Blockchain, Smart Contracts and “Judge as a Service” in Brazilian Law

Blockchain technology, developed in 2009 as the basis for the functioning of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, soon became an thing in itself due to the doors it opened for a myriad of applications well beyond the financial scope of the Bitcoin. The ability to verify transactions and informations in an inherently decentralized manner has become the…

IRIS at the Internet Governance Forum

Between December 5th and 9th, researchers from the Institute for Research on Internet and Society (IRIS) participated actively in the discussions of the Internet Governance Forum – IGF 2016, held in Guadalajara, Mexico. Associated with the United Nations General Assembly, this is a multi-stakeholder forum, which includes the most diverse actors in discussions on public…

Civil Liability of Providers in Sharing Economy

The sharing economy is an alternative way of enjoying resources and items within the capitalist logic, but, theoretically, away from large corporations. It is based on the interaction between digital platforms users, enabling exchanges involving money, services, goods and others. The economic value isn’t relevant in some cases, a few platforms don’t accept cash as…

Freedom on the Net Report 2016

Release of the Freedom on the Net 2016 report The Freedom on the Net 2016 report was released on November 14, 2016 regarding the freedom of online users around the globe. Among the main conclusions of the report are: Decline for the sixth consecutive year of online freedom in the world (including in Brazil); Two-thirds…

Accessibility and digital inclusion in Brazil

Accessibility as a fundamental right With the popularization of Internet access around the globe, since the beginning of the 21st century, digital inclusion has been considered a Human Right. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states that: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and speech; this right includes freedom…

Results of the 2nd Seminar on Internet Governance and the Civil Internet Framework: Globalization, Technology and Connectivity

The 2nd Seminar on Internet Governance and the Civil Internet Framework: Globalization, Technology and Connectivity was a success: more than 45 works presented, 11 varied panels and an average of 230 participants, among listeners, panelists, authors, coordinators of working groups, supporters and organizing committee. There were two days of presentations, intense debates, and much knowledge.…