Stories about Brazil

13 April 2016

Under Brazil's Cybercrime Bill, Social Media Sites Could Become ‘Permanent Agents of Vigilance’

"If somebody insults a politicians on a social media platform, the platform will be obligated to remove the content in a maximum of 48 hours."

17 December 2015

WhatsApp is Back on in Brazil. But Why Was it Blocked in the First Place?

The judge who issued the order based her decision on a provision of Marco Civil, Brazil's so-called "Bill of Rights" for the Internet.

12 November 2015

Netizen Report: UN Authorities Pluck Protesters from Global Internet Conference in Brazil

The UN fails to walk the walk on free expression, Tanzanians face prosecution over WhatsApp messages, and the UK rolls out a new surveillance bill that is 'worse than scary'.

9 November 2015

When Were You Sexually Harassed for the First Time? Brazilian Women React to Online Violence

Social networks are increasingly filled with hate speech. This alarming phenomenon, however, is being countered by creative, irreverent, and organized women's groups online.

5 November 2015

Brazil’s Modern Day Slave Owners Don't Want Their Names on the Web

Multiple court rulings have led to the censorship of Brazil's "dirty list" that identifies companies engaged in forced labor practices.

1 October 2015

Netizen Report: Will Brazil Give Up On Defending Digital Rights?

Brazilian legislators seek to undercut the Marco Civil while Ecuador’s president wields tools of censorship to avoid hurt feelings.

6 August 2015

Netizen Report: Wanna Comment on Social Media? Submit Your State ID First, Says Brazilian Deputy

While India's porn ban makes headlines, online harassment of Indian women has peaked. Meanwhile in Europe, Google balks at proposals to globalize the Right to Be Forgotten.

6 March 2015

#FragaWantsToPost: A Brazilian Activist Has Been Forbidden From Protesting for Two Years

Ricardo Fraga’s right to protest has been legally suspended for the last 728 days. He cannot post or mention anything about the high-rise construction project that is changing his neighborhood.

2 March 2015

Did a Brazilian Judge Try to Use Marco Civil to Shut Down WhatsApp Across the Country?

WhatsApp kept working normally in Brazil, but the judge's decision, which was apparently based on provisions in the Marco Civil bill, went viral.

31 December 2014

Protests, Blackouts, and a Bill of Rights for the Internet: Advox in 2014

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