Regional Paper

In thirty years of democracy, Paraguay has shown a constantly growing normative development in terms of freedom of expression. In the 1992 National Constitution, which was sanctioned at the beginning of this democratic era, several articles are dedicated to guaranteeing freedom of expression, in all its forms. In recent years, and in parallel with the increase in internet connectivity, due to the widespread use of social networks and technological development in the country, legislative management has been oriented towards increased regulation of the internet, its intermediaries and its content. In some cases, these legislative efforts have resulted in bills, and in others they have been translated into laws in force in the Republic of Paraguay. This legislative task requires strengthening the human rights perspective when addressing the various situations that the use of the internet and technological platforms requires, so as not to threaten the full exercise of freedom of expression. There is still a significant lack of knowledge of the human rights perspective necessary when legislating on internet use policies and regulation of intermediaries, in order to guarantee at the same time basic rights such as freedom of expression. This ignorance affects not only those who carry out the legislative task, but also the citizens who must control this task. This is evident in the elaboration of draft laws that, seeking to protect certain rights, put other equally important ones at risk. Parallel to legislative management, the country expands technologically. 30% of the population has some form of internet connection, and at the same time, there is a severe disconnection between national telecommunications policies (with delays in regulations and application of internet policies without a human rights perspective). ) and the plans of private connectivity companies.The article seeks to expose this legislative process and its impact on the citizen's exercise of freedom of expression on the internet, which reveals trends and challenges for citizenship and democracy in the coming years.