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Vint Cerf: Internet Access Not a Human Right But Only Means to an End

Technologies such as the Internet should be viewed as enabler of rights, not a right itself says Vint Cerf (CircleID) in an op-ed piece in The New York Times. He writes: “The best way to characterize human rights is to identify the outcomes that we are trying to ensure. These include critical freedoms like freedom of speech and freedom of access to information—and those are not necessarily bound to any particular technology at any particular time. Indeed, even the United Nations report, which was widely hailed as declaring Internet access a human right, acknowledged that the Internet was valuable as a means to an end, not as an end in itself.”

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VINTON CERF
Co-designer of the TCP/IP Protocols & the Architecture of the Internet

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