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Praveen A

Jan 20, 2011, 8:42:21 AM1/20/11
Neide is 14.

After school and before going to work with her sister, she passes by
the public Internet center in Vila Tiradentes, Brazil, and notices
that 11 people have already accessed the sovereign services she set up
the day before.

She doesn't have a PC at home, let alone fast Internet access, nor
does she have money for web hosting. This is why she had used a free
host called Geocities before, which benefited by placing ads on her

However she has a classmate, Pedro, whose father owns a shop where he
has a PC and fast Internet.

With Pedro and another 4 friends that she met on the net, she got 7MHz
worth of processing power and some 20MB of HD space in all.

In fact she got twice as much, but she let half of it to Gladson,
Maicon and Carla, three other visitors of the Internet center. They
are younger than Neide and she is teaching them the first steps in

Neide's story is only just beginning.


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You have to keep reminding your government that you don't get your
rights from them; you give them permission to rule, only so long as
they follow the rules: laws and constitution.

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