The Digital Revolution: Should WiFi be a Basic Human Right?

Unless you have spent the last three decades securely hidden under a rock, then Wi-Fi is probably a big part of your life. For people that were born after the early ’90s, they have never known a world without Wi-fi and probably won’t be able to even think of a life without it.

Wifi has done so much for us as a society, it has brought us closer than we have ever been and has given us the key to an entire world of knowledge that would not have been available to us in the past.

As amazing as the internet is, it isn’t nor has it ever been free. This means accessing the internet comes with a line of costs, costs that some people simply cannot afford given the current climate. This means there is an entire sector of society that is familiar with wifi and the doors that it can open, but they are unable to access it due to financial reasons.

Some people strongly disagree with the fact that there are people out there that don’t have access to the internet, due to the way the internet acts as a connecting piece to the rest of the world. Though there are places where you can find free wifi, people believe wifi should be available for free at home These people believe that access to the internet should be a basic human right, but should it?

 

Connectivity

As I have already stated previously, the internet is one of the biggest forms of connectivity that we have right now. Given the current climate where it has been recommended that we keep to ourselves and practice social distancing, many of us haven’t seen our friends or loved ones for some time. It also is extremely uncommon that people would use telephone or letters to communicate anymore, so not having access to the internet puts you at a big disadvantage socially.

Many people believe that it is unfair to limit the ways in which people can communicate, as this may lead to depression and loneliness, especially right now. Allowing everyone to have free access to the internet means that nobody will be put at a disadvantage and there won’t be an issue when it comes to them being able to communicate with the people they care for.

Allowing people to have this communication is also estimated to drastically decrease the number of people currently dealing with loneliness, which can only be beneficial for society in general as well as the funds the health system.

 

Employment

As you may know, in the last decade essentially everything has moved online. This includes the world of employment. It is rare these days that businesses will accept job applications through in-person applications and those that do try to enquire in person have often turned away and asked to apply online. If you are someone that has no wifi, it is likely that you have made this choice for economic reasons. Not having wifi can put you at a serious disadvantage in the world of employment and you could miss out on job opportunities. Issues like this have seen an increase in poverty in areas that don’t have open internet access, which only supports the idea that wifi should be a human right. If everyone was able to get onto the internet in order to apply for jobs, then there would be fewer people unemployed and therefore fewer people seeking state support, so really supplying wifi to all of the citizens within a country would save that country money in the long run.

 

Education

We are living in an extremely confusing time right now thanks to the pandemic and certain aspects of life are not operating as they once were. This includes the schooling system and the way in which that operates. Classes are no longer being held in person for the most part and so people are expected to communicate with their class via zoom or other applications.

For most people, this is not difficult at all, but for those that don’t have access to the internet then this is impossible to do. This means that many extremely intelligent and eager students are being denied their right to education due to their lack of internet, though if having access to free wifi was a basic human right, then this wouldn’t happen.

As well as not being able to attend their classes, many of the students that are being forced to take classes online are not able to complete homework and extracurricular activities, which means that they are falling behind their other classmates. This is extremely unfair as it means they will have a lot of catching up to do in the future, which could only continue to interrupt their studies.