Internet access and economic, social and cultural rights

Publication date: 
September 2015
Author: 
Juan Carlos Lara, Derechos Digitales
Publisher: 
APC

This paper addresses the relationship between access to the internet as a key to facilitate and enjoy ESCRs, comparing discourses surrounding internet access, and the frameworks to allow internet access as a right within the larger context of access to different economic, social and cultural rights. The second section summarises the analysis of internet access as a right, concluding with a list of key arguments in favour of and against the recognition of the right to access the internet, as well as the framework for the perceived full realisation of such a right. The third section briefly reviews some access frameworks developed for human rights, while the fourth section attempts to tie these frameworks to advocacy for access to the internet. Sections five and six contain implications and recommendations.