President seeks Internet without high restrictions

President Laura Chinchilla came out against restrictions on the Internet Monday when she addressed the 43rd reunion of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers that is meeting here.

She urged a democratization of the Internet and called for governmental protection of minors who use the Web.

The president also said she opposed the Stop Online Piracy Act that is supported by movie makers and recording executives in the United States. She said she supported an alternate proposal, the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act.

“The legitimate preoccupations for privacy, security and protection of intellectual property ought not become an excuse to justify tendencies that seek to exercise highly restrictive functions in cyberspace,” said the president.

She said that soon Costa Rica would become the most connected country in Latin America.

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