Fee internet basic human right?

Should free internet access in public libraries be a basic human right?

Heather Lamond, president of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA), thinks so:

“With so much of our government information and access to services only available online, how is everybody going to have access to all the information they need to be an active participating citizen in our democracy?” she said.

Anyone without the internet is at a disadvantage in many ways.

But some people manage quite happily without it and I wouldn’t go so far as to say free access to it is a basic human right.

5 Responses to Fee internet basic human right?

  1. Andrei says:

    Everything is a human right theses days.

    Everything except the right to bring your children up the way you see fit.

    Apparently spinster politicians (school girls who have never grown up) and their homosexual colleagues in Parliament are experts in matters of raising children and legislate accordingly


  2. Alwyn says:

    It has, I fear, become a necessity to have Internet access.
    If it is only possible, as she says, to access Government information via the Internet it does become desirable to provide it free.
    That doesn’t mean ALL material on the Internet should be available free. I don’t see why we should provide access to interactive games for example.
    Incidentally it is just about necessary to have a cell phone these days. I was registering on a website the other day and a mobile phone number was a required field. It wouldn’t accept the entry without one being provided.


  3. pdm says:

    I would prefer free electricity – and we all know that is not going to happen.


  4. JC says:

    If free library internet access is a basic human right.. then so must be free radio, newspapers, TV, landlines and mobile phones.

    Fortunately, over the past few hundred years we’ve had sufficient sensible people to knock such stupid crap on the head.. lets hope there are still a few of those people left.

    Now lets look at our basic human rights, and here we have the greatest sentence in English that has ever been written to guide us:

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    That pretty clearly tells us the sort of innate rights we have.. among them the right to sell our labour, earn some money and purchase the tools we might need to better inform ourselves and participate in Democracy.

    Personally, I think and I’m pretty sure the Founding Fathers would have agreed, the moment I’m forced to pay for your internet connection means we dont have a democracy. My responsibility is limited to ensuring your right to purchase said equipment.



  5. Freddy says:

    That brought a tear to my eye JC…well said!


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