Autonomous Cars: Challenges and Perspectives

One of the most promising and potentially disruptive technologies of our decade is that of autonomous cars, or self-driving cars. News regarding innovations, ethical dilemmas or even the first accidents involving autonomous cars have taken over specialized media. Gartner Inc., a consulting company focused on information technology that develops yearly reports on new technological trends,…

New declaration on freedom of expression

In action between The United Nations (UN), the Organization of American States (OAS), the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), through their special rapporteurs for freedom of expression, was approved on March 2017 the “Joint Declaration on Freedom of Expression and “Fake News”,…

What is the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on regulating the Internet?

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has been performing an active role in regulating internet and technology companies in recent years. It has been judging several cases related to key issues, such as personal data, privacy and sharing economy. Explaining briefly, the CJEU is an judicial authority of the European Union whose…

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…