BY Jessica McKenzie | Thursday, May 2 2013
After waiting an entire day for an audience with Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies to discuss a controversial bill, hundreds of aboriginal Brazilians bypassed security guards and burst into the session. The disruption was caught live on the Chamber of Deputies TV channel, and later posted on YouTube. A political journalist posted a second, shakier video that shows confusion and chaos during the protest.Read More
BY Julia Wetherell | Friday, March 29 2013
Forty years ago, the once-isolated Surui people of the western Brazilian rainforest were suffering with the consequences of contact with modern society. Over the past several decades, the tribe has been threatened by disease, substance abuse, and the threat of deforestation on their ancestral land. Yet today, an advanced technological agenda is helping to revive and preserve the Surui way of life, under the leadership of a tribal chief with a long-term vision for ecological and cultural preservation.Read More
BY Julia Wetherell | Wednesday, January 30 2013
In some emerging economies, consumers seeking to take out a loan or sign up for a credit card can face a significant hassle: not having the credit history to prove monetary responsibility. Now several organizations are aiming to help potential borrowers by looking a non-traditional line of credit into consideration: mobile phone use. Read More
BY Julia Wetherell | Wednesday, January 2 2013
BBC Future has a look into the Orwellian surveillance technology that police in Sao Paolo are using to monitor crime in the metropolis of 41 million. An integrated network of databases, tablet technology and mobile cameras are giving law enforcement officials an unprecedented eye on activity in the city streets. Read More
BY Lisa Goldman | Friday, September 7 2012
Firefox has announced the 2013 launch of an open source operating system for smart phones. Since open source will bring down the price of a smart phone significantly, the initial launch will be in Latin America, with other developing regions to follow. Read More
BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, July 30 2012
Last Friday, Rick Falkvinge, founder of the Pirate Party, announced the birth of the Brazilian chapter of the movement. The “Partido Pirata do Brasil” may have soon the chance of raising its voice, as Brazil is also in the process of discussing an advanced law on net neutrality and Internet access, Falkvinge added. Read More
BY Greg Michener | Wednesday, June 27 2012
Countries arrive at more transparency and greater freedom of information either through long training or sudden shock treatment.
The U.S. experience, with decades of incremental law and legal precedent, is synonymous with the archetypical training regime. Brazil, on the other hand, is undergoing the epitome of shock treatment. In one month, May 2012, Brazil formally launched an ambitious freedom of information law that outlines a "right to information" – replete with provisions for the release of information in open, computer-readable formats – and, at around the same time, a new open-data portal. For added shock, the Brazilian government inaugurated a second new fundamental right, the "right to historical truth." This right is embodied by the newly established Truth Commission, whose aim it is to reconcile abuses from the military dictatorship that controlled Brazil from 1964 to 1985. Brazil also currently occupies the co-chair of the Open Government Partnership. In short, Brazil is in the midst of a massive transparency offensive and there are positive signs that it is moving in the right direction.Read More
BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, January 25 2012
Today in technology and politics:
- Barack Obama's spilled-milk crack during the State of the Union left Twitter crying.
- A federal ruling by a judge in Colorado may give law enforcement more leeway to force you to decrypt your electronic devices on request.
- Julian Assange is planning a TV show.
BY Nick Judd | Monday, September 12 2011
Greg Michener, an observer of open government and transparency in Latin America, says he's got his hands on documents that show Brazil's tentative plans for commitments on open government it will meet in the following ... Read More
BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 12 2011
Ask the State Department and it is a return to a challenge President Barack Obama issued at the last U.N. General Assembly, encouraging other countries to embrace open government. Ask some observers, and it is a return to the American practice of democracy building, just under a different name. Either way, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota this morning announced international partnership to promote transparency, citizen participation, and accountability in participating countries. The event was streamed live on State.gov. Read More