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Brazil: The loss of a pioneer digital activist

Daniel Pádua were a well-known digital activist in Brazil. Photo by Cátia Kitahara from WordPress-BR.

Daniel Pádua was a well-known digital activist in Brazil. Photo brought by Cátia Kitahara in WordPress-BR.

Brazil lost today one of its pioneers digital activists. Daniel Pádua [pt] (also known as @dpadua on Twitter) had been recently diagnosed with cancer and lost the battle this morning, in Brasília. Always present in open source software and free culture events in Brazil, he was a strong reference for many bloggers in posts about ciberactivism and freedom of speech on the Internet.

On the WordPress-Br blog, Cátia Kitahara wrote [pt]:

Hoje perdemos um amigo queridíssimo, aqui da comunidade, o Daniel Pádua. Sentiremos muito sua falta, não só pelo grande talento e inteligência que ele possuia, mas principalmente pelo seu caráter. Queremos manifestar nosso carinho para sua família e amigos.

Today we lost Daniel Pádua, a dearest friend of this community. We will miss him, not only for his great talent and intelligence, but mostly for his character. We want to send our love to his family and friends.

As the news spreads all over the web, Twitter users who known his work and commitment are honoring him and saying a last goodbye:

emerluis honors dpadua

Now the sunset pays homage to @dpadua. 480N.

This is Global Voices tribute to Daniel Pádua. Rest in peace.


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