Survey concludes Internet access should be a human right

An estimated one third of the world's population (or 2.3 billion people) is onlineAffordable access to the Internet should be a human right, as it represents hope for political freedom and economic prosperity to many around the world, according to a survey Monday. Most people also do not want any one nation or organization to manage this global network of computers, in order to prevent crackdowns on free speech and political expression. The CIGI-Ipsos survey of 23,376 people in 24 countries was unveiled at the start of a two-day meeting in Ottawa on Internet governance. According to the Global Commission on Internet Governance, which is hosting the Ottawa conference, the world is at a crossroads, with competition for power and influence of all aspects of the Internet heating up.

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