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Greater Democracy

Combating the concentration of the means of communication

In 2009, the Lula administration held the First National Communication Conference (Confecon), attended by 1163 participants at the national level anded 8507 participants at the State level. Confecon collected a total of 6064 proposals.

Among the principal proposals were:

• Creation of a National Council of Communication, to formulate and monitor public policies
• Combat concentration in the sector, setting limits to horizontal, vertical and linked ownership
• Strengthen the financing of the public system of communication, including charging a fee for future commercial earnings of private broadcasters.
• De-criminalization of the creation of community radio networks and providing more space for this type of service, which is today limited to a very small portion of the available spectrum.
• Definition of more democratic and transparent regulations for concessions and renewals of radio and TV concessions, to broaden and expand the diversity of content.

Civilian Framework for the Internet: freedom, privacy and Internet neutrality

Dilma approves the Civilian Framework for the Internet during the NETMundial, an event that introduced new bases for international regulation of the Internet / Photo: Roberto Stuckert Filho / PR

Another important step for the democratization of communications in Brazil was the approval of the Civilian Framework for the Internet, created and sanctioned, respectively by the administrations of President Lula and President Dilma, with the intense participation of civil society and the National Congress. 

The Civilian Framework for the Internet was assisted by a previously unused process of public consultation in its task of preparations and improvements. By using the Internet – as well as live testimony – the Ministry of Justice in guaranteeing the right to information the of the worldwide computer web. The result was a unique and during project that is now being used by the United Nations as a reference with the discussions regarding Internet regulation in worldwide terms.

The main points of the project deal with the concepts of freedom of expression, respect for privacy and Internet neutrality - in other words, the supplier cannot charge more for certain kinds of information or Internet traffic.