Cybersecurity, Rights and Brazil’s Internet Bill of Rights

Ensuring that demands for more security do not weaken the protection of fundamental rights

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Brazil’s Internet Bill of Rights has represented a significant progress in rights and fundamental guarantees in the web. Once the online consultation and text approval in the Congress finished, the actual challenges reside on the efforts to guarantee its interpretation and application by justice courts.

While many countries in the world have been paying more attention to the issue of cybersecurity, it is important to transform this into a multi-sector debate that promotes the country’s digital sovereignty while not undermining the protection of fundamental rights. Guaranteeing this balance is not simple, however it lies on initiatives of legislation analysis and jurisprudence, as well as on the building of capacities of public agents involved in this area, with a constant interaction with the scientific community and other actors.

Thus, ITS Rio, in partnership with other organizations, continuously seeks to promote evaluation mechanisms of cybersecurity initiatives in Brazil – and globally – besides draft bills that aim at transforming the regulatory framework of the sector in the country, notably Brazil’s Internet Bill of Rights. Moreover, the Institute promotes frequent analyses of other public regulation cases on this issue, as well as judicial decisions. Finally, ITS Rio actively promotes capacity building activities in the area, organizing courses and capacity building initiatives for public and private actors on cybersecurity, Brazil’s Internet Bill of Rights and relating topics.