Access to the internet is an essential service for many of us.
We need to be able to access our favourite news and information and make decisions based on that.
And as we get older and as we age, access to the web will be increasingly harder.
While some countries are trying to fix that, others are taking steps to restrict access to a wide range of websites.
One of those countries is Ecuador, a nation that has been trying to ban access to Facebook and other social media for more than a decade.
In 2016, Ecuador decided to introduce a new law that would force internet service providers to block access to sites that don’t have the “opt-in” consent of its users.
The country’s new law requires internet service companies to provide a list of “legitimate” websites that they can’t access and then require them to reactivate their users’ account after a certain period of time.
If a service provider refuses to provide the list, then it will have to shut down and the users account will be disabled.
This “deactivation” of accounts is a step in the right direction.
However, this isn’t a permanent solution and users will have the option to request that their account be reinstated.
The problem with this system is that it’s unclear how the service providers will comply with this mandate.
What’s clear is that the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are being deliberately censored in Ecuador.
This new law is part of a larger effort by Ecuador’s government to encourage people to accept government censorship as a form of social policies.
“We can’t live without the internet,” Nicaragua’s President Juan Orlando Hernández told the BBC.
“We’re fighting to make the internet as accessible as possible.”
Ecuador has a history of pushing for restrictions on internet access and even blocking some websites.
In 2010, it passed a law that encouraged users to leave the country if they were afraid of being censored.
In 2017, Ecuador enacted a new law that requires the Internet service providers to reassign users to a privacy account if they use an app or a device that they are not authorized to use.
The new law requires service providers, who have no control over the user network and who have failed to deliver opt-out information for the user in the past and/or failed to delivfend opt out information to share user data with third parties that have not been identified by users.
Internet users have been fighting back against Ecuador’s anti-freedom law and this new law is part of that fight.