Ethics in technology: Internet access as a human right in the age of information

Sharma, Milind Malhar (2020) Ethics in technology: Internet access as a human right in the age of information. Supremo Amicus, 18. pp. 550-562. ISSN 2456-9704

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The internet has become an omnipotent entity in the present day and age. More companies, start-ups and businesses are relying on the services of the internet than ever before. As is evident, the lion's share of most economies is not occupied by the primary or the secondary sector but is instead claimed by the tertiary or services sector. The internet has played a huge role in this as sophisticated use of data has enabled tech giants like google and Facebook to transform our material and digital lives. In such a landscape, a question is increasingly being posed which concerns law and ethics- given the role it plays in our lives, should access to internet become a human right? This paper aims to analyse the idea of internet access as a human right and argues that while the ethical concerns in themselves are not settled, the existence of technocrats and internet monopolies pose huge impediments in attaining this goal. This is not only because of issues related to privacy and surveillance but potential undermining of individual decision making as a result of 'behavioural modification', which can potentially become a human right violation. Moreover, internet and technology have their own limits in terms of the way they deal with societal problems and aim to solve them. This is another impediment in the fight for internet access as a human right. The arguments made in this paper lead to the conclusion that there are possible solutions and that by adopting an 'ethics' based approach to the internet, a better world is possible where everyone has a right to access the internet without having to sacrifice individual freedom or autonomy.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Internet freedom | Human rights, privacy | Internet centrism | Behavioural modification
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2022 04:59
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2022 04:59
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