Access to internet - a human right!


Dear LG ICT-followers

The United Nations' Human Rights Council decided in 2012 that access to the internet is a human right - just like access to water and the right for freedom of expression. 

The UNHRC did not though advise on how to overcome the digital divide in our societies. Lack of access to a reliable, fast internet connection is a challenge that is shared by people all over the world - mostly in rural areas, and of course, mostly in developing regions. The root cause might be lack of infrastructure, but even with optical fiber cables in the ground everywhere, there are still a lot of people who cannot afford to pay for broadband. That's why South Africa has to fight that battle on several grounds at once: to put money and political pressure into developing the necessary infrastructure, and to get the prices down so that people can actually benefit from it. 

There are several projects and initiatives running around that, on all levels - some more, some less successful. It's worth having a look at those, and think a bit about it: what can you do in your municipality, how can you drive this development there? Maybe you can do it like Stellenbosch and set up free WiFi in your town. Or maybe contact those guys from google and ask them to send over some of those balloons to fly over the karoo.

Think out of the box and look around. Maybe there is something happening right around your corner? Maybe you just need some more people to come on board? Use the LG ICT Network to share your ideas & projects and search for people to team up with. We’re looking forward to it!

Truly yours

The LG ICT team




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