“Life, liberty and security of person,” are among the fundamental human rights protected by the United Nations. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the same document that states these rights, protects the universal human right to education as well as other freedoms. For a long time, debate questioned if access to clean water could be considered a fundamental human right. Then in July the UN declared that it is indeed a fundamental human right.
Now we ask, is internet access a fundamental right?
Five countries (Finland, Estonia, France, Greece and Costa Rica) believe it is. Some argue that internet access is central to education and communication and that internet should be regarded as infrastructure. By 2015, the UN aims to provide access to communication as part of its Millenium Development Goals to reduce global poverty and improve living standards. Still, exactly how this could be funded or implemented is not yet clear.
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When it comes to snow do you love it or leave it?
I was mesmerized by the icebergs in Antarctica- each unique like a snowflake.
Sure – they smell…badly – but I found the odor pretty easy to overlook in light of their general adorableness.
First rule of ‘Kayak Club’ in Antarctica is that you are not late to kayak club meetings. The second rule of kayak club is that you ARE NOT late to kayak club meetings.
I had made up my mind, I wasn’t going to do it. Nope. Not doing it.