(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – On Tuesday Brazil become the first country to pass a bill that protects the rights of Internet users, a bill known as the Marco Civil bill, the Latin Post reports.
First drafted in 2009, the Marco Civil bill is intended to protect the freedom of expression, privacy, and net neutrality among citizens in Brazil.
In order for the bill to become a law, it must go through the Brazilian Senate before getting approval from President Rousseff.
Among the most important issues in the bill is the protection of net neutrality, which would require all Internet service providers to treat data that passes through the network equally.
Under this clause, ISPs would be responsible for “maintaining the same quality of service agreed upon in contract terms-meaning no throttling,” continues the report.
Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, says the bill “ushers in a new era” where citizens’ rights can be protected by digital bills of rights.