Earlier this month, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, called for a “Bill of Rights” for the web on its 25th birthday. Late last night, Brazil broke ground and became the first country to pass a bill protecting the rights of internet users.
An “overwhelming” majority of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies voted for the internet bill of rights bill called the “Marco Civil da Internet,” according to ZDNet. The bill, a result of a four-year process, is the first to set internet governance principles in Brazil, which protects freedom of expression, the right to privacy, and net neutrality – the most emphasized provision in the piece of legislation. While the Marco Civil bill still needs to pass the Senate before getting approval by President Rousseff, it appears the most difficult process for its approval has been completed.
The Marco Civil bill was first officially drafted in 2009, and went through a long process of approval and consultation, including an 18 month period of discussion through the internet by various stakeholders, including telecommunications companies, government agencies, civil organizations, and users, according to Access Now.
While not perfect for internet activists, due to disagreements and extended wrangling over parts of the legislation, the Marco Civil legislation includes key provisions that protect netizens in Brazil – some which appear to be a direct result of the 2013 revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency’s surveillance activities, especially those relating to NSA’s spying on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
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