In discussions about the future of the Internet, many folks will say that the United Nations (UN) sees Internet access as a basic human right – this has been a common refrain since UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue published his 2011 report.
But the thought of the Internet as ‘a new human right’ never sat well with me.
So this week, I decided to do something novel: read the UN report for myself.
And guess what? That’s not what it says.