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Is Internet access a human right? Top 10 nations that say yes.

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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.

IN PICTURES: Top 10 countries that say Internet access is a basic right

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.)

That ranks China as the world’s 8th most ardent believer in Internet access as a basic right, while America falls in the middle of the pack.

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