Brazil President Dilma Rousseff, right, with Nigerian free-Internet

activist Nnenna Nwakanma, after announcing new law protecting

personal data and net neutrality for Brazilians, at the NetMondial.



Brazil Passes NSA-Driven Internet Law, Seeks Global Action at NetMundial (O Reporter, O Globo, Brazil)


"The participation of governments must occur on an equal footing, without any one country having undue influence. ... In Brazil, citizens, companies and diplomatic agencies had their communications intercepted. These facts are unacceptable. They go against the very nature of the Internet - open, pluralistic and free. ... The rights of people offline should be protected online."


-- Brazil President Dilma Rousseff


By Flávia Alvarenga, agencies


Translated By Brandi Miller


April 25, 2014


Brazil - O Reporter - O Globo - Original Articles (Portuguese)

Google Vice President Vint Cerf addresses global delgates at the NetMundial, a conference called by Brazil to push forward more democratic Internet governance, i.e.: limiting the influence of the United States, Apr. 23.

EURONEWS VIDEO, FRANCE: Brazil's Rousseff calls for more 'democratic and transparent' Internet, Apr. 23, 00:01:27 RealVideo

SÃO PAULO: President Dilma Rousseff today (Apr. 23) defended a model for global governance of the Internet that is "multi-sectoral, multilateral, democratic, and transparent." She participated in the opening of NetMundial, a summit that runs until tomorrow in São Paulo, with the participation of 80 countries, to discuss the principles of Internet governance and a proposed roadmap for the evolution of the system. "The participation of governments must occur on an equal footing, without any one country having undue influence," she declared.


Dilma recalled that the need to promote a meeting like this one arose specifically out of accusations against the U.S. government of digital espionage.


"In Brazil, citizens, companies and diplomatic agencies had their communications intercepted. These facts are unacceptable. They go against the very nature of the Internet - open, pluralistic and free," she noted. This reality is what led Brazil to put forward a proposal in the U.N. General Assembly to establish a Global Civil Milestone for the Internet.


The president made the assertion that, "the rights of people offline should be protected online," as an example of the right to privacy. "This meeting is a response to a global yearning for changes to existing legislation and the systematic strengthening of the freedom of expression on the Internet, and the protection of basic human rights," she said. The meeting will discuss and propose principles for a model of governance from the 188 contributions submitted by different sectors, private, academic, and civil, from 46 countries.


U.N. Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo said that the Internet is essential for disseminating information and governance, and that therefore, this characteristic [of openness] must be preserved.


"We increasingly have people who can make their voices heard and participate in society. Therefore, it is essential that Internet governance continues to encourage freedom of expression and a free flow of information," Wu said. He recalled that a third of people in the world now have access to the Internet, and that although that is a significant number, it remains necessary to expand on the democratization of the network, especially in developing countries.


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The representative of civil society who also participated in the conference’s opening, Nigerian Nnenna Nwakanna, stated that the Internet increasingly a means for accumulating wealth.


"The right to development must include social justice. I want a mechanism that includes the people, and is a means of innovation for the human mind to flourish," she stated.


Also present were representatives from the private sector, including Google Vice President Vint Cerf, and physicist Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web.




Also on Wednesday, after passage in the Senate, President Rousseff signed Internet Civil Milestone legislation. The new law establishes the rights and obligations of Internet service providers operating in Brazil.


The only point of Internet Civil Milestone that allows for control over information without a court order is when dealing with pornography. Last year, a girl from Goiânia was surprised by the posting on a social network of a video in which she appears talking with her boyfriend about sex. The material became known throughout the country. She stopped studying and working, and the case made it's way to the police.


With approval from the Civil Milestone, from now on, the victim has more security. She could ask the Internet service provider to remove the published material without need to turn to the courts. Companies that fail to act will be liable for a violation of privacy.


The Civil Milestone defends freedom of expression. Except in cases involving pornography, ISPs are no longer liable for content posted by third parties, and will only be responsible for damages if they fail to respond to a court order to remove material from their network.

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Right to privacy: When terminating an account, users are guaranteed that their personal information will be deleted from the network. It can be stored for six months for potential investigations, but will then be erased. Companies cannot store data about the content accessed by users, or store data on the Web pages and that users visit.


Net neutrality: Prohibits any company from limiting access to certain users, or selling packages that come with restrictions.


"No operator can make a sale by saying that if you want a basic access paid 10 if you want to access videos will pay more 15 or email access , plus 5. Access is unlimited ," explains researcher at the University of Brasilia Marcello Bar.


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