The Internet and the right to communicate

  • William McIver
  • William Birdsall
  • Merrilee Rasmussen


The development of the Internet challenges traditional conceptions of information rights. The discourse surrounding these rights and the Internet typically deals with each right in isolation and attempt to adapt long established understandings of each right to the new technological environment. We contend there is a need to address information rights within a comprehensive human rights framework, specifically, a right to communicate. This paper examines the development of a right to communicate and how it can be defined and implemented.
How to Cite
McIver, W., Birdsall, W., & Rasmussen, M. (2003). The Internet and the right to communicate. First Monday, 8(12).