The world is going through a profound change where advances in Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) have tied nation states into an increasingly complex web of development, thus prompting the extreme importance of access to ICTs. Article 27 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) provides that ‘everyone has the right to participate, enjoy and share in scientific advancement and its benefits’. Though, billions of people the world over are presently excluded from access to ICTs necessitating the submission yet those who lack access to ICTs are extremely marginalised from present day development. This article critically weighs the immense importance of ICTs to everyday living and global development, the relationship between access to ICTs, law and human rights and recommends the adoption of a human rights-based approach towards bridging the ICTs or digital divide.
Published in the International Journal of Advanced Legal Studies and Governance, Vol. 4, No. 2