Access' overview of NetMundial in Brazil, Apr 23-24: "Issues to watch" include: human rights; privacy; surveillance; development & access to the internet
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Author: Global Voices
In the eve of the global Internet governance event hosted in Brazil, NETmundial, the Brazilian Senate approved the one-of-kind bill of rights for Internet users, known as “Marco Civil”. The final sanction is now in the hands of President Dilma Rousseff. According to a press release [pt] by the Senate, the quick approval, without amendments, was motivated by the interest that “the bill becomes law during NETmundial,” which starts today April 23, 2014, in São Paulo. “Marco Civil could have a revolutionary effect on the current Internet policy environment,” Global Voices Advocacy editor Ellery Biddle wrote after the approval of the bill in the lower house of Congress, on March 25.
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Author: John Ribeiro, PC World
A campaign on the Internet is objecting to the exclusion of issues like net neutrality, the cyberweapons arms race and surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency from the discussion paper of an Internet governance conference this week in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A significant section of the participants are also looking for concrete measures and decisions at the conference rather than yet another statement of principles...
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Author: Deborah Brown, Access
...NetMundial, [evolved into] an initiative of 12 governments -- Argentina, France, Ghana, Germany, India, Indonesia, South Africa, South Korea, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United States have since joined Brazil -- with representatives of civil society, academia, and the technical community participating in various planning committees...The innovative structure of NetMundial...comes with risks...That said, NetMundial presents an excellent opportunity to advance some critical issues at a pivotal moment...[Describes "key issues to watch", including human rights, privacy, surveillance, development & access to the internet]
Author: Ephraim Percy Kenyanito, Access
NetMundial had an open submission process that allowed for all stakeholders to submit contributions on both internet governance principles and a roadmap for reform. Over 180 submissions were received, with a total of 19 coming from Africa...It is important to note that in Africa there was only 1 government submission (Tunisia) to NetMundial...With regards to human rights, submissions from civil society tend to place a strong emphasis on human rights and state that it is the government’s role to ensure the protection of users’ rights online, pointing to specific international standards that ought to be adhered to. Several submissions included an emphasis on affordable access and similar language on security, stability and resiliency of the Internet.