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Grounbreaking legislation on Internet Freedom from Brazil

President Dilma Rousseff at NETMundial

Brazil's Senate has unanimously approved groundbreaking legislation this week. The Marco Civil da Internet (often referred to as The Internet Constitution") guarantees equal access to the Internet and protects the privacy of Brazilian users in the wake of U.S. spying revelations. Brazil has become the first country in the world to implement this law.

President Dilma Rousseff, who was the target of U.S. espionage according to documents leaked by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden has signed already today NETMundial in Brazil. For those who are following the global Internet debate and Internet policy issues, NetMundial is a Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, currently going on in Sao Paolo, Brazil. You can participate in it or watch the sessions on YouTube.

For those interested in reading the bill, here is a translated version.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »



gracest's picture

Thank you

Thank you, Iffat, for sharing this news and keeping the conversation on World Pulse extremely timely. It is for certain that net neutrality advancements in particular regions is a step forward for all women worldwide when it comes to Internet access, inclusion and privacy.
Do you think there is potential for other nations to follow suit shortly?

Thanks again,


Iffat Gill's picture

Hi Grace, Thank you for your

Hi Grace,

Thank you for your comment. Brazil is setting precedence with this step. I am not sure if many will follow as a lot of countries spy on their citizens themselves. But this step is definitely something to build and improve upon.

Kind regards,

Iffat Gill

Barbara Alago's picture

Thanks lffat

Hey Iffat,

Thank you for bringing this news to light. The thought of having someone spy on you for reasons best known to them is so offensive. Am glad nations like Brazil have come up with laws to make fair use of the Internet. Am looking forward to seeing other countries take up the Internet constitution like Brazil has done.

Keep well


amymorros's picture

Good news

Congratulations to Brazil for passing such progressive legislation. I hope others follow their lead. In this US, people are very worried about net neutrality and corporations paying more to have better internet speeds for their websites while the rest of us have to deal with slower speeds. Thank you for keeping of all us at World Pulse informed.


Iffat Gill's picture

Hi Amy, Thank you for the

Hi Amy,

Thank you for the comment. Net neutrality is an issue which is important for the whole world to keep an eye on. I think more needs to be done to raise awareness on the issue so that internet remains open and equal for everyone.

Best wishes.

Iffat Gill

Leslie Stoupas's picture

Good news!

Thanks for sharing this good and hopeful news! It is always promising to see sanity for the sake of citizens prevail!

Leslie Stoupas

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