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human rights

I suppose you might be one of the 4 billion people who have supposedly watched the opening ceremony of Olympics in Bejing so there's a good chance there's no need for me to introduce you to what it is.

Someone accidentally posted this link in an IRC channel and since I was curious I checked it out. It's a pretty nice and functional map of freedom in the world, mapping countries in three categories: not free, partly free and free.

From a quick survey of the map it looks like the half of the world, and counting such highly populated places like China, even more than half live without essential freedoms, which is quite sad.

Gustavo's post led to an interesting short discussion with yours truly. Is the availability of a free computing environment an undeclared human right, or is it merely a necessity for preserving human rights in today's society? Splitting of hairs, writing of words Smiling .