Should surfing the web count as a human right? The view from South Africa.

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 14/12/2019 23:32

Should internet access be seen as a human right?

To answer that question, activist Onica Makwakwa likes to begin with a story.

In 2015, South Africa’s capital Pretoria began setting up free Wi-Fi hotspots across the city. Local media interviewed a teenage boy from Atteridgeville, a poor black community on the city’s fringes, who regularly walked four miles roundtrip to use the nearest hotspot.

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