Anorak | Why Zuckerberg wants everyone to have the Internet as a ‘human right’

Why Zuckerberg wants everyone to have the Internet as a ‘human right’

by | 4th, September 2013

File photo dated 26/5/2011 of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has vowed to make internet access available around the globe by launching a new initiative to make getting online more affordable. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday August 21, 2013. Currently 2.7 billion people - just over a third of the world's population - have access to the web, but Mr Zuckerberg's goal is to make it possible for a further five billion. The Facebook chief executive is launching in partnership with other companies including Ericsson, Samsung and Nokia, which will develop joint projects and share knowledge to bring the world online. See PA story TECHNOLOGY Internet. Photo credit should read: Chris Ratcliffe/PA Wire

MARK Zuckerberg, the billionaire behind Facebook, has just announced that he’s joining forces with other tech firms in order to try and bring the internet to everyone. One the grounds that internet access for the 4 billion humans that don’t currently have it is akin to a human right :

Mark Zuckerberg’s altruistic finger is twitching just as usage of his free content ad network appears to have plateaued.

In a post on his personal Facebook account, Zuck asked: “Is connectivity a human right?”

An actual human right, no, that sounds a little too far. The right to free speech, to association, to a fair trial, yes, these are indeed human rights. But to an internet connection? No, I think not.

The reason he’s doing this of course isn’t anything at all to do with human rights. It’s because Facebook has some 1 billion of

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