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Brazilian Congress Approves Pioneering Bill of Rights for Internet Users
Written by Sara Moreira On 26 March 2014 @ 1:18 am | 1 Comment
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Marco Civil has finally been approved in the lower house of Brazil's Congress and next should be voted in Senate. The bill of rights for Internet users became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, following a large-scale campaign  that was promoted during the day of the vote, March 25, 2014, under the hashtags #MarcoCivil  and #EuQueroMarcoCivil  (I want Marco Civil).
The current version  [pdf] of the bill preserves the provisions of net neutrality, freedom of expression and users privacy.
Former Minister of Culture, and famous musician, Gilberto Gil, who gave a face to Avaaz's petition “For a free and democratic Internet “, tweeted:
Vencemos! O #MarcoCivil  foi aprovado!! Por uma rede neutralizada,liberdade de expressão e proteção à privacidade!
— Gilberto Gil (@gilbertogil) March 26, 2014 
We won! #MarcoCivil approved!! For a neutral web, freedom of expression and protection of privacy!
For Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web 25 years ago, this is “the best possible birthday gift for Brazilian and global Web users”. In a statement of support  released on the eve of the vote he said the approval of Marco Civil “will help to usher in a new era – one where citizens’ rights in every country around the world are protected by digital bills of rights”:
Like the Web, Marco Civil has been built by its users – the groundbreaking, inclusive and participatory process has resulted in a policy that balances the rights and responsibilities of the individuals, governments and corporations who use the Internet. (…) ultimately the draft Bill reflects the Internet as it should be: an open, neutral and decentralized network, in which users are the engine for collaboration and innovation.
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URLs in this post:
 large-scale campaign: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/03/25/brazil-marcocivil-storm-euqueromarcocivil/
 #MarcoCivil: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23marcocivil&src=hash
 #EuQueroMarcoCivil: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23euqueromarcocivil&src=hash
 current version: http://www.camara.gov.br/proposicoesWeb/prop_mostrarintegra?codteor=1238705&filename=Tramitacao-PL+2126/2011
 For a free and democratic Internet: http://www.avaaz.org/po/o_fim_da_internet_livre_gg/?mmc
 #MarcoCivil: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MarcoCivil&src=hash
 March 26, 2014: https://twitter.com/gilbertogil/statuses/448612223569907712
 statement of support: http://www.webfoundation.org/2014/03/marco-civil-statement-of-support-from-sir-tim-berners-lee/
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