February 17, 2014
When governments seek to expand Internet access in their countries, they commonly focus their efforts on three aspects. One of them is to deploy the necessary infrastructure to connect citizens, which involves wired -such as fiber optics- and wireless media.
Another item is the availability of devices capable of connecting to the Internet, such as computers, smartphones or tablets. To close the loop, some States implement digital literacy campaigns, so that potential users have the necessary skills to take full advantage of digital applications.
It is critical that any efforts focused on expanding Internet access preserve the open and neutral nature of the network. In particular, it is important to pay attention to the role that the State plays in any country, since it can hinder the exercise of the right to freedom of opinion and expression regardless of whether it acts as an operator or as a regulator.
via Venezuela shows the risks of the State as ISP – FayerWayer.
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