Although the term was coined already in the early 2000s, the discussion about “network neutrality”, or net neutrality, has intensified in the past few years with a particular focus on the internet. In its modern context, net neutrality is the principle of letting all internet traffic flow equally and impartially, without discrimination. It allows internet users to access any web content or applications they choose, without restriction or limitation. The net neutrality debate has focused on whether or not to impose regulations to enforce neutrality. Industry regulators and governments are working to create legislation that would regulate net neutrality.
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Source: Lange, Peter. “The end of the internet as we know it?”, in Global Information Society Watch, Association for Progressive Communications, 2008.
I recently interviewed Kemly Camacho of APC member Sula Batsu in Costa Rica on the new cybercrime law that was introduced in her country. The law is a fantastic challenge (in a negative way) to internet freedom. In fact, Costa Rica is probably making one of the most direct assaults on journalism and a free and open internet. What does it mean for the world?