Public statement from the Institute of Research on Internet and Society – IRIS about ADC 51/2017

An Action in the Supreme Federal Court discusses international cooperation in cases involving the Internet and the obtation of communications content from users abroad On November 28, 2017, the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court (STF) received the Declaratory Action of Constitutionality No. 51. In this action, the Federation of Associations of Brazilian Information Technology Companies, Assespro, aims,…

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Artificial Intelligence and Regulation – New York Case

In December 2017, New York City’s City Council has passed a bill that seeks to ensure transparency of algorithms used for decision-making by the police, judiciary and other government agencies in the city. The bill’s scope, however, is limited to the algorithms used by the Public Administration, not addressing uses in the private sector. The…

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Social Technology: Technique and innovation to promote autonomy

TinkerCAD, Forno solar da Pleno Sol, GNU Image Manipulation Program,Programa Territórios Sustentáveis. These are some initiatives that in an innovative way, and with the use of different systems and tools, contribute to the process of emancipation and transformation of precarious realities. They are conceptually called social technologies. This term is the product of a cumulative…

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Cryptojacking of processing power: what is it and how to protect yourself?

Most website admins have always tried to profit through their pages, one way or another, for various reasons: whether to make an actual profit or simply to maintain it online. It has been that way with direct advertisement, adwares, spywares, sponsored posts and premium content. It just so happens that, with innovation and new technologies,…

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IRIS at I International Congress of Law and Technology

Organization The Superior Labor Court, in Brasília, was PALCO of the I  International Congress of Law and Technology. The event, organized by the Group of Research and Development in Law and Technology – UnB and the Legal Labs, happened between November 23rd and 24th and counted on over 700 participants. In the occasion, there were…

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Trump and Net Neutrality

Introduction The current US President Donald Trump’s warrant has been the subject of controversy since its begining. The afternoon of Nov. 21 was no different with the announcement by the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, that the Trump government wants to change the rules governing net neutrality in the country –…

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IRIS at the 7th Brazilian IGF

Between 14 and 17 November, the VII Fórum da Internet no Brasil (FIB) was held in the city of Rio de Janeiro/RJ. Organized annually by the Comitê Gestor da Internet no Brasil (CGI.br), the event serves as preparation for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which is an initiative of the UN General Secretariat. The purpose…

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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…

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Global Symposium on Artificial Intelligence & Inclusion

Organization Between 8 and 9 November, two representatives of the Internet & Society Reference Institute participated in the Global Symposium on Artificial Intelligence & Inclusion, organized at the Museum of Tomorrow (Rio de Janeiro) by the Institute of Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio) and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet &…

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Situation of Internet Freedom in Nigeria

Nigeria is home to 149.5 Million Internet Subscribers, out of which 92 million are active subscribers. MTN with 58,121, 427 subscribers, Glo with 37,270,100 subscribers, Airtel with 34,336,802 subscribers and 9mobile with 19,621,806 subscribers. This makes Nigeria one of the largest internet user populations in Sub Saharan Africa. The Alliance for Affordable Internet has ranked…

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