Kerala becomes 1st state to declare Internet as basic right; announces free wifi for 20 lakh citizens
The Kerala government has announced an initiative in this budget to provide free internet connection to 20 lakh citizens.
https://m.yourstory.com/2017/03/kerala-free-internet-connection/ I think this is a positive step, but devil is in the details.
“A basic human right? A state wide wifi network? What if you want to use it without identification? What if a parent denies it to a child?" https://twitter.com/noufalibrahim/status/842802827508367360
Looking at how public internet cafes are monitored (you need to register your photo id) or centralized internet connections in campuses/offices are tracked (you have to login with your id) and censored (no torrents, no social networks etc) I don't think this is going to be any good for privacy/free speech.
I think we should add access to uncensored, unmonitored internet as a human right to our manifesto, ensuring privacy and free speech is protected. We should make a statement in support of this move, but asking the tough questions about the implementation.