Stories about Brazil from March, 2010
Departing governor of São Paulo José Serra will run for presidency; teachers today marked his final day with another protest. During a previous demonstration calling for pay rises and other benefits, police hit peaceful strikers hard.
In a post called “Sao Paulo, shithole of world”, Adriano Cintra from the band CSS, publishes a set of amazing pictures showing what happens when it rains in the biggest Latin American city, portraying the chaos the population has lived with since the beginning of the year.
In celebration of Ada Lovelace Day we profile several women based around the world who use technology to to make government more transparent and accountable.
Today marks the World Day Against Cyber Censorship, an initiative promoted by global NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in support of a single Internet that is unrestricted and accessible to all. The day will hopefully inspire Internet users to increase their own awareness of online censorship, which is something that many Global Voices authors know all too well. In this post, GV Authors speak out.
In this shocking video, Joao Frigerio shows how a young murder victim's dog in Curitiba Brazil lay next to its owner's dead body during the police investigation process until the body was taken away. The purpose? To convince people of the unconditional love animals give and promt them into adopting...
In this first review of case studies from the Technology for Transparency Network we discover that online platforms like Discuz! and Twitter can reverse bad policy and stimulate healthy debate. But for longterm transparency and accountability projects in developing democracies the challenges are many.
Environmental blogger Vivo Verde [pt] highlights a campaign by Brazil's major telecom VIVO promising to reforest one square meter of native forest for every tweet answering the question: “What would you do with lots of SMS messages?” and with the hashtag #oquevcfaria (#whatwouldyoudo) up to March 10th.