[A2k] Internet Needs an Uncompromising "Marco Civil" in Brazil!

La Quadrature du Net jz at laquadrature.net
Mon Oct 28 04:11:22 PDT 2013


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Permanent link: https://www.laquadrature.net/en/internet-needs-an-uncompromising-marco-civil-in-brazil

Internet Needs an Uncompromising "Marco Civil" in Brazil!

*** Paris, 28 October 2013 — Major organizations from all around the world, defending free speech and freedoms online, signed this open letter initiated by La Quadrature du Net. It encourages for a swift adoption, in Brazil, of an uncompromising "Marco Civil de Internet" [1] that would truly guarantee freedoms online. The vote is scheduled on Tuesday. ***

** Internet Needs an Uncompromising “Marco Civil” in Brazil! **

The “Marco Civil da Internet” is a remarkably progressive legislative text to protect Internet and fundamental rights online in Brazil. It has been drafted through an unprecedented collaborative effort involving citizens. But for the past 3 years, it has remained stuck in Parliament, under heavy pressure by industry – mostly telecom – lobbies.

Recent revelations of massive illegal spying by the US on citizens worldwide, as well as on companies such as Petrobras, urged the president of Brazil Dilma Roussef to put “Marco Civil” back on track in Parliament, in an emergency procedure.

The “Marco Civil”, guaranteeing Net Neutrality, protecting privacy and freedom of publication online, is more necessary than ever. If adopted, this law will be a model of what citizens and their representatives in all countries can do together to enable the development of a free and open Internet and protect freedoms online.

A corporate takeover of the text such as on the questions of copyright (paragraph 2 of art.15) would amount to empty the text of its meaning.

Provisions aiming at protecting privacy and preventing surveillance should be added and all measures which risk harming the possibility for citizens to collaborate on an international scale should be removed.
We encourage Brazilian citizens and Members of the Parliament to work towards adopting swiftly an uncompromising “Marco Civil”, consistent with its initial spirit, free from corporate influence, and that would truly guarantee freedoms online.

You can count on our support as such a law would be of global importance for the Internet!


    Aktion Freiheit statt Angst [Freedom not fear] (Germany)
    April (France)
    Article19 (Global)
    Associação Nacional para o Software Livre (Portugal)
    Associazione Culturale Linux Club Italia (Italy)
    CCC, Chaos Computer Club (Germany)
    Coopérative Ouvaton (France)
    Digitalcourage (Germany)
    FCForum (Spain)
    Fédération FDN (France)
    Fitug e.V (Germany)
    Free and Open Source Software Foundation (Poland)
    Fundación Karisma (Colombia)
    Geeknode (France)
    Initiative für Netzfreiheit (Austria)
    La Quadrature du Net (France)
    NURPA, Net Users' Rights Protection Association (Belgium)
    Panoptykon Foundation (Poland)
    Reporters Without Borders (Global)
    Share Foundation (Global)
    Telecomix (Global)
    Wikileaks (Global)
    Xnet (Spain)

* References *

1. http://marcocivil.org.br/

** About la Quadrature du Net **

La Quadrature du Net is an advocacy group that defends the rights and freedoms of citizens on the Internet. More specifically, it advocates for the adaptation of French and European legislations to respect the founding principles of the Internet, most notably the free circulation of knowledge. 

In addition to its advocacy work, the group also aims to foster a better understanding of legislative processes among citizens. Through specific and pertinent information and tools, La Quadrature du Net hopes to encourage citizens' participation in the public debate on rights and freedoms in the digital age.

La Quadrature du Net is supported by French, European and international NGOs including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Open Society Institute and Privacy International.

List of supporting organisations: https://www.laquadrature.net/en/they-support-la-quadrature-du-net

** Press contact and press room **

Jérémie Zimmermann, jz at laquadrature.net, +33 (0)615 940 675


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