Blazing a Web Rights Trail

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Blazing a Web Rights Trail


Lawson, Tom, New Internationalist


BRAZIL

Believed to be the first of its kind, the Marco Civil da Internet (Civil R ights Framework for the Internet) was signed in April by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and came into effect in June.

It will give the country's 100 million web users the right to free expression online, with internet service providers (ISPs) only able to suspend users when they owe the ISPs money.

Security of personal data will be improved, with some filtering tools, such as Deep Packet Inspection, becoming illegal. Internet 'neutrality' will also be ensured, despite pressure from companies for higher speed preferences for certain content.

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the internet, is supportive of the Framework: 'The Marco Civil reflects the internet as it should be: an open, neutral and decentralized network, in which users are the engine for collaboration and innovation.'

The original bill was created using a multi-stakeholder process, including a two-year public consultation involving web users, government agencies, businesses and academics. …

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