Legal Startups: New routes to Law?

In what time do we live? A subject that has gained repercussion in discussions involving technology and law, legal techs are at the center of debates about the application of technology to the law and its repercussions for the exercise of activities that can still be considered conventional, such as advocacy or the judiciary. Ultimately,…

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Technology beyond private initiative: public policy issues

By buying a technological product the consumer commonly attributes the total creation and elaboration of the merchandise by the company owner of the brand engraved in the product. However, the application of a technology is a consequence of the construction of knowledge and realization of experiences developed by several actors, among them and assuming an…

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Fake news, bots, filters and other threats to Brazilian democracy

Polarization. Apparently, one of the most used words in political headlines in recent years. Whether it is regarding the Brexit, North America or Impeachment suffered by former President Dilma Rousseff, societies never talk about building physical and imaginary walls as much as they talk today. Manichaean and extremist visions are sustained by blocking and lack…

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Fake News, Massive Surveillance and IRIS at Connected Life Conference

On June 20, we presented Logic Gates and Access Records of Internet Users: From Technical Possibilities to Judicial Reasoning in Brazilian Courts, a research report on the work developed at the Institute of Reference in Internet and Society – IRIS, held in the year of 2017, at the Connected Life 2018 conference, held at Oxford…

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Call for papers – III Internet Governance Seminar

The Institute for Research on Internet and Society (IRIS), the Group for International Studies on Intellectual Property, Internet and Innovation (GNet) and other partner entities invite researchers in Law, Science, Technology and related fields to submit their presentation proposals and expanded abstracts, in Portuguese, English or Spanish, for the “III INTERNET GOVERNANCE SEMINAR: POLICIES, INTERNET…

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Online streaming: what is it and what is its legal nature?

You have most likely already consumed content online through streaming services. YouTube, Spotify and Netflix are examples of services that use this technique to distribute their content to users. But, after all, what exactly is this technology so present in our lives? This text seeks to make a brief exposition on the subject, as well…

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Marketplaces: world trend and Brazilian receptivity

Research conducted by the Associação Brasileira de Comércio Eletrônico shows the importance and the rise of e-commerce in Brazil, even in times of political and economic instability: in relation to 2017, there was a growth of 12% and sales in the order of 59.9 billions of reais within this trade modality. However, many sellers do…

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Blockchain and the right to be forgotten on the internet

Much has been said about Blockchain and cryptocurrency, from the most optimistic views saying it represents the end of the middleman, to those who are more pessimistic and see the technology as a way to waste a lot of money (and electricity) on applications that could be much simpler and less costly. Blockchain is more…

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Encryption, privacy and personal data protection: outlines of a contemporary debate

The importance of encryption and its impact on the law and society is a subject that has gained projection in Brazil with the recent course of judicial actions in the Supreme Federal Court – STF. Both (ADI 5527 and ADPF 403) deal with the issue of the blockage of online applications like WhatsApp – instant…

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Privacy and data protection in Brazilian smart cities

The transformation between models of Brazilian public administration over the years shows, initially, how the public administration is a reflection of an economically dominant model and how public policies are thus oriented. The implantation of a bureaucratic model of public administration in the 1930s was marked by a growth of the State structure, administrative organization,…

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