet is a "Human Right".

    Laughable, except for the more dangerous underlying issue:

    If access to the internet is a "Human Right" then that means you cannot be charged to access it, which means "Government" must provide it. Furthermore, if it's a "Human Right" and a Government entity has to provide for it, to ensure your rights after all, that means the Government will need to ensure that the content you are receiving is "the right content".

    You didn't think about it Kandahar, you felt about it, and it felt bad to think fo someone, somewhere, not being able to access the internet didn't it?
    "Disconnecting people from the internet is a violation of human rights" =/= "Having the internet is a human right"
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    Re: United Nations: Disconnecting People From the Internet Is a Violation of Human Ri

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    But you have the right to *access* TV and newspaper, at least in this country. The government can't just ban you from participating in those media sources if you want to.



    No. Not unless they're denying you the ability to get internet from someone else.
    The problem here is, you seem to fail to understand what a "right" is.
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    Re: United Nations: Disconnecting People From the Internet Is a Violation of Human Ri

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    "Disconnecting people from the internet is a violation of human rights" =/= "Having the internet is a human right"

    Fail.
    No sir, the fail is your "feeling" not thought, that it would be a violation of someones "human rights" not to be able to access the internet.
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    Re: United Nations: Disconnecting People From the Internet Is a Violation of Human Ri

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    No sir, the fail is your "feeling" not thought, that it would be a violation of someones "human rights" not to be able to access the internet.
    Do you think that the government should be able to ban you from accessing newspapers, television, radio, and books too?
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