Italy Grow An Internet Bill of Rights

Former head of the Italian privacy authority Stefano Rodotà has been a long time advocate of a “Magna Carta” for the networked society, and he now has a leading role in the effort to create one in Italy.

So now for the first time, Italy has produced a draft Declaration of Internet Rights, thanks also to the initiative of the presidency of the Chamber of Deputies, a dedicated Committee of experts and members of the Parliament from the Committee on Internet Rights and Duties. The bill aims to inform the debate about online civil liberties and fundamental freedoms during the Italian semester of the European Union presidency, just like the Brazilian “Marco Civil” did globally last April, when it was passed into law.

The initiative was created with an international framework in mind. The draft, for example, has been published in Italian, English, and French. And its rationale is that “the many questions related to access and use of the Internet go well beyond national borders.

The bill is now open for public debate, it will therefore change substantially and already consists of a preamble and 14 articles that span several pages.

Topics range from the “fundamental right to Internet access” and Net Neutrality to the notion of “informational self-determination.” The bill also includes provisions on the right to anonymity and tackles the highly debated idea of granting online citizens a “right to be forgotten.” Measures are taken against algorithmic discriminations and the opacity of the terms of service devised by “digital platform operators” who are “required to behave honestly and fairly” and, most of all, give “clear and simple information on how the platform operates.”

If you would like to participate, you can send your contribution on whre there is a public consultation lasting from 27 October 2014 to 27 February 2015.

Full article On Techpresident / WeGov, from Fabio Chiusi here .


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