"Access to reliable healthcare information is (or should be) a human right: Do you agree or disagree?" (17) Access to the internet

18 June, 2023

Dear Neil

Thank you for your thoughtful and well researched response, which I like. [ https://www.hifa.org/dgroups-rss/access-reliable-healthcare-information-... ]

The statistics demonstrate that large numbers of people do not have access to reliable information on the internet. Today as per the statistics https://www.statista.com/statistics/617136/digital-population-worldwide which says “As of April 2023, there were 5.18 billion internet users worldwide, which amounted to 64.6 percent of the global population. Of this total, 4.8 billion, or 59.9 percent of the world's population, were social media users.”. In stead of talking about health information (health is a human right), as a human right, lets talk about access to the internet, as a human right. Lets talk about access to electricity for millions of people and secure their health. My serious worry is that AI is increasing creation and access to misinformation, right now.

With kind regards.

Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, PhD, IAHSI

HIFA profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA Working Group on Multilingualism. http://www.hifa.org/support/members/najeeb http://www.hifa.org/projects/multilingualism Email: shorbajin AT gmail.com