Discuss: Internet Access for All

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August 23, 2013 at 05:41:11
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has started an initiative to provide everyone on the planet access to the internet. Discuss here if you think this is feasible, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
August 23, 2013 at 08:00:57
"Is connectivity a human right?"

Good question.

Is a cell phone a right? Is a telephone a right? Is TV a right?

I hardly think so.

Personally, I think it's infinitely more important that everybody on the planet has good clean water to drink, food to eat, clothing and a home. I think it's much more important that people are free from oppression and from acts of violence.

But hey, that's just me. I'm sure that starving child in [enter 3'd world country name here] would much rather have internet access than food. Mind you, if you can't afford food, how do you afford the electronic device to connect to said internet????

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
August 23, 2013 at 10:38:23
Curt R. My sentiments exactly. I must applaud Bill Gates and Warren Buffet for what they're doing with their money. Zuckerberg hasn't evolved that far yet.

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#3
August 23, 2013 at 11:29:33
Telephones became generally available in the 1920s. TV in the 1940/50s.

Neither of them are universally available even today so why should the Internet buck the trend.

To be honest the "connectivity is a right" claim is a pathetic argument.

As CurtR eloquently states, the only things that can be considered a right is food, water clothing and shelter. Anything else is a bonus.

Stuart


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#4
August 24, 2013 at 06:16:32
"I think it's infinitely more important that everybody on the planet has good clean water to drink, food to eat, clothing and a home."

Curt R nails it. Plus Zuckerberg hasn't even thought of the political aspects of this. He really thinks people in North Korea, Cuba, etc. will have even a sliver of a chance to access the internet?

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#5
August 26, 2013 at 01:06:54
No,I'm afraid that he can provide the people of North Korean access to the internet.

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