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Proposing a Law with your Cellphone: Technology as a tool to promote Civic Participation and Improve Democracy

May 3, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies at ILAS invites you to its discussion titled, “Proposing a Law with your Cellphone: Technology as a tool to promote Civic Participation and Improve Democracy” with Ronaldo Lemos, Tinker Visiting Professor at SIPA and ILAS and Director of the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio).

Some scholars claim that Brazil has become a laboratory for the development of civic technology and new participatory tools. The country is indeed the birthplace of “participatory budgeting”. In addition, Brazil created one of the very first crowdsourced laws, the so-called Marco Civil da Internet (Brazil´s Internet Bill of Rights protecting free speech online, privacy, net neutrality and other Internet rights). In this talk, I will explain how Marco Civil was created, and the challenges of building a crowdsourced law. I will also introduce the Mudamos platform, a new technology built for Brazilians to come together and introduce new legislative Bills directly in Congress, using their cellphones.

 

Ronaldo Lemos is an internationally respected Brazilian scholar and commentator on technology, intellectual property, and culture. He is a director of the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio) and professor of law & innovation at the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ). He is currently a Tinker Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He holds law degrees from University of Sao Paulo Law School, and Harvard Law. Lemos was one of the creators of the Marco Civil, a law enacted in 20014 regulating the Internet in Brazil protecting civil rights, privacy and net neutrality. He is a member of the Council for Social Communication in Brazil’s Congress, created by Brazilian Constitution to deal with matters related to media and freedom of expression. Lemos writes weekly to Folha de S.Paulo, a national newspaper in Brazil. He hosts a TV show focused on innovation at Globonews, a cable news channel, and has contributed to a number of other publications, including Foreign Affairs, Harper’s Bazaar, and Bravo!. In 2015 he was appointed a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. In 2016 he was appointed a fellow with Ashoka. Dr. Lemos serves as a board member in various organizations, such as the Mozilla Foundation and Access Now.

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May 3, 2017
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12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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802 International Affairs Building
420W 118th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Phone:
212-854-4643
Website:
ilas.columbia.edu