What is your name and DG?
Katarzyna Syska, DG Justice
Who is your personal hero?
Martin Luther King
What is your Idea That Matters?
Internet access is a fundamental right
Internet Access Is a Fundamental Right by Katarzyna Syska is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License
My idea is simple – Internet has become so essential in our lives that access to it should be considered a fundamental right. Try to imagine the Arab Spring happening without the social media. Think of all the information and knowledge you could not access when Wikipedia blacked out for a day a few weeks ago. Picture this: you can only fill in a form to obtain a driver’s license or a passport online, and you can take part in a public consultation on a project of a new law only via Internet.
These are just a few examples of the ways in which Internet is crucial for our freedom of expression, for our access to knowledge or our citizens’ rights. Should the state authorities be, therefore, allowed to arbitrarily disconnect their residents from Internet? Absolutely not. Quite the opposite – if a state wants to live up to its promise of respect for fundamental rights and participatory democracy, it should ensure that its citizens can benefit from an affordable and reliable Internet connection.
What is your favourite TED talk and why?
There are a few, but Aleph Molinari’s talk about bridging the digital divide fits into the context of my speech:
Where can we find you online?