In my Global Media class this semester, one of the topics we discussed was net neutrality. We began to discuss the topic by looking at Mark Zuckerberg’s Free Basics program in India that he designed with the intention of creating a program for universal internet access to help make connections between people and lift them out of poverty by creating opportunities. We learned that the Free Basics program also carried negative effects in that it violated net neutrality in only offering people free access to certain, not all, sites on the web. In addition to this issue in India, and the heated net neutrality debate in the United States, I wanted explore the topic further and incorporate another area of the world into my research: Brazil.
My website highlights some of the key factors that play into the net neutrality debate in Brazil, including the formation of the Brazilian Civil Rights Framework. I also chose to look at a specific case regarding the influence of net neutrality in Brazil regarding a popular app known as WhatsApp. My goal is to analyze the current situation in Brazil and look at how this might play into the decisions made by countries in other areas of the world as well. With the mass media and vast amount of options for global connections today, information spreads quickly and the decisions that are made in one area of the world can evidently evoke change for another area.
While researching, I came up with a working thesis that showcases my current thoughts and leaves room for further growth and research as well.
Despite the introduction of the Brazilian Civil Rights Framework in April 2014, Brazil still faces challenges regarding the rights of internet users nationwide. This is synonymous to the issues occurring in other areas of the world as the global nature of media and the internet is beginning to break down national differences.
I hope you use the information on this sight to gain a better idea on how net neutrality affects not only Brazil but the rest of the world, and are able to formulate your own opinion to use in future research, conversations and interactions. Thank you!