Vint Cerf’s confusing ideas on Internet access and human rights

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January 8, 2012
The Libertarian Standard
by Stephan Kinsella  
Posted in Commentary

"Vint Cerf, the 'father of the Internet,' has given very confusing reasons for his view that Internet Access Is Not a Human Right. First, he says that Internet access, unlike freedom of speech and access to information, is not a human right. Cerf’s stance on the debate boiled down to this: 'Technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself.' Hunh? What does 'access to information' even mean? It seems to be some unlibertarian positive right. And if such things can be 'rights,' why can’t access to the Internet?" (01/06/12)

 

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