It’s time we do something about Eduroam’s dastardly reign of oppression.

Dear Eduroam,

We have recently seen more and more students across Oxford stand up to fight for what they believe in, to demand the change that they deserve. I believe, however, that we have neglected the most important issue of all – one that requires urgent attention.

That issue is you, Eduroam. We have allowed you to run unchecked for far too long, and for many of us it has become second nature to put up with your oppressive behaviour.

The definition of oppression is ‘prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or exercise of authority’. That is exactly what we as students suffer at your hands on a daily basis. We are continually made subject to your whim, to the point that you restrict our right to exercise free will. Again and again we are confronted with your refusal to connect, despite it being your duty to oblige. I have lost count of the number of times I have been unable to read for an essay because of this or – even worse – been unable to access Netflix. You impinge upon my education, you impinge upon my recreation. At present it feels as if I am entirely trapped, held fast by your tyranny.

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The hated oppressor

 

 

I am not alone in this. Complaints about your attitude have been building for a while now, and it is only a matter of time before action becomes more drastic. The people subjugated by you are becoming restless and are uniting in their desire to see you overthrown.

They do not demand much, only access to a solid internet connection; but an internet connection that is representative of so much more. That internet connection is an extension of our fundamental rights. It facilitates our education and the procrastination that is so central to the lives of so many students. By refusing us that, you are limiting us, imposing boundaries on our potential, stifling our genius.

So, Eduroam, I urge you to rethink your stance. Remember the obligation you have to us, the students who depend on you. Recognise that the restrictions you impose on our free will are unquestionably, indubitably wrong, and abandon them. We are united in condemnation and refuse to back down.

Yours most sincerely,

Lauren Patrick

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