The Wednesday Weigh-In: Right to surf edition

onlineLast year, Finland became the first country in the world to make internet access a basic right for its citizens.

Since then, the country had made good on its promise to keep Internet access affordable to all Finns, with more than 85 percent of Finns currently able to access to the Internet. This makes Finland rank among the world’s Top 10 most wired nations.

And this summer, a report by a United Nations special rapporteur declared that internet access is a basic human right. According to the report, disconnecting people from the Internet – which happened across the Middle East and North Africa during the protests this spring – constitutes a human rights violation and is thus against international law.

I think about this a lot because, well, I write on the internet, and I also work a lot with women from all over the world. Sometimes their rural location or lack of connectivity can present a big obstacle to our feminist movement-building.

With this in mind, today’s Wednesday Weigh-In is:

What role does staying connected play in your feminism? What could better internet access mean for your political activity and viewpoints?

Can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

Brooklyn, NY

Lori Adelman is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to serving as an Executive Director at Feministing, Lori is the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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