A new perspective on net neutrality
In the privileged West, we have been talking about net neutrality as a question of whether we can watch movies well. In the Middle East, net neutrality has a much more profund meaning: as a human right to connect. When Mubarak shut down the internet, when China shuts down Facebook, when Turkey shuts down YouTube, when America concocts its own kill switch, they violate the human rights of their citizens as much as if they burned the products of Gutenberg’s press.
- Jeff Jarvis, Gutenberg of Arabia
I believe that whole-heartedly; the right to a free, open and unencumbered Internet is fundamental to democracy. Net neutrality is as critical today as Gutenberg’s press was in his time – it’s the linchpin of people’s voice and power and shouldn’t be taken lightly.