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Community Use Of Digital Resources: Free Access For All?

Community Use Of Digital Resources: Free Access For All?

A reliable internet connection is fast becoming a human right. In fact, access to the Internet has already been defined as a human right in countries like France and Finland. Using the internet is now so integrated in everything we do that it has become a necessity rather than a luxury.

According to Wikipedia, “The right to Internet access, also known as the right to broadband, is the view that all people must be able to access the Internet in order to exercise and enjoy their rights to freedom of expression and opinion and other fundamental human rights, that states have a responsibility to ensure that Internet access is broadly available, and that states may not unreasonably restrict an individual’s access to the Internet.”

More people than ever are coming online, and with more than 3 billion people already connected to the Internet, access to a wealth of information is now readily accessible to anyone. So, does this mean we are moving towards a time when all members of society will have access to hundreds, if not thousands of apps, digital tools, and the internet in general?

It seems as if there’s an abundance of new apps, digital tools and general resources popping up online everyday. There is an infinite flow of new product releases and a range of self-contained digital resources ranging from apps to softwares, many of which are free and available for everyone to use. Whether it’s desktop publishing softwares like Adobe, freeware applications like Marble, team collaboration software tools like sharepoint for community projects, there are other gazillion self-contained digital resources which provide access to diverse, primary resources designed to save time and make life easier for all.

Thinking about the future of technology unleashes hundreds of possibilities. We all know just how valuable a new app or tool can be in making our lives more productive. Digital resources have become almost part of every person as it represents a new commitment to digital openness.

Undoubtedly, internet access has become essential for contemporary living. We need it, but there should be guidelines and balance to ensure privacy, protection and public order.