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Brazil's Internet Law: The Net Closes

•, The Economist
The next day legislators in the lower house of Congress duly approved it. 

The sweeping bill, which now goes to the Senate, is "pretty much one of a kind", says Ronaldo Lemos, a lawyer and academic involved in creating the original proposal in 2009.

It enshrines the principle of "net neutrality", which holds that network operators must treat all traffic equally. It also ensures that 100m Brazilian internet users enjoy online privacy (by barring providers from rummaging through their data) and freedom of expression (a court order is required to force the removal of contentious content).

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