Access to Justice and the Information Society

In 2000, the British lawyer Richard Susskind predicted that in five years, people would have more access to the Internet than to justice in the United Kingdom. Subsequently, the author confirmed his prediction and created others about the impact of new technologies on society and in the exercise of legal careers. One of these impacts…

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IRIS Researchers at the I International Congress about Fundamental Rights and Criminal Procedures in the Digital Age

On May 29th, 30th and 31st, the I International Congress on Fundamental Rights and Criminal Procedure in the Digital Age took place at the University of São Paulo Law School (FDUSP), as a result of a partnership between USP and InternetLab. The Congress was attended by authorities who contributed and still contribute to the development…

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Beyond blocking WhatsApp: suspending application providers in Brazil can be a slippery slope

Since last friday, the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court (STF) has been hearing arguments related to the blocking of applications such as the WhatsApp, in a public hearing convened by Minister Rosa Weber and Minister Edson Fachin, rapporteurs of two constitutional proceedings (n. 5527 and n. 403), respectively. Public hearings are an important mechanism of dialogue…

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Transborder data flows and Bill n. 5,276/2016: some remarks for the Brazilian legislative process

This is one of several research products developed by our team on our Project on Internet & Jurisdiction. This policy paper is designed to submit the scientific contribution of the Institute for Research on Internet and Society – IRIS to a broader public discussion concerning the current text of Bill No. 5,2761, which deals with…

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Uber – Relationship with Drivers

We live in a disruptive era, it is clearly visible that new technologies constantly arise in our daily lives and, even though they might be able to benefit in the long term, it is necessary to proceed with caution when analyzing the new consumer relations, the new contractual relations brought to live by those disruptive…

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Network Neutrality and Internet Service Providers in the US

Changes at sight for the Trump Era? Since Trump’s election, it has been strongly discussed possible changes on net neutrality rules implemented by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2015, on Obama’s presidency. These changes can have a deep impact on citizens, internet governance actors, internet service providers, internet companies, etc. Despite of an immediate…

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Ghost in the Shell x The Ant and the Grasshopper

Work, Taxation and the Future of Artificial Intelligence Introduction The evolution of Artificial Intelligence and automation technologies has revived old concerns regarding the impacts of technology on the labor market, on income concentration and on public administration. More than ever, the threat of replacement of human workers by intelligent automations is present and real. Differently…

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Space for Law

The creation of the Internet was dissociate from state norms. At the time, it was considered a world free of the structures of power of the States or of the rules that the Law imposed. This position is clear in John Perry Barlow’s Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace, which also presents the idea of the…

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Legal abuse and misinterpretations of the Brazilian Internet Bill of Rights

Three years after the enactment of the Brazilian Internet Bill of Rights and almost one year since its regulation (Decree No. 8.771 / 2016), it is essential to reflect on the interpretation and application of these devices, whether in the day to day courts or in consumer relations and business of the various agents to…

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Freedom of Speech and the Brazilian Internet Bill of Rights: Three Years of Regulation

On April 24, 2017, the Brazilian Internet Bill of Rights  (Marco Civil da Internet – MCI), Law n. 12.965/14, will complete three years since its enactment. In order to celebrate its anniversary,  this text will briefly describe what was the historical process of Marco Civil da Internet (MCI)’s creation. Next, we will focus on how…

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