Internet access is a human right

Close to 80 per cent of people around the world believe that access to the Internet is a basic human right.

An international poll conducted for the BBC World Service saw 79 per cent of 27,000 adults indicating that Internet access should be 'the fundamental right of all people'.

78 per cent said the Internet had brought greater freedom, 90 per cent thought it was a good place to learn, and just over half admitted to wasting at least some of their spare time on social notworking sites.

We reckon it's only a matter of time before a new European directive introduces compulsory Facebook breaks so that people can keep up with their fake friends during working hours.

More than half of the respondents said that the Internet should never be regulated by governments and forty per cent said that they wouldn't be able to cope without online access.

It wasn't all positive news, however. 32 per cent of people polled said that fraud was the biggest cause for concern when surfing, whilst 27 per cent were troubled by porn and violence and 20 per cent were worried about privacy violations.

The poll's findings could add weight to the growing concerns about removing or limiting online access to persistent file sharers under 'three-strikes' rulings which have already been implemented in France, and are being considered by many other countries.

One of the biggest concerns is that whole households could be cut off because of the actions of an individual.