There is little doubt that the Internet is one of the most powerful tools of the century for empowering people, fostering innovation, creativity, and building economic opportunity.
This global network of networks is helping empower us to access information and knowledge, drive transparency, and facilitating our active participation in building democratic societies.
However, the increased importance of the Internet has also led to increased attempts by some governments to control their citizens' access to the Internet, without due regard to the impact on their fundamental human rights. We therefore think it is urgent to address this issue.
Did you know the United Nations in its Millennium Development goals lists Internet penetration as a key metric in efforts to reduce poverty?
December 10th marks International Human Rights Day
Designed as an open, decentralized tool that empowers users at a grassroots level, there’s no denying that the Internet transformed our world.
The open and global network offers you that chance to be a part of public matters and provides a platform for you to help influence the decisions that shape your communities. It has given a voice to the voiceless, pushed the boundaries of human innovation, built new communities, and helped them flourish in a way that was previously unimagined.
Tremendous achievements in providing Internet connectivity over the past decade have extended the potential of the Internet's contribution to social and economic development for everyone.
Access to the Internet, however, is only meaningful if it actually empowers people to:
- have better access to health and education
- know, defend and exercise their rights
- freely express and share their ideas
- be creative and innovate
- take part in new business opportunities
- use it as a tool for civic participation
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We view the Internet as an enabler for a wide range of Human Rights, such as the right to freedom of expression and opinion and the right to association.
The Internet Society is committed to ensuring the continuation of an open, global and accessible Internet, which can serve as an instrumental tool in fulfillng people’s aspirations for freedom of expression, as well as social and economic development.
We do this by working with all levels of governments, business, and communities to help ensure the adoption of policies that are not only technologically sound but also focused on human rights. Our community as well as our unique combination of technical, policy, and communication expertise makes us a trusted partner amongst those dedicated to a healthy Internet.