Notes on the creation and impacts of Brazil’s Internet Bill of Rights



January 2017


Carlos Affonso Souza, Fabro Steibel and Ronaldo Lemos


The process that led to the approval of Brazil’s Internet Bill of Rights (‘Marco Civil da Internet’) was the first initiative from the Federal Government to crowdsource the making of a Draft Bill of Law, using the internet to diversify the debate and invite participation from different stakeholders. This article provides an overview of the process behind the creation of such a law, emphasising the participatory process that resulted in the final wording of the law. Additionally, the article reflects upon some of the most relevant challenges for the enforcement of Brazil’s Internet Bill of Rights, as well as its international impact on future case law and in the legislative process.