Four out of 5 people worldwide say Internet access is a human right, according to a recent BBC poll. Even more than Americans, Chinese believe that to be true.
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Chinese believe more strongly than Americans that Internet access is a basic human right.
But Americans are more likely to search the Internet for a girlfriend or boyfriend, according to a recent BBC poll of 27,000 people across 26 nations.
Perhaps because Americans can surf a number of websites cordoned off by the great Chinese Fire Wall – from the Dalai Lama’s personal web page to the Internet Movie Database – more Chinese (87 percent) see the Internet as a fundamental human right than do Americans (76 percent).
Worldwide, 79 percent of all Web users say access to the Internet should be a fundamental right. (Read the full report here.)
The data implies that Chinese citizens support US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's blunt condemnation of China’s strict Internet censorship in January, when she pledged to help citizens jump the “Great Fire Wall” that blocks access to tens of thousands of websites.
"Governments should not prevent people from connecting to the Internet, to websites, or to each other," Clinton said. "The freedom to connect is like the freedom of assembly in cyber space."