Weekly Report - 10 March 2016 (WR-16-10)

BRAZIL: Clash between police and tech as Facebook VP arrested

When Brazil launched its ‘marco civil’, described as a magna carta for digital rights, tech activists across the globe lauded the initiative. In particular, the bill was praised for the way it was developed, via extensive public consultation, and for the fact that it enshrined in law the concept of ‘net neutrality’, effectively barring telecoms providers from privileging particular internet companies. But over the past year repeated clashes between Brazil’s law enforcement agencies and social media companies have called into question the country’s commitment to digital rights.

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