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

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THIS IS WHAT IS CHANGING OUR UNIVERSE. THE POWER OF INFORMATION

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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One thought on “Internet access is a basic human right: A Q&A with Keren Elazari

  1. Africans are not taking advantage of the internet. People don’t know that billionaires of the 21st century make their money entirely through the internet. This shows how powerful information is in our generation.

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