Author: Carolina Rossini

Call for Participants for Spanish-Language Online Course on Open Internet

I am writing to you as part of the International Policy team at the Washington-based digital rights group, Public Knowledge, to alert you to a free and open Spanish-language online course called “Open Internet” (Internet Abierto Y Libre) that we are launching early March 2015. This course may be of interest to you, your students, or grantees as an opportunity to build a deeper understanding of the intersection of human rights and the Internet, and we’d love if you could share this information throughout your networks. The call for participants is open from today, February 23rd to March 6th, as you can see in the call for applicants: It would be greatly appreciated if you could send this alert to interested partners, including young professionals, human rights advocates, your grantees, lawyers, and others that might benefit from a course like this.   The course is made up of 12 modules. The first six weeks of the twelve week course will focus on building basic advocacy skills, such as strategic planning, while the second half of the course will give an introduction to the most current issues related to Open Internet. Each module will take approximately 2-5 hours of study time (week 1 starts with Module 0), including reading and completing assignments:   Module 0: Introduction to the Open Internet Module 1: The “What” and “Why” of Advocacy Module 2:...

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The fight over net neutrality in Brazil: a new and taller bump in the road for Marco Civil

On May 23, Brazil’s federal communications commission – ANATEL – passed a resolution with sweeping implications for internet service provision, net neutrality, and regulatory power. Resolution 614/2013 extends ANATEL’s regulatory reach from its traditional home in telecommunications systems all the way into the provision of internet services. This extension and others like it can significantly impact the internet access market in Brazil. These over-reaches also pose serious challenges to net neutrality policies pending in the Marco Civil legislation (known internationally as Brazil’s “Constitution for the Internet”). At the Board meeting, the Board decided to include in its Regulation of Multimedia Communication Services (“SCM” – broadband networks) the principle of net neutrality via Resolution 614/2013. The resolution means that ANATEL now asserts that it has powers defined by the Brazilian Telecommunications Act to regulate and enforce network neutrality. And they made ​​it clear they will not surrender this newly claimed power, despite the hope of civil society, policy makers, CGI and other market actors that such regulation would be under the auspices and policy making process of Marco Civil. Resolution 614/2013 sits alongside ANATEL’s efforts with those of the Ministry of Communications[1] to change the scope of Norm 04 ( passed in 1995), which created and separately regulated components structure for Brazilian public telecommunications networks. If the desired changes come to pass, the large and dominant telecom companies would for...

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The Brazilian Congress Needs To Pass Marco Civil for Brazilians – and The World

Carolina Rossini is Project Director, Latin America Resource Center, New America Foundation Tim Berners-Lee’s visit to Brazil last week has rekindled hopes for a civil society frustrated by six postponed votes on the bill known as “Marco Civil.” This groundbreaking federal legislation would guarantee civil rights in the use of the Internet, and is sometimes called a “Constitution for the Internet.” For the bill’s rapporteur, Representative Molon, having the inventor of the World Wide Web visit and publicly support the Marco Civil is an essential step in breaking the legislative logjam. The main goal of Marco Civil is to create a positive view of legislative action towards the Internet, one that takes international norms of human rights, civil rights, and civil liberties and modernizes them for the digital age. The international trend has instead been to pursue the criminalization of behaviors that many of us take for granted online or that are core acts of free expression. Thus, the Marco Civil has two roles: one as key legislation inside Brazil, and another as a model for other nations interested in instituting a citizen-centric view of Internet policies. In his declarations to the Brazilian press and the crowd at the WWW2013 event in Rio de Janeiro, Berners-Lee affirmed: “With the Marco Civil da Internet, you are on the brink of a remarkable achievement which would be a historic step not...

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