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President Dilma Gathers Brazilian Internet Committee to the UN

09/17/2013 - 08h54

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TAI NALON
FROM BRASILIA

President Dilma Rousseff is expected to take to the United Nations her defense for internet "neutrality" and "nonimputability". On Monday (16), she met with the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee- comprised of 21 members from various sectors of society - that made a presentation to the President on the topic.

"The focus of the conversation was the Civil Rights Framework for the internet [a set of guidelines that establishes rights and duties from its users]. The essential position of the Committee is to keep neutrality over the internet, privacy protection and against the unaccountability of this form of communication with respect to users", explained Virgilio Almeida, coordinator of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee.

This means that the message in the content provider would not be attributable to the provider, but to the message owner - unless there is an express order, such as with a judicial order.

According to the neutrality principle, in turn, all the information travelling on the World Wide Web should be treated equally, without distinction, for example, in regards to the speed.

Brazilian Congress has debated the issue in discussions about the Civil Right Framework for the Internet that is in backlog in the House since the end of last year. Last week, the president asked with constitutional urgency for this, in an attempt to respond to the espionage case between the United States in Brazil.

The spy scandal will also be the catalyst on Dilma's speech at the UN.

Translated by SIMONE PALMA

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