IRIS at OpenCon Latin America 2017

The annual OpenCon global conference is a space for students and academic professionals from a wide range of knowledge, who are interested in open access, open data, open educational resources and many other aspects of open and scientific educational culture. On 12 and 13 OF October, the regional meeting of this event was held at…

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Why the political reforms might prevent you from expressing criticism online

Brazil has recently had its score downgraded on a report by Freedom House on freedom of expression online, the Freedom on the Net 2016 Report. The downgrade is a result of several actions which sought to restrict users’ rights online, especially their freedoms to post criticism, investigative news and to freely use such means of…

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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…

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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,…

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International Data Flows and State Boundaries

State and territory The international system, since the seventeenth century, has been structured on the ideas of sovereignty of States and peoples, as well as on the exercise of power limited to a territory. The boundaries imply not only the states’ own affirmation, but also a mutual commitment of, as a rule, non-interference in the…

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

This September, a research, published by Stanford psychology professor Michal Kosinski and researcher Yilun Wang, claimed to have identified the sexual orientation of people by analyzing photos of faces by means of an artificial intelligence algorithm (deep neural networks). The research has generated heated debates in the US and European media, and has also been…

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Internet, Globalization and legal gaps: The Brazilian Internet Bill of Rights as a solution to a (previously) growing jurisprudential inconsistency

Since its popularization in the 1990s, the Internet has been contributing to the Globalization process. The shortening of distances between people around the world meant that not only did communication become infinitely more dynamic, transcending the barriers that previously made it impossible to instantaneously exchange information internationally, but also that companies that do not actually…

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Blockchain and e-Government: The Estonian experience and the first Brazilian initiatives

Most of the debates involving Blockchain Technologies revolves around its use as a tool for financial innovation and in private scope, while its applications for public interest are often underestimated and seldom discussed, even though they are many. The power of the Blockchain in public interest resides its simultaneous offer of transparency, trust and privacy:…

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Jurisdiction and conflicts of law in the digital age: regulatory framework of internet regulation

This is the second 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 existing policy and normative frameworks for the determination…

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The biggest lie in Internet history

The act of lying is inherent in human behavior. In all social fields, lies occupy a space of manipulation of reality, which can be expressed by an omission, by the selective choice of facts or by the simple creation of them. The ethics behind a lie is always controversial: Should we tell a harsh, cruel…

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