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Why the internet underpins fundamental human rights

By November 21, 2018 No Comments

The internet is a tool of freedom, but it needs to be cheaper and more universally available.

It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the internet. While on a day-to-day basis, let’s be honest, it can be a morass of banality, a collection of comedy cat videos, bickering politicians and trailers for the next blockbuster movie, even the simplicity of doing something like the weekly shopping or banking has enhanced many lives around the world.

The internet also supports the wider spread of knowledge, enhanced understanding of different cultures, and creates the potential for dissenting voices to be heard.

In 1948 the then fledgling United Nations emerged from the failure of the League of Nations and the conflagration of World War II. The new creation outlined 30 fundamental human rights that societies should work to achieve [http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/].

These rights included the aspiration that we are all born free and equal and have the right to a fair trial, should be allowed freedom of thought and freedom of expression.

Celebrating an anniversary of rights

December 10, 2018 marks 70 years since these rights in were declared in post-war Paris. Looking back, it is astonishing to think how much the world has changed during that time. We’ve reached the moon, we’ve found cures or even eradicated a swathe of infectious diseases and we’ve made great strides in reducing poverty.

Reading through the UN’s fundamental human rights today though, it is equally amazing to thing that they are all still relevant today.

It’s also interesting to reflect on how the internet now underpins so many of them. It gives people an opportunity to hear perspectives from around the world, provides access to information that can form the bedrock of an education, and creates forums where people can enjoy freedom of expression.

It is a sad fact that we are a long way from being able to say that the rights laid down by the UN seven decades ago have been universally applied. There’s even a case for saying that in some countries we are as far from universal freedom as we have ever been, but the principle holds true and consistent, cost-effective and open internet access has a pivotal role to play in building human rights.

The first step: cheaper internet

It’s worth noting that despite the internet having the potential to underpin everything that the UN has been working towards, uneven access and pricing have meant that its benefits have not been evenly applied.

This could be in the process of changing. Projects such as the Mogu Smart Router have the potential to make it easier for countries to implement a stable internet structure without having to go through the excessively expensive process of implementing an entire national infrastructure.

We achieve this by utilising domestic routers’ idle time to make them operate as a distributed server network, reducing the reliance on traditional server infrastructure which can be colossally expensive and often monopolistic. Using the Mogu infrastructure, the speed of the internet is increased and, as we have described in other articles, the real-term cost of internet access and data analysis is significantly reduced.

As newspapers (in both their physical and online guise) regularly show, we are a long way from being able to say that the UN’s fundamental human rights have been universally implemented. Finding a way of implementing a more efficient internet infrastructure could help people around the world move towards a better standard of living and enjoy more of the universal freedoms that should be everybody’s right. And that includes the right to watch comedy cat videos.

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