The APC Internet Rights Charter states that all people have the right to access to the internet. This requires government leadership, market engagement, and most importantly, citizen and civil society participation. Affordable, fast and easy access to the internet can help create more egalitarian societies. It can strengthen educational and health services, local business, public participation, access to information, good governance and poverty eradication. But we should not assume that all technological innovation is automatically beneficial. Civil society organisations (CSOs), governments and regulatory agencies should be aware of the internet’s potential to reinforce existing inequality. The right to internet access encompasses the right to access to infrastructure irrespective of where one lives; the right to the skills to use and shape the internet to meet one's needs; the right to interfaces, content and applications accessible to all; the right to equal access for men and women; the right to affordable access; the right to access in the workplace; the right to public access; and the right to access and create content that is culturally and linguistically diverse.
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Source: APC Internet Rights Charter
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