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Regional WSIS Stocktaking Report 2016, Americas

ICT Projects and WSIS Action Line Related Activities in Americas

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In the period 2014-2016, WSIS Stocktaking Reports have reviewed 162 ICT-related projects and activities carried out by international organizations, governments, the private sector, civil society and other stakeholders in the Americas Region, with those in 2016 highlighting the efforts deployed by stakeholders involved in implementation of the SDGs. WSIS Stocktaking reports are based on the multistakeholder approach, including input from stakeholders from all over the world responding to ITU’s official call for stocktaking updates and new entries. The inputs from WSIS action line facilitators and co-facilitators also contribute to the reports.

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Enabling environment

The Internet Civil Rights Framework (Federal Law 12.965/2014) was approved in Brazil in April 2014. The document sets out the foundations, principles, guarantees, rights and obligations for the use of the Internet in Brazil (SDGs 11 and 16). The Framework is notable for its multistakeholder and participatory elaboration process, which involved open public sessions and the use of an Internet website, to which all interested parties could send their contributions. The online consultation platform enabled interested parties to comment freely and to suggest changes to the articles of the draft law. The Law establishes multistakeholder, transparent, collaborative and democratic governance mechanisms, with the participation of government, the business sector, civil society and the academic community; recognizes the global scale of the network; and provides that, in the interpretation of its provisions, consideration should be given not only to the principles and objectives set out therein, the nature of the Internet, and its uses and particular customs, but also to their importance for the promotion of human, economic, social and cultural development.

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