8 Mar 2010

Internet a fundamental human right - survey

10:31 pm on 8 March 2010

Twenty years after the Internet was invented, an international survey has found a majority of people now regard access to the World Wide Web as a fundamental human right.

Four-fifths of respondents to a BBC poll conducted across 26 countries agreed everybody has the right to use the Internet.

More than 27,000 adults were surveyed.

International Telecommunication Union secretary-general Dr Hamadoun Toure says the Internet is the most powerful potential source of enlightenment ever created.

He says governments must regard the Internet as basic infrastructure, just like roads, waste and water.