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‘Let's Go, Argentina!’

On Futbol Champagne, Argentinian Manuel de León writes [es] a letter to the football national team prior to the 2014 Football FIFA World Cup in Brazil:

Me tomo hoy, a través de esta carta, el atrevimiento de pedirles que dejen la vida dentro y fuera de la cancha por estos colores; que cuando vayan a correr una pelota, lo hagan como la sangre celeste y blanca que les corre por dentro; que cuando traben una pelota no lo hagan con toda sus fuerzas, sino con la de 40 millones de argentinos, porque vamos a estar con ustedes. Estaremos en oficinas, bares, restaurantes, casas, colectivos, el tren, el subte, las fábricas, en la calle. A lo largo y a lo ancho de un país entero.

Through this letter, I am bold enough to ask all of you to make more than your best effort for those colors; when you run after a ball, do it as the light blue and white blood inside you, when you take the ball don't do it with all your heart but with the heart of 40 million Argentinians because we are going to stand by you. We will be at offices, bars, restaurants, homes, public transportation, train, subway, factories, on the street. From every corner of a whole country.

You can follow de León on Twitter.

This post was part of the sixth #LunesDeBlogsGV [Monday of blogs on GV] on June 9, 2014.

From Our World Cup Archive: How Brazil Fooled the World With a Meme

The most widespread image of the joke. Unknown author

The most widespread image of the joke. Unknown author

Remember “Cala Boca Galvão”, the Internet meme that became a worldwide joke when millions of Twitter users started telling a famous Brazilian sports narrator and broadcaster, Galvão Bueno, to shut up, during the 2010 World Cup opening ceremony?

Almost instantly it was a worldwide trending topic on Twitter and people from all over the world were trying to understand what was going on.

People armed with Brazilian humour stepped up to elaborate with a fake urgent call to help save a supposedly endangered species of bird (the “galvão”), and asked people to retweet “Cala Boca Galvão” as loud as possible. This video created in June 2010 about the fictional bird that needs to be saved from the World Cup has more than 2.2 million views.  

Mainstream media outlets helped spread the hoax that was later described by The New York Times as “one of history’s most successful cyberpranks”, and clarified this in its blog The Lede.

Read the story by Raphael Tsavkko Garcia from our archive: Brazil: The ‘Cala Boca Galvão’ Phenomenon.

Video: Brazil's Military Police Assaults Subway Workers on Strike

The Brazilian independent media collective Midia Ninja posted a video and a news report [pt] on Youtube that expose the violence of the Military Police of São Paulo against subway workers on a peaceful strike in the early hours of June 5, 2014. The video shows riot police officers charging against workers on strike with shots of rubber bullet at close range:

The report also indicates that less than a week to go before the World Cup, the strike “triggered by the Subway Union (…), affected about 4.6 million users of Metro on Thursday”, 5 June:

A categoria tentou de todas as formas negociar pelos seus direitos sem prejudicar usuários mas nenhuma proposta foi aceita até então pela Secretaria de Transporte do Estado. 

Os Metroviários chegaram inclusive a propor a catraca livre enquanto forma de manter o protesto sem afetar a população: “Seria uma alternativa à paralização”, propôs o presidente do Sindicato Altino de Melo Prazeres Júnior. Geraldo Alckmin, Governador do Estado e responsável pela gestão do Metrô, afirma que o movimento é “político e sem sentido”, e atua com a força militar da polícia para impedir a reivindicação trabalhlista prevista em Lei. 

Ao menos um trabalhador foi preso. A greve do Metrô continua por tempo indeterminado.

The workers tried in every way to negotiate their rights without harming users but no proposal was accepted hitherto by the Secretary of Transportation of the State.

The Subway workers have even proposed a free pass as a way to keep the protest without affecting the population: “It would be an alternative to the standstill”, proposed the president of the Union, Altino Prazeres Melo Júnior. Geraldo Alckmin, governor of the State and responsible for managing the Metro, says the move is “political and meaningless”, and works with the military police force to prevent the labour claim provided by Law

At least one worker was arrested. The subway strike continues indefinitely.

Peru and NetMundial: Same Old, Same Old… or Worse

Chillinfart writes [es] on V de Vergüenza about NetMundial, which he considers as a farce. To him this was:

a meeting just for the sake of the picture, with core topics revolving around the share-out for Internet domains and concerns about cybersecurity (ring a bell?), leaving aside topics as neutrality on the net. In fact [telecommunication provider] Telefónica used the context [es] and asked messaging service to provide “colaboraction”.

After noting that, in his opinion, there is lack of understanding about some associations of Internet in Peru about assistants to NetMundial, and says about official Peruvian intervention on the conference:

Fortunately, Peru went off only on holidays [es] to this event. Really, if Peru was part or not, in any case we'd lose, either because of the doublespeak (whuile we suffer from the same problem as in Brazil) or because of the known fear from authoridaties and private sector have to Internet and exprssed in more than a way, up to the point that VICE magazine pointed out that mediocrity in telecommunications benefits piracy by inhibiting the access to the offer there is online.

The post reviewed here was part of the first #LunesDeBlogsGV [Monday of blogs on GV] on May 5, 2014.

Brazil Scores Before “the Internet World Cup” Begins: Marco Civil Approved by the Senate

Update (23 April 2014, 15:15 GMT): President Dilma has sanctioned the bill in the NetMundial event. Marco Civil is now a law in Brazil. Livestream:

In the eve of the global Internet governance event hosted in Brazil, NETmundial, the Brazilian Senate approved the one-of-kind bill of rights for Internet users, known as “Marco Civil”. The final sanction is now in the hands of President Dilma Rousseff. According to a press release [pt] by the Senate, the quick approval, without amendments, was motivated by the interest that “the bill becomes law during NETmundial,” which starts today April 23, 2014, in São Paulo.

“Marco Civil could have a revolutionary effect on the current Internet policy environment,” Global Voices Advocacy editor Ellery Biddle wrote after the approval of the bill in the lower house of Congress, on March 25. Brazil is reaching a turning point while leading a pioneer role in the definition of Internet policies. The participatory process that was carried out for the creation and discussion of the bill -“driven by the public interest, as opposed to the interests of businesses or government” – surely adds perspective to the global multistakeholder meeting on the future of internet governance that will bring together government representatives, policy makers and civil society groups from around the world on April 23-24. 

Venezuelan lawyer and writer Marianne Diaz (@mariannedh), who is in São Paulo to cover the event, describes NETmundial as “the Internet World Cup” in a preview article for The games have just started. 

NETmundial counts on 33 remote participation hubs in 23 countries and will be livestreamed from the website Follow @NETmundial2014 on Twitter and the hashtag #NETmundial2014 for updates.

Delayed Construction Works in Brazil Fuel “(un)Happy” Video

The contagious feeling triggered by Pharrell Williams’ viral music video “Happy” inspired citizens of Porto Alegre, Brazil, to take advantage of the fact that their city holds the Portuguese word for “happy” in its name — but rather to express what's making them unhappy.

The video shows people dancing joyfully in front of delayed construction works for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Watch “Porto (un)Happy” below with captions in English:

Published on March 25, the video has already been watched over 250,000 times. Its creators use the Facebook page Porto un-Happy to promote the hashtag #MudaPOA (Change, Porto Alegre), as well as to collect mentions in the media and to clarify [pt]:

Nosso protesto NÃO é contra a Copa, e sim contra o atraso nas obras e o pouco caso com a população!

Our protest is NOT against the World Cup, but against the delayed construction works and the lack of care towards the population!

On the map We Are Happy From, you will find a video version created by the city's public administration. The video presents a very positive perspective, but it has been less popular, with 50,000 views.

Global Voices also reported on the ironic version of “Happy” from Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil's Internet Bill of Rights Ignites Storm of Posts

Activists who support Brazil's bill of rights for Internet users, known as the #MarcoCivil, and who have Facebook or Twitter accounts are invited to participate in a large-scale campaign on social networks to pressure the National Congress to vote on the current version of the bill. An article by Julie Rovono on TechCrunch explains how the lobby of telecom companies is threatening the net neutrality provision.

The mobilization is taking place today, March 25, 2014, under the hashtag #EuQueroMarcoCivil (I want Marco Civil). Voting may take place on the same day, though it has been postponed around 30 times [pt] since 2012. Anyone who wants to take part in the “compartilhaço” (“sharing storm”) can subscribe on the website “Save the Internet” from the social mobilization platform Meu Rio:

Vamos deixar claro para os deputados que a liberdade de expressão, a neutralidade da rede e a privacidade dos usuários não são negociáveis. O texto precisa ser aprovado como está!

Let's make it clear for members of parliament that freedom of expression, network neutrality and users privacy are not negotiable. The bill needs to be approved as it is!

“Happy” Video Exposes the Other Side of Rio de Janeiro

Inspired by the “worldwide contagious happiness” that was sparked by Pharrell Williams’ viral music video “Happy“, as can be seen in hundreds of dancing videos from around the world, Brazilian group of video-makers Jeitinho Carioca (“Shit Cariocas Say”) has created a local version for Rio de Janeiro with a satirical tone. 

Besides showing people dancing with a happy feeling, the video also exposes other not-so-happy current affairs in the city, such as the high cost of living, the racism problem, thievery and violence, as well as the construction works for the World Cup and Olympics. 

Watch “We Are Rio“:

Global Voices has also reported on “Happy” videos of Middle East and North AfricaHong Kong and the Pursuit of Happiness in Africa.

Brazil's Carnival Waste: The Day After in Photos

A teen sleeps near his Samba school float. Many of the workers live in the School borough, making this a family tradition, and not only a commercial service. The party in Carnival week never ceases in Rio. With a 24/7 programming, there is almost no time to rest, as the next block is just around the corner. The recent garbage collectors strike leaves traces of trash scattered throughout Rio. Photo by Leonardo Coelho copyright Demotix (4 March 2014)

A teen sleeps near his Samba school float. Many of the workers live in the School borough, making this a family tradition, and not only a commercial service. Photo by Leonardo Coelho copyright Demotix (4 March 2014)

“The party in Carnival week never ceases in Rio,” says Brazilian photographer Leonardo Coelho. But eventually the day comes when the party is over and thus “Rio de Janeiro wakes up to a trashed city after Carnival night“.

That is the title of a photo report by Coelho, which shows the “traces of trash scattered throughout Rio”. In a different set he calls it a “garbage crisis“, due to this year's strike of garbage collectors who are demanding better working conditions and wages.

Another photojournalist, Ale Silva (who also shared pictures of the day after on Demotix), caught on camera a protest staged by around 500 striking garbage collectors in front of Rio's city hall on March 4, 2014. More pictures of the day after can be seen on the website Fotos Públicas here and here.

Amendments to Brazil's Bill of Rights for Internet Users Jeopardizes Privacy

Recent amendments to Brazil's pioneer bill of rights for Internet users, the “Marco Civil da Internet” (Internet Civil Rights Framework), put net neutrality and users’ privacy at stake. The bill is expected to be voted on by Congress during the last week of February 2014.

“Marco Civil with article 16: Brazilian government becomes NSA”. Banner from the #16igualNSA campaign ("article 16 leans towards NSA surveillance").

“Marco Civil with Article 16: Brazilian government becomes NSA”. Banner from the #16igualNSA campaign.

Activists have launched an online campaign asking for the removal of one of the new provisions, Article 16, that mandates service providers to store personal data of their users. The hashtag in use is #16igualNSA (“Article 16 leans towards NSA surveillance”).

Joana Varon, a Brazilian researcher from the Center for Technology and Society at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, points to an article on the PrivacyLatam blog as the “most accurate post in English regarding changes on #privacy protection at #marcocivil“: 

This measure not only contradicts all previous versions of the Bill (which is a work in progress started by a draft generated by a public consultation in 2010). It establishes an unprecedented  duty to all “for profit” Brazilian Internet players who run a site or service to keep private information of their users for 6 months, regardless of any consideration about their users’ consent.

Even if the Bill mention protection measures for the data owners, it is clear that the simple fact of the existence of the mandatory personal data register is, ‘per se’, a danger that users cannot avoid since their free consent would be not taken into account. Moreover, the lack of a general framework for personal data protection makes the whole environment at least very prone to the misuse of personal information.

The Brazilian Institute for Consumer Rights (Idec) created an online petition [pt] asking for “neutrality, privacy and freedom of expression in Marco Civil”. The platform allows sending letters to the Members of Parliament.

Why You Should Pick France as Your 2nd Favorite Team at the 2014 World Cup

Graham MacAree at SB Nation posts an entertaining comment on why one should pick the French national team as their 2nd favorite team after their home team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil :

You'll want to watch France games because if they're on, they'll be lovely to watch, and if they're off it's downright hilarious. The way to get the most out of a combustible team is to follow them closely enough to enjoy all the details but keep emotionally far away enough so that the explosion doesn't singe you too badly.

MacAree also mentions that the French team trolled Usain Bolt after they beat Jamaica in a warm-up match. Here is a photo on twitter of the aforementioned trolling from French player Paul Pogba's twitter feed:

‘Stadium of Exception': Brazilian Police Arrest Anti-Cup Activists

Collective Midia Ninja denounces [pt] that activists against the World Cup are being arrested in the city of Rio de Janeiro one day before the kick-off of the matches. These arrests are meant to prevent “future crimes in an attempt to intimidate” those who are willing to go on the streets and protest:

A Polícia Cívil do Rio de Janeiro acaba de executar uma série de detenções. Na manhã de hoje as ativistas Elisa Quadros (conhecida como Sininho), a advogada Eloisa Samy e o cinegrafista Thiago Ramos, foram presos em casa , e estão sendo levados para investigação na DRCI – Delegacia de Repressão aos Crimes de Informática. Na última semana em Goiânia, mandatos de busca e apreensão ja haviam sido utilizados como forma de cerceamento ao direito de manifestação e tática de coerção contra a parcela da população que pretende manifestar suas indignações durante o evento da FIFA.

The Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro has just executed a series of arrests. This morning, activist Elisa Frames (known as Tinkerbell), lawyer Eloisa Samy and cameraman Thiago Ramos were arrested at home and are being taken for questioning in the DRCI – Delegacy for the Repression of Informatic Crimes. Last week in Goiania, search and seizure warrants were already used as a means of curtailing the right to protest and as a tactic of coercion against the people who wish to express their outrage over the FIFA event.