This initiative builds on the
base that everything depends increasingly on access to information and
inclusion could be inserted in the list of social rights enshrined in the
Constitution. The poor Internet access that low-income residents in Brazil have
led to members of the Senate to face this reality through a proposed
constitutional amendment pending in front of the Committee on Constitution,
Citizenship and Justice.
Despite advances in telecommunications networks, in 2008 Brazil ranked 69th
position among 193 countries with access to the Internet according the
information of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). This put Brazil
far from countries like Australia, Holland, Sweden and Iceland, where they
connect from 70% to 90% of the population world wide web.
While Brazil, with only 17.2% of its population that is inserted into the
virtual world, also lost position in relation to neighboring Argentina (17.8%),
Uruguay (20.6%) and Chile (28, 9%).
This situation was also supported by the study "Pencil, Eraser &
Keyboard ", conducted by the researcher Julio Jacobo Waiselfisz. The
survey found that between 10% poorest, only 0.6% had a computer with Internet
access, a rate that reached 56.3% among the richest 10%. Deep inequalities are
also in the school. It shows, for example, that there is a considerable
distance in digital inclusion among public school students (37.3%) and private
Senator Rodrigo Rollemberg (PSB-DF), which is who is taking this initiative,
argues that this situation could put on risk the future of the country to
reduce educational opportunities, social and professional of Brazilian, victims
of this digital gap. "The enjoyment of many rights of citizenship, such as
information, education, decent work and wages, increasingly dependent on the
access to new information and communication technologies. Hence the need for
the inclusion of such access as a constitutional right", said Rollemberg.
(Source: Casetel - Venezuela