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Is Internet Access A Human Right?

Since my novel’s theme revolves around Global Peace and since I facilitate a group in the virtual world Second Life called Global Peace Chat and since, as a writer, I’d love to see more fiction aimed at helping our World, a story on Global Voices caught my attention.

Guatemala: Indigenous Village Declares Internet Access a Human Right brings the news from Santiago Atitlan:

“The concepts of community and sharing are entrenched in the daily life of indigenous people in Guatemala. Common spaces, open doors, collaboration and sharing are the main characteristics of these communities…”

“…indigenous cultures are embracing new technologies and adapting their use to accord with traditional principles.”

“…Frank La Rue, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, was invited to launch the community Wi-Fi. The Special Rapporteur congratulated the community and celebrated that Internet access is recognized as an effective tool to exercise and enforce other rights.”

“Santiago Atitlan and its people are teaching the rest of us three important lessons: Internet is a rights enabler, since it makes the exercise of other rights possible, such as, the right to know; community Wi-Fi, as described by the mayor, has many benefits; and finally, new technologies are of extreme importance for indigenous cultures, as they enable indigenous youth to share their millenarian cultures with the world, spread their ideas, and invent a future without borders.  The future is now, and you can live it in the village of Santiago Atitlan.”

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2 responses to “Is Internet Access A Human Right?

  1. janedarntonwatson August 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    It is great to see a community like this teaching us what communication is all about and what a positive medium the internet can be…I truly believe it’s best use it to connect people, which it can do brilliantly. The internet can be misused, just like anything else but I really believe it is not what you do, it’s how you do it… just like it’s not what you write it’s how you write!… we should take a lesson from the folks in Santiago Atitlan :):)


  2. Alexander M Zoltai August 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Yes, Jane, and there are many Americans who won’t take that message of sharing and openness because they consider themselves “superior” to the folks in Santiago Atitlan…


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