Syria offline as UN declares web access a human right


Syrian internet connectivity was down on Friday, as illustrated by Renesys.

In one of the finest juxtapositions of theory versus reality you'll ever see in the tech industry, Syrians found the majority of the country's internet services down on Friday at the same time that the UN released a report (PDF) stating that internet access is now considered a 'human right'. The report states: "Very few if any developments in information technologies have had such a revolutionary effect as the creation of the Internet". The reasoning, in part, is that, especially in restrictive societies, the openness of the internet enables freedom of expression and information, which "contributes to the discovery of the truth and progress of society as a whole".

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