Venezuela tightens net

22 Dec 2010

Venezuela has passed legislation tightening the regulation of the internet, Dow Jones Newswires reports. The so-called ‘social responsibility’ amendments were passed on Monday by the country’s unicameral legislature, the National Assembly, giving the government more control over web traffic with the stated aims of protecting users from cyber-crime and preventing children accessing inappropriate content. The new legislation mandates that all internet traffic be driven through a single, government-controlled hub, which will ‘increase efficiency and speed’, according to the bill’s proponents.