Four in Five Believe Internet Access a Fundamental Right

In a study conducted by the BBC World Service, four in five respondents said they believe web access is a fundamental right.

27,000 people from 26 countries were surveyed. 78 percent of Internet users believed the Web gave them greater freedom, while nine in 10 said it was a good place to learn.

Almost 50 percent of those who used the Internet said they most valued the ability to find information. Over 30 percent valued the ability to interact and communicate with others while 12 percent saw it as a source for entertainment.

Almost 50 percent of those who used the Internet said they most valued the ability to find information. Over 30 percent valued the ability to interact and communicate with others while 12 percent saw it as a source for entertainment.

Of the areas of concern, the poll found that fraud was the greatest worry, ahead of violent and explicit content and threats to privacy.

Pakistan remained at top from bottom where people disagreed with un-regulated internet. Total of 12 percent people in Pakistan thought that Internet shouldn’t be regularized, meaning that 88 percent remaining thought regulated internet can do better for their lives.

Along with Pakistanis, Chinese and Turkish people had somewhat similar thoughts where only 16 percent and 13 percent respondents opted for un-regulated internet.

By the way, Internet is already regulated in Pakistan, to some extent at least. Though there is no censorship policy in place, but Government can stop your access to internet or a particular website at any time.