Tapping Into Tech for Human Rights and Human Welfare

The consideration of internet access as a human right has been topical as of late.  But before we get to that, I think sharing this humourous image* (an update to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs) recently circulated online is a good start (and indeed related):


Comically (and in many ways unfortunately), for those of us who are used to being digitally connected and logging on to our social media sites, WiFi access seems almost like our life blood and fundamental need before even our physiological needs at times. However, not everyone has access to the power of the internet.

Is the internet a fundamental human right?  As vice.com cites, “Amnesty (International) argues that technology is transforming society so completely, it’s forcing the notion of ‘a human right’ to evolve. The UN even released a special report on how important the internet is, ‘not only to enable individuals to exercise their right to freedom of opinion and expression, but also a range of other human rights, and promote the progress of society as a whole.”

Companies like Facebook and Google are working on bridging the connectivity gap in areas of the globe without such access.  Is this to ensure equity? To facilitate the process of keeping up with contemporary life? Or is it about business and economic progress?  Or maybe all of the above?  Check out the full article:  Why We Think the Internet Is a Human Right.

And while we’re thinking about global access to tech tools, an interesting article recently posted on dowser.org highlighted how innovative tech tools can be instrumental in initiatives to prevent atrocities in the world.  The piece shares info on winners of an innovative tech challenge and illustrates how modern online and mobile tools help collect data, catalogue stories, and build awareness–ultimately to create impact.  Continue to article–Powerful Tech: New Innovations to Fight Rape, Murder, and Atrocities


* I’m not sure of the original source of the image shared at the top of this blog but it could be from mdcounselling.

The Old Fashioned Way

Here’s an amusing picture circulated online showing the use of an old fashioned search engine…also known as looking up information at a library

prehistoric googlingIt was information at our fingertips but not all the information and not so instant.

Though I guess we were less likely to self-diagnose our own health ailments and symptoms by key word searches back then!  Plus, looking up more risque material would have involved more steps.

Our Google Brains?

Is the internet indeed ruining our brains? Check out this interesting piece and infographic from Mashable.  An insightful, kind of amusing (but sort of sad), and definitely poignant look at our electronic and online multi-tasking practices today.

I have to say that I do tend to have 3 or 4 tabs open these days…and yup, I’m guilty of instant googling to find info quickly rather than sifting through my memory cells.

Lately I’m doing that just to pin point the name of a movie!
Here’s the link:  http://mashable.com/2012/04/10/brain-internet-infographic/