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Earlier this summer, the United Nations declared that Internet access is a human right. It's easy to see why—the Internet has facilitated major shifts in global power and has become a driving force in society. Critics say while the Internet is transformative, declaring it a human right devalues the idea of human rights. Others see it as a necessity for survival in the 21st century. What do you think? Vote now!

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Critics say focusing on the Internet is like focusing on access to signs. The Internet is a tool to express rights, not a right in and of itself. 

 Loosely put, it must be among the things we as humans need in order to lead healthy, meaningful lives, like freedom from torture or freedom of conscience. It is a mistake to place any particular technology in this exalted category, since over time we will end up valuing the wrong things. For example, at one time if you didn’t have a horse it was hard to make a living. But the important right in that case was the right to make a living, not the right to a horse. Today, if I were granted a right to have a horse, I’m not sure where I would put it.
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Here are some more perspectives. 

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The Internet has become an incredibly powerful way for a person to express their rights. 

Hughes described the resolution as a "much-needed response" to increased pressure on online freedoms. In a press statement, he said: "From impunity for the killings of bloggers to laws criminalizing legitimate dissent on social media, basic human rights principles are being disregarded to impose greater controls over the information we see and share online."
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Here's why people think Internet access is a human right. 

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Does declaring Internet access a human right devalue human rights?
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#InternetIsARight
#InternetNotARight