Access models in the global South, zero-rating and net neutrality

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Time: 12:15 - 01:15 PM
Room: Attic
Skill Level: Intermediate
Language: Español
Duration: 1 hour(s)
Format: Advocacy, Policy and Research
Presenter: Marcos Urupa
Other Presenters: Maria Paz (Derechos Digitales/Chile); Oona Castro (Intervozes/Brazil); Carlos Brito (R3D/Mexico) (to confirm); Carolina Botero (Fundación Karisma/Colombia) (to confirm) - Moderation: Marcos Urupá (Intervozes/Brazil)
The panel will present a research coordinated by Intervozes in partnership with Derechos Digitales, Fundación Karisma and R3D, with the support of AccessNow, on legislation and implementation of net neutrality in Chile, Mexico, Brazil and Colombia. Based on the results of the study, the purpose is to debate how the breakdown of net neutrality impacts access and the concept of a free and open internet. The point of departure is that net neutrality should be seen as a principle and that its rupture directly affects the way society accesses the Internet. The panel will present an overview of access obstacles in the region and how commercial practices as zero rating are harmful to user rights.Another point of debate is access to internet as an essential service; therefore, its neutrality must be guaranteed so that everyone can enjoy this service in its fullness. The regional perspective of focusing on net neutrality and access in the global south brings to light the possibility of disseminating information from this region to other actors and stakeholders from around the world who will be on the IFF.
Target Audience:
Who Would Benefit The Most From Your Session?): Civil society organizations and activists who work with the issue of connectivity, who advocate universal access to the Internet and its neutrality, and who are interested in the subject of Internet regulation.
Desired Outcome:
- presentation of the net neutrality scenario in Latin American countries; - presentation of how net neutrality is a principle that must be preserved on the Internet; - to learn about experiences of net neutrality practices; - to exchange experiences on how these four countries have build regulations that protect the net neutrality; - to elaborate inputs on how to address net neutrality issues such as zero-rating in countries where internet access is still a challenge.