Internet access is a basic human right: A Q&A with Keren Elazari

Darrel itsdarrel:

I totally agree, why should people in power run a monopoly on knowledge, one can reply “because knowledge is power” but words only have as much power as we give them, I might sound a bit arrogant but I think this is true to an extent. you can witness how words change over time e.g. Gay, this use to mean happy in old English but in modern times it was a homophobic word used to brand, however gay people now use the word to empower them selves, another example is the word “Paki” used to diminish Pakistani people, but some take the word and use it as a positive representation thereby changing other peoples views. #Free knowledge

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Keren Elazari speaks at TED2014. The day she gave her talk, we spoke to her about TK. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Keren Elazari speaks at TED2014. The day she gave her talk, we spoke to her about the shutdown of Twitter in Turkey. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Two weeks ago, hours after Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed to “wipe out” Twitter, his government blocked access to the platform across the country. It was just weeks before a hotly contended election, and Erdoğan was upset about tweets accusing him of corruption. A judicial ruling in Turkey called for Twitter to take down the offending links, but when Twitter did not comply, the Turkish government opted to block the site. (Since then, the courts have deemed the ban illegal, but the government has yet to lift it — and instead banned access to YouTube as well, reportedly due to a security leak.)

Other governments have also tried to block access to parts or all of the Internet in the past…

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