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Internet is indeed a human right
"Vint Cerf (former Founding Father of the Internet, and current Google lobbyist) says that the Internet access is not a human right. The gist of his argument is that the Internet is just technology. It’s how we use this technology (for things like speech) that is the human right, not the technology itself. That’s the wrong way to look at it. New technology adds new complications that require clarification. Eugene Volokh has a great discussion of this here (summarized here). Samuel Johnson's 1755 dictionary makes no mention of the newspaper industry when defining "press". It wasn't until after the First Ammendment was written that "press" started to be used for "newspaper industry"."