Marco Civil: Brazil's Push to Govern the Internet
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is staking out a leadership role for Brazil on the contentious issue of Internet governance. She has prioritized certain legislation amid revelations of widespread electronic espionage by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Rousseff is also promising to introduce an international Internet governance proposal at the United Nations, for which India has voiced support [Note: Some sources are in Portuguese].
A bill introduced in 2011, known as Marco Civil da Internet (Civil Rights Framework for the Internet), has been slowly making its way through Brazil's National Congress, undergoing an extensive public consultation process. Some main provisions include privacy protections, net neutrality, and the non-liability of Internet platform providers for content posted by users (unless ordered removed by a judge).
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