The world's first Internet governance plan: what do you want to know?

The world's first Internet governance plan: what do you want to know?

Summary: We will discuss Brazil's upcoming proposals for first global Internet bill of rights with the government and want your opinion on the subject


Later this month, the Brazilian government will present its suggestions for a global Internet governance model, which will set out provisions around net neutrality, right to privacy and freedom of expression online.

The plan will be discussed at multistakeholder event NETmundial, which will take place in São Paulo on April 22-23 with the participation of Brazil, France, Ghana, Germany, India, Indonesia, South Africa, South Korea, Tunisia, Turkey and the US. The event's collaborative draft agreement has been released by WikiLeaks last week.

ZDNet will discuss these upcoming proposals with the secretary of information technology policies at the Brazilian ministry of science and technology, Virgílio Almeida today (15) and want your opinion on the matter.

What do you want to know about the proposals of the world's first plan for Internet?


- Brazil has announced NETmundial would take place following the claims of data surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA), when it emerged that Brazil was also on the list of non-adversarial countries being monitored.

- The Brazilian government has been an outspoken critic of the surveillance policies of the United States and has received Barack Obama's speech on reforms created in response to leaks by the fugitive NSA former contractor Edward Snowden "with caution"

- When presenting its contribution to NETmundial's agenda, the US government said that it "will discourage any debate around the reach or limitations of state sovereignty in Internet policy."

- WikiLeaks suggested that Brazil and Germany's previous anti-surveillance intentions within the governance plan were “gutted to just one paragraph,” due to pressure from the US.

- Last month, Brazil has made progress on the Internet governance front by voting its own national Bill of Rights, which had been stalled for years prior to the NSA scandal.

We want your opinion: what do you want to know about Brazil's upcoming global Internet governance proposals? Please write your views in the comments section below.


Topics: Privacy, Government, Security, IT Security in the Snowden Era

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  • The wolrd'a first Internet governance plan

    I smell something fishy here. Brazil's government has always been extremely hostile towards businesses, specially small businesses. My guess is they want an excuse to extort internet users in the country. According to a former ministry, most of Brazil's advancement in IT in the 80's and 90's was due to software and hardware pirates. In '93 I built my first PC with parts bought from pirates and it cost 1/3 the price of a similar PC built by government backed manufacturers (a kind of cartel controlled by friends of corrupt politicians). Things have changed a bit, but I remain suspicious of apparent good intentions.
  • "Internet governance plan..." !?... NOPE!

    "... net neutrality, right to privacy and freedom of expression..."

    Oh THAT kind of governance plan. I could get down with that.
  • A bit of context may help here...

    I just find it odd that Dilma Rousseff's government is pressing this issue right on a electoral year.

    How much is this actually intended, and how much it is just show-off?

    Please remember that on June 2013, this same government has suffered quite a punch from protests organized through social media.

    Since then, there have been quite ambiguous signs from the top brass, not to mention from the president herself. I just can't forget her clueless, patronizing, and oddly authoritarian speech right after the protests. It was just scary.

    Let's say I work on an IT company which specializes in big data analysis.

    Quite recently, we've been approached by our Federal Police to make a bid on a system for surveillance of Facebook and Twitter to monitor the activities of the "black-blocks" (that's how they chose to label those they perceive as troublemakers).

    And we were informed that some measures had already been taken to "improve security during the World Cup".

    Creepy, indeed.

    As much as I'd like to believe all of this, I cannot but feel that what the Brazilian government actually feels is just NSA-envy.
    Marco Antonio Almeida Silva
    • Could be part of her reelection campaign...

      ...but stuff happens even in election years, and the Snowden Affair has put this issue in the foreground; so politicians need to address it one way or another.
      John L. Ries
      • BTW

        I'm not at all convinced Brazil made a good decision when it decided to allow Presidents to be reelected. Presidents (and state governors) who are ineligible for reelection tend to focus more on governing and less on their political futures; and we don't have as many questions about motives like the one raised by Mr. Almeida Silva. I don't know how the pattern has been for recent Brazilian Presidents, but during the course of US history, I can't think of a single US President who did better in his second term than in his first (partly because Presidents do things to get reelected that end up haunting them in their second terms).

        I think it important for legislators to be eligible for reelection so they can be held accountable to their constituents; but it seems to me that the public interest calculation works the other way for elected heads of state.
        John L. Ries
    • I agree with the NSA envy part, but not the reelection motivation

      This subject is way too esoteric for the average voter, and most of the few who are interested in it are probably PSDB voters anyway (for non-Brazilian readers, PSDB is a right-of-the-center party and the largest opposition party to the current Brazilian federal government). I don't think this issue could influence the election significantly, and I don't think Dilma or PT believe that either. Now, they would very much like to gather more information - but they simply don't have the means, the personnel or the skills to do it.
    • Marco Antonio, I would be very interested in knowing more about the bidding process for the PF system you have mentioned. If you can share more info, I can be reached via the author contact form (click on my name on the story byline). Thanks!
      Angelica Mari
  • Oh, please. Like the Brazilian government

    isn't spying like crazy on its own people right now.
    • Reasoning?

      Is this a simple "everybody spies on everybody else so it should be noncontroversial"? Or is it a "left wing bad"; "right wing good" type syllogism? Or is it something else?
      John L. Ries
      • That says it all

        This is a video explaining why the law controlling the internet in Brazil is dangerous.
        Marcvs Vinicivs
    • Actually, it isn't

      Not because they have any qualms about it, but simply because Brazil doesn't have a working, effective and reliable intelligence framework. Abin (the official Brazilian intelligence agency) is a joke, totally ineffective and filled with incompetent career bureaucrats. It was widely reported that they were well behind the press in reporting about last year's street demonstrations and were caught totally by surprise - they could gather NO meaningful intelligence at all. SNI (the former agency from the time of the military dictatorship) was more active and had a reputation for having put lots of people in trouble, but it was also keen on reporting anything the military wanted to hear and for cajoling them. The Federal and state police corps rely on cheap snitches and little else, exactly like they did in colonial times.

      They may wish that, but they don't have the means.