Mídias Sociais Digitais e Saúde

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,…

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…

IRIS at the Internet Governance Forum

Between December 5th and 9th, researchers from the Institute for Research on Internet and Society (IRIS) participated actively in the discussions of the Internet Governance Forum – IGF 2016, held in Guadalajara, Mexico. Associated with the United Nations General Assembly, this is a multi-stakeholder forum, which includes the most diverse actors in discussions on public…

Personal data protection in the international scenario: brief comments on the american and european models and on brazilian law

To say that privacy and personal data protection debate have international dimension and relevance is a commonplace nowadays. However, the practical confirmation of the assertion made is useful for both understanding the current situation and making a draft of the issue’s global extent and its consequences. From recent history we detach two related facts: (i)…

Surveillance on the Internet

Bruna Batista and Luís Israel On the 19th of this month, four years have passed since the Ecuadorian embassy in London granted political asylum to Julian Assange, Australian cyberactivist and editor-in-chief of Wikileaks. The hunt for Assange began in 2010 with the leak of confidential documents from the US government through the wiki. Julian contributed…

Privacy and data protection: Apple, Facebook and Whatsapp

Matheus Rosa and Victor Barbieri Rodrigues Vieira Nowadays, with the advent of the Internet, discussions about data privacy have been occuring on a regular basis. The rise of countless ways of online interaction, such as forums and social networks, alongside technologies that keep us connected to the web all the time, allowing each and every one of…