Mobile Internet Access as a Human Right: A View from the European High North

Hossain et al. (eds.), Enablement besides Constraints: Human Security and a Cyber Multi-disciplinary Framework in the European High North, 2019

Posted: 21 Dec 2019

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Stefan Kirchner

University of Lapland, Arctic Centre

Date Written: December 4, 2019

Abstract

Mobile internet access has become an indispensable aspect of life for many people around the world, but internet access cannot be taken for granted everywhere. In particular, in the remote and rural areas of the European High North, the thinly populated northernmost regions of Norway, Finland and Sweden, access to sufficiently fast mobile internet services is not a luxury but can be a matter of life and death in emergency situations. The availability of mobile internet services is also a concern with regard to the ability to live in remote regions while participating in the wider society's activities with regard to work, education and services. This chapter investigates the matter of fast mobile internet access in the rural regions of Northern Europe from the perspective of international human rights law and shows how a right to fast mobile internet is currently emerging in the region.

Keywords: Human Rights, Communication, Arctic, Right to Internet, Mobile Internet, Finland

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Kirchner, Stefan, Mobile Internet Access as a Human Right: A View from the European High North (December 4, 2019). Hossain et al. (eds.), Enablement besides Constraints: Human Security and a Cyber Multi-disciplinary Framework in the European High North, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3498359

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