THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - DAVID TAFURI

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    David Tafuri, a partner in the Firm’s Washington office, wrote an opinion piece published by The Wall Street Journal on February 9, 2011, that asks if the Internet has a right to protection under international law forbidding governments from taking it away.

    The op-ed examined the increasingly important role of the Internet in people's everyday lives, and claimed that denying access to the Web is no different than taking away a printing press. Mr. Tafuri pointed out that while no treaty or court has "expressly recognized the Internet as a fundamental right," Internet access may some day be protected by a doctrine known as customary international law.

    "In the meantime," Mr. Tafuri wrote, "technology usually finds a way around government decrees."

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