Founder Elle Farrell-Kingsley was deeply shocked during the pandemic to discover the staggering number of individuals who lacked access to the internet. Through her research and experience as a technology journalist, she uncovered the often-overlooked, yet increasingly common issue of internet poverty. This revelation motivated her to take action and bring attention to this pressing problem.
With a background in technology reporting, policy analysis, and journalism, Elle offers a unique perspective on the intersection of technology and society. Drawing from her expertise, she aims to bridge the gap between technology and human interaction, ensuring that the responsible use of technology and equal access to the internet are given the attention they deserve.
Elle actively engages in policy-making initiatives, participating in international roundtable discussions and advocating for young voices to be heard by policymakers and government representatives. Through this multifaceted approach, Internet Human Rights was born, striving to empower individuals, create awareness about internet poverty, and drive meaningful change at the intersection of technology, policy, and human rights.
WHY MAKE IT A HUMAN RIGHT?
Access to the internet should be recognised as a human right because it has become an essential tool for education, communication, and participation in today's interconnected world. Just like access to education and clean water, the internet plays a crucial role in empowering individuals and communities to thrive and exercise their basic rights.
Moreover, by starting small and advocating for internet access as a human right, we believe it can gain the necessary recognition and momentum to be implemented on a global scale. By acknowledging it as a human right, countries and governments are compelled to take action and prioritise the provision of universal internet access. As such, states will then be held accountable if action is not taken. This collective effort has the potential to significantly improve the lives of individuals around the world, fostering equality, bridging the digital divide, and unlocking new opportunities for all global citizens. Together, we can make a lasting impact and pave the way for a more connected and equitable future.
Here are a few key reasons why internet access deserves the status of a human right:
Education and Knowledge: The internet serves as a vast repository of information and educational resources, enabling individuals to learn and acquire knowledge across various subjects. Without internet access, many people are deprived of educational opportunities, hindering their personal and professional growth.
Digital Participation: The internet provides a platform for individuals to express their thoughts, engage in social and political discourse, and participate in the global community. By denying internet access, we limit people's ability to contribute their perspectives, engage with diverse ideas, and actively participate in shaping their societies.
Economic Opportunities: In today's digital age, the internet has become integral to economic growth and opportunities. It facilitates access to job opportunities, entrepreneurship, and online markets. By ensuring universal internet access, we empower individuals and communities to participate in the digital economy and reduce socioeconomic disparities.
Bridging the Digital Divide: Without recognising internet access as a human right, we risk deepening the divide between those who have access to information, resources, and opportunities and those who do not. This exacerbates existing inequalities, creating a significant barrier for individuals and communities striving for progress.
Imagine a world without the internet—where access to information, communication, and opportunities is limited or nonexistent. Recognising internet access as a human right acknowledges its critical role in modern life and emphasises the importance of ensuring equal access for all. By bridging the digital divide and making internet access a fundamental right, we can work towards a more inclusive and equitable society, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and succeed.