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Broadband Access Made a Legal Right in Finland

Just last week we posted our interview with HASTAC's first Distinguished Scholar in Residence Dr. Allison Clark who argues that "digital literacy and access are the new civil rights."  It was with great enthusiasm that I read in yesterday's news that this idea is gaining traction, with Finland becoming the first country in the world to make broadband a legal right for every Finnish citizen. Read more about it here in the Huff Post.


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I was really interested when I saw that Findland is working towards making the Internet a right that is accessible to its citizens. I wonder if the tools to use the internet are included in this sytem as well, since broadband is not very useful without some instrument (such as a computer or cell phone) to use it. I think it is important for everyone to have access to the World Wide Web for the sharing of knowledge. I also looked at a similar article about this at http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/oct/14/finland-broadband. It also discusses Great Britain's plan to make digital technology more accessible. However, they are also considering punishing individuals who abuse the internet for criminal activities. For example, a person who is found guilty of copyright infringement could have their internet taken away. I think it is a good idea to have guidelines such as those to prevent problems and illegal actions. Although, I think most people who would use technology for crimes would be able to find some way to access digital technology. Do you think that within the next ten years, everyone in the U.S. will be able to go on the internet? When will everyone in the world be able to communicate through broadband services? Also, what about individuals who choose not to use this technology (such as the Amish)?   

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