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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The nuances of the net neutrality debate

The concept of network neutrality has already been discussed in this blog, but involves certain nuances that are usually neglected in more tabloid-style debates. It is important to reflect on this, because the answers and concepts involved are not merely dichotomous, as one would expect in a simple yes/no debate on the implementation of net…

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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,…

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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”,…

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How can artificial intelligence affect courts?

Researches on artificial intelligence are increasing greatly in recent years. This expansion it associated with an increasing availability of data shared by users, allowed by a context of expansion of internet access. This sheer amount of information is often used in teaching processes for algorithms, like machine learning. In these cases the algorithm is not…

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Single Ticket and the Limits of Privacy

The municipal government of São Paulo is seeking to privatize Single Ticket, a public transportation system of electronic tickets. In this model, a passenger buys a electronic card attached to his personal ID, and then constantly recharges it by buying new electronic tickets. In official advertising of the city hall, it is stated that the…

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