Scarcity, abundance and the right to communicate

By Ithiel de Sola Pool - 1977

If the phrase right to communicate can have a legitimate and important meaning different from freedom of speech, it is that while one's freedom is a constraint on others against interference by them it levies no positive obligations on them to assist in any way. A right is a claim on others to yield some resources. That is the important difference between right and freedom

By Ithiel de Sola Pool| 1977
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Communication rights enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication. They are vital to full participation in society and are, therefore, universal human rights belonging to every man, woman, and child.


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