The Institute for Research on Internet & Society (IRIS) is an independent study center founded in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Its mission is to explore, study and understand the Internet’s outspreads on modern society: its development, dynamics, norms and standards. Aware of the importance of information and communication technologies to economic and technological development in the 21st century, IRIS also seeks to understand how Law and related subjects can contribute to advance and strengthen an environment that favours innovation, entrepreneurship and the common Internet user’s welfare.
As an independent institution, IRIS offers legal and academic counseling to the public and private sectors alike, by means of public policies aimed at the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship, legal opinions in matters of great importance to society, and also through qualification and updating courses offered to professionals and students of all areas.
Acting on many fronts, IRIS seeks to research issues related to Internet & Society, forming strategic partnerships for the production of studies, books and reports. The Institute is also engaged clinical work, providing legal counseling and support in Internet Law, Intellectual Property Law and new technologies, aiming especially at Minas Gerais’ vigorous startup environment. Finally, through the study group from which it stems from, IRIS seeks to qualify and update Law students and professionals alike by offering courses and seminars aimed towards the academic community, as well as the whole of society.
As an independent institution, IRIS offers legal and academic counseling to the public and private sectors alike, by means of public policies aimed at the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship, legal opinions in matters of great importance to society
The Study Group on Internet, Innovation and Intellectual Property (GNet) intends to fulfill a long-felt need at the Federal University of Minas Gerais’ School of Law: research and analysis of interdisciplinary subjects involving legal, economic and social foundations of the Internet and its global governance. Now a subdivision of IRIS, it functions under the coordination and supervision of Professor Fabricio B. Pasquot Polido.
Ever since the enactment of the Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for the Internet, many legal and technical challenges have been spotted by Law practitioners and scholars, whether because said legislation seeks to consolidate a series of rights and principles for the Internet, addressed mainly to individuals, groups and corporations, whether because it raises questions as to the limits of State intervention on private relations occurring on digital environments.
In times of great debate, innovation and elaboration of guiding principles that will rule the global information society, it seems vital, as a prestigious Law school in Brazil, that the Federal University of Minas Gerais’ Law School not only keeps itself up to date on discussions related to the Internet, but also that it becomes a center at the forefront of the study and debate of issues pertaining Internet and society, as well as concerning users’ rights, management of intellectual property rights on virtual environments and the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship.
GNet intends to investigate reference topics on Internet and society, from national and foreign literature, as well as cases of great relevance to legislative and jurisprudential experience. Attempting to adequate itself to the fast changing rhythm of innovative technologies and changes inherent to this subject, the study group will keep itself up to date on topics such as traditional and digital media, social networks, scientific publications and academic communities.
Finally, GNet aims to establish long-lasting cooperation projects and dialogues with other centers for Internet & society, both in Brazil and abroad. Its attendants are involved in an ample array of meetings, workshops, seminars and debates with the entirety of the academic community, inside and outside the university. It is not, however, restricted to the Faculty of Law, but keen on seeking contributions and discussions on many other subjects, such as Computer Science, Engineering, Political Sciences, International Economic Relations, Economy and Sociology, as well as other outside study groups dedicated to the analysis and research of similar issues.