IRIS joins efforts into reporting for Brazil’s Freedom on the Net Report 2017

About Freedom on the Net Report Freedom on the Net is a Freedom House project consisting of cutting-edge analysis, fact-based advocacy, and on-the-ground capacity building. The Institute for Research on Internet & Society – IRIS and researchers from GNET (Study Group at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais’ Law School) have worked alongside Brazilian rapporteurs in…


Public Ouvidorias (Ombudsman’s Office) and the demands of citizens: the contribution of the e-ouv System.

The Law on Access to Information (LAI), promulgated in 2011 (No. 12.527), and the Decree establishing the Social Participation Policy and the National Social Participation System of 2014 (No. 8.243) put the public ouvidorias (ombudsman’s office) in greater evidence within the Brazilian political field. After all, from that moment on, greater responsibilities were instituted and,…

Jurisdição e Internet

Internet and jurisdiction: Blocking and network fragmentation mechanisms

The difficulty in adjudicating transnational conflicts originated on the internet has caused governments and companies to seek to prevent the emergence of such disputes. Over the years, new technologies have enabled mechanisms to simulate and adulterate geographical boundaries, identifying or repositioning the origin of users in the global space, then restricting their full access to…

Mídias Sociais Digitais e Saúde

Challenges and perspectives of the use of digital social media in the health field

Characteristics of the digital environment and behaviors typical of social media users seem to come to the attention of health researchers interested in establishing a bridge between the scientific community and society. In research with this approach, it is possible that the great contribution of social media is the possibility of reaching specific population groups,…

Inteligência Artificial

Is it possible to use artificial intelligence to determine the sexual orientation of people?

In September 2017, a research was published by Stanford psychology professor Michal Kosinski and Yilun Wang, in which they claim to have identified the sexual orientation of people by analyzing photos of faces with an artificial intelligence algorithm (deep neural networks). The research has generated heated debates in the US and Europe, and has also…