a fundamental human right. The U.N.
has developed connectivity targets including the U.N. Broadband Commission 2025 target (75% of the world using
broadband Internet, 35% in least-developed countries or LDCs) and the U.N.
Sustainable Development Goal 9c tar-
get for 2020 (universal and affordable
Internet users are many—from mis-
information or cyberstalking to an
increasing loss of control over our
personal data and privacy—to be of-
fline today means to be excluded from
opportunities to learn and earn, to ac-
cess valuable services, and to partici-
pate in democratic debate. Although
a discussion on the value of connec-
tivity is essential, and we recognize a
need to define just what sort of Inter-
net we want to build for the future—
this column focuses on those who
remain unconnected and when they
may come online.
In 2016, the United Nations (U.N.) declared Internet access a human right.a If
we accept this U.N. position then those
who remain unconnected are not merely
inconvenienced, they are being denied
a 32nd session of the Human Rights Council;
Are We Losing
Estimating when the second half of the world will come online.