Internet Regulation in Latin America: Are we Moving in the Right Direction?

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 20131:00PM - 3:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
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Initially, the global debate over Internet regulation questioned whether any regulation is necessary. These discussions have since moved beyond this question to consider a wide array of new regulatory challenges, such as which online activities require regulation; what regulation is most effective; and, what is the desired outcome of these regulations.

Latin American countries have in recent years begun addressing these questions through legislation aimed at improving existing regulations. In his recent edited work, “Towards an Internet Free of Censorship: Proposals for Latin America,” Professor Eduardo Bertoni discusses the responsibility of intermediaries, the management of private data, content filtering, and the applicability of jurisdiction, within the context of Latin America. During his presentation, “Internet Regulation in Latin America: Are we Moving in the Right Direction?” Prof. Bertoni will expand upon these themes by exploring the legal questions they raise and will present specific cases from Latin America to illustrate recent examples of regulatory challenges. The presentation will encourage a discussion of how these questions and alternatives can be answered in Latin America, with a comparative perspective in mind. These answers are of crucial importance due to the effect they could have on the politics of freedom of expression.

Professor Eduardo Bertoni is the Director of the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) at Palermo University School of Law, in Buenos Aires. He served as the Executive Director of the D.C.-based Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) from 2006 to 2009 and as Special Rapporteur for freedom of expression of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights at the Organization of American States from 2002 to 2005. Prof. Bertoni was selected to be a Teaching Fellow at the Human Rights Institute at Columbia University School of Law in 2001 and a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy from 2012 to 2013. Prof. Bertoni has also been a legal advisor to nongovernmental human rights organizations in Argentina and an advisor to Argentina’s Department of Justice and Human Rights. He has published opinion pieces on democracy and human rights in leading newspapers in the Americas and has written several publications on the right to freedom of expression, judicial reforms, and international criminal law. He holds a Master’s degree in International Policy and Practice from George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs.


Lucinda Li
(416) 946-8450


Eduardo Bertoni
Director of the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE), Palermo University School of Law, Buenos Aires Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy

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