World Wide Web founder supports Brazil's "Internet Constitution"

Sir Tim Berners-Lee: “If Marco Civil is passed, this would be the best possible birthday gift for Brazilian and global Web users."
Written by Angelica Mari, Contributing Writer

The founder of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee has called for Brazil's first set of internet governance rules to be passed "without further delay or amendment."

The Marco Civil da Internet, dubbed Brazil's "Internet Constitution", is due to be voted this week and the creator of the Web, who had previously voiced opinions about aspects of the Bill, released a statement of support.

“If Marco Civil is passed, without further delay or amendment, this would be the best possible birthday gift for Brazilian and global Web users," says Berners-Lee.

"I hope that by passing this Bill, Brazil will cement its proud reputation as a world leader on democracy and social progress and 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," he adds.

The scientist pointed out that Marco Civil has been built by internet users in a "groundbreaking, inclusive and participatory process" and has resulted in regulations that "balances the rights and responsibilities of the individuals, governments and corporations who use the Internet."

"Of course, there is still discussion around some areas, but 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," Berners-Lee adds.

"Commendably, the Bill has among its foundations the guarantee of human rights such as privacy, of citizenship and the preservation of the diversity and the social purpose of the web.”

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