AUP students by the Seine.

Media, Comms, Global Change (MCGC)

Book-in-Progress Workshop: The Human Right to Free Internet Access, by Dr. Merten Reglitz (University of Birmingham)

University Room: Omid & Gisel Kordestani Rooftop Conference Center (Q-801)
Wednesday, May 10, 2023 - 09:00 to 17:00

In 2016, the United Nation’s General Assembly adopted a non-binding resolution regarding ‘The Promotion, Protection and Enjoyment of Human Rights on the Internet’. At the heart of this resolution is the UN’s concern that “rights that people have offline must also be protected online.” While the UN thus recognises the importance of the Internet, it does so problematically selectively by focusing on protecting existing offline rights online. I argue instead that Internet access is itself a moral human right that requires that everyone has unmonitored and uncensored access to this global medium, which should be publicly provided free of charge for those unable to afford it. Rather than being a mere luxury, Internet access should be considered a universal entitlement because it is necessary for people to be able to lead minimally decent lives. Accepting this claim transforms our conception of the Internet from a technology to that of a basic right.

Reglitz_Free Internet_10 May 2023 .jpg


The information you provide below is only used for event access and security, as well as to contact you in relation to the event and its follow-up. Please note that we will keep the information that you submit only for the period required to fulfil the requirements of running this event. You may consult our privacy policies for more information about how we use personal information generally. By clicking Save Registration, you agree to our use of your personal information as described. Please contact the communications team on if you have any questions or concerns.
The email to associate with this registration.
The number of spaces you wish to reserve.
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.