Should internet access be a fundamental human right?April 19, 2021 2939 views 13 comments 2 minutes reading time
Reliable internet access has never been more necessary to reach essential services, job opportunities and up to date information. Adapting to the digital evolution has not only become a requirement for organisations wanting to create an impact in the 21st century, but for governments who are adjusting to the digital world by shifting a majority of their services online.
Africa is quickly joining the rest of the world by making this transition while facing an array of structural challenges, ranging from governance and politics to economic and social issues. With more online activity, there has also been an increase in regulations leading many to argue that some governments have over-regulated the digital space, resulting in what some are calling a violation of human rights.
We asked international broadcaster Zeinab Badawi about her thoughts on whether internet access should be considered a human right.
Governments across Africa are facing the headache of balancing enforcing the rule of law and protecting freedom of speech. The majority of governments have established laws to create order across digital platforms. Some rules are similar to those of Western countries, while other laws have been perceived as so stringent that they border on the extreme when it comes to privacy and freedom of expression.
We asked Paula Ingabire, the Minister of ICT and Innovation in Rwanda, where she stands on this issue.
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