The Importance of Internet Neutrality to Protecting Human Rights Online

  • Andrew McDiarmid
  • Matthew Shears


The history of the Internet has shown that it has tremendous capacity to advance human rights, in particular freedom of expression and related rights. Over two billion people around the world connect every day to access and share information and participate in wide-ranging aspects of social, economic, and political life. For individuals, connecting to the Internet provides access to an ever-expanding array of information resources and online services. At the same time, it offers opportunities for people to reach new audiences at very low cost compared to other forms of mass media. To an unprecedented degree, the Internet transcends national borders and reduces barriers to the free flow of information, enabling free expression, democratic participation, and the enjoyment of other rights.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew McDiarmid
    • 1
  • Matthew Shears
    • 2
  1. 1.GoogleCaliforniaUSA
  2. 2.Center for Democracy and TechnologyWashington, DCUSA

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