The results of a survey conducted by GlobeScan for the BBC, in which more than 27,000 adults across 26 countries took part, show that 79% “strongly agree” or “somewhat agree” that access to the Internet is a fundamental right.
BBC: Internet access is ‘a fundamental right’
Frankly speaking, I don’t understand what they mean by that. That nobody should be legally banned from said access? That governments should provide one for everyone currently present in their countries? That they shouldn’t filter anything? That… there are so many possible interpretations as to make the statistic rather valueless. But there are other, more interesting findings mentioned in the article. “In Japan , Mexico and Russia around three-quarters of respondents said they could not cope without it.” I beg your pardon? Yet in the same Japan a majority of users “felt that they could not express their opinions safely online”. Huh?