SELECTED PROJECT 2020

DATYSOC: towards a comprehensive digital rights agenda in Uruguay

PURPOSE

This project will strengthen the digital rights agenda in Uruguay by focusing on the regulation of authors’ rights as well as on policies pertaining to the responsibility of Internet intermediaries.

OBJECTIVE

To produce knowledge of and promote spaces for an articulation between private and public actors, with the aim of contributing to the occurrence of regulatory instances related to copyright and the responsibility of intermediaries on the Web.

CONTEXT

Despite the fact that Uruguay has some of the best access and digitization rates in the region, it still faces a sense regulatory backwardness and lack of public discussion on several crucial issues surrounding the protection and exercise of digital rights.

Currently, there is a legal vacuum, or at least an important anachronism, in terms of the responsibility of intermediaries as well as the exceptions of copyright law. While the responsibility of intermediaries is a topic on the legislative agenda, parliamentary discussions occur with low citizen participation, and the proposals for concise regulation that have thus far emerged leave much to interpretation.

A lack of training and public discussion on crucial issues threatens the protection of digital rights.

Expected results benefitting the population:

– The development and publication of scientific materials related to issues of copyright and the responsibility of Internet intermediaries.
– The dissemination of materials and products that generate public discussion on the issues targeted for advocacy.
– The creation of spaces for multi-stakeholder dialogues that include the presence of representatives from public bodies, the purpose of which will be to fashion guidelines for legislation on the proposed issues.
– Advocacy at the legislative and public policy levels on the proposed issues.

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