Is Internet A Basic Need? Germany Thinks So!

Making Internet a basic right for citizens seems like an overzealous stance taken by web evangelists when they talk about how the web is becoming less open. But you know what? There is a lot of it that makes absolute sense. This  first human project besides language that is open by nature and distributed across geographies so that people can collaborate, be informed and create marvelous things, including businesses, has seen a lot of attacks lately, some from corporations, copyright lobbies and the rest from insecure Governments. So this begs a question. Is Internet access a basic right for every citizen of a nation?

A top German court has decided that it is!

The court while deciding on the seemingly trivial case of a man who lost his Internet connection for 2 months due to an administrative error by his ISP has reached this  profound conclusion. It ends well for the man since he is getting monetary compensation for his troubles. However, this ruling sets some a precedent and makes us realize just how ubiquitous this pulsing network of communication and information has become in the relatively few years that it has been around.

Email is the most common lifeline for most professionals but social networking as an activity has pushed ahead of it in the last few years, thanks to mobility and apps. Me and many others like me who work in digital media or any other modern profession are heavily dependent on that Internet connection, without which we are reduced to taking unnecessary amounts of stress and just looking at each other helplessly! The point I am trying to make here is that if the Internet vanished one night, we would be heavily clueless as to how to go about our jobs and be productive.I want you to imagine your job without the Internet and tell me if you are going to be as productive. I know that many of you will not have a clue as to what to do during such a circumstance. Leaving jobs aside, how will you meet new people? How will you quickly discover new places to eat? How will you take solo road-trips to some place you don’t know the way to?  As we contemplate this, you will realize that the web has spun itself deeply into our lives, so deep in fact that we cannot project how we would do things without it. As mobile Internet and the web see increased usage in India in the next couple of years, we should expect that the Internet be made a basic right for everybody.

What do you think?

One Response to “Is Internet A Basic Need? Germany Thinks So!”

  1. January 28, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Education is considered a basic right in India by govt definition and Internet is now an integral part of education so day is not far when some Indian court may also give same sort of ruling.

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