I work on the Internet, managing websites of Brazilian federal agencies in the cultural sector. I like to write about what I see and what I think. In Portuguese: Ecologia Digital – In English: Eco-Rama.
Latest posts by Jose Murilo
Angola: Beauty Contest for Victims of Landmines
Desabafos Angolanos [PT] — a BOBs’ nominee from Angola — posts about ‘Miss Landmine‘, a project from a NGO from Oslo, Norway, aiming to call the attention to the landmine problem in Angola.
Brazil: Reforming Abortion Laws
Cecilia Sardenberg, in “The right to abortion: briefing from Brazil” at OpenDemocracy.net, tells about the heated debate over reforms to Brazil's outdated abortion laws that has intensified across the country in 2007.
Brazil: Robinho's ‘you go that way, I’ll go this way’ dribble
Bruno Romani shares the video clip where Brazilian football player Robinho presents his new dribble “You go that way, I’ll go this way”, during the Brazil 5 x 0 Ecuador World Cup Qualifiers game.
Contrivance and Controversy as Brazilian Media Cover Urban Violence
In Brazil last week, it was difficult to find blogs that did not post about the debate over the causes of urban violence. It all began on the web when people “pre-released” the leaked copy of the film ‘Elite Squad’. By now the polemic has reverberated and evolved into a...
Brazilian “Elite Squad” Provokes Police, Pirates, Pundits and Promotion
“Elite Squad”, a much-hyped film about Rio's special forces police is having its official launch today in Rio and São Paulo, and the nationwide premiere is scheduled for Oct. 12. The peculiar thing about this release is that an estimated crowd of 3.5 million people have already seen it before...
Internet Governance, Global Privacy and IGF-Rio
The global debate on Internet governance will once again gather people from all over the world at UN's IGF, this time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The process was started last year in Athens, when more than 1,200 participants focused on discussion of the overarching issues tied to the future...
Brazil: Gunshots along the border
Altino Machado reports a radio call [PT] from José Meirelles, who coordinates an Etno-Environmental Protection Front at the Brazil-Peru border on Acre state, deep in the Amazon Forest. He tells about gunshots that fortunately missed 2 workers on a canoe yesterday, in an event that can be linked with the...
Brazil: The side effects of a ban on outdoor advertising
Bruno Giussiani writes about São Paulo's radical ban on outdoor advertising: how it brought up a new identity to the city, and also removed the camouflage of some previously hidden realities.
Brazil: “Rodeos” in the Amazon
Lou Gold, an American eco-spirit guy now traveling in Brazil blogs about [EN] northern Brazilian “rodeos”, the expanding economy of the Brazilian state of Acre, his own past growing up in the Midwest, and about the pros and cons of the “progress.”
Indians blog to defend against illegal logging along the Brazil-Peru Frontier
The Ashaninkas are the largest indigenous group in the Peruvian Amazon and differently from the majority of the South American original dwellers, their cultural identity is greatly preserved. Apart from being among the native nations of the continent connected with the traditional use of Ayahuasca, the Ashaninkas are specially known...
Brazil: Ad campaign compares bloggers with monkeys
A traditional Brazilian newspaper launched an advertising campaign to promote its new website, and the core message of all video and visual pieces was based on a humorous approach of blogs as bad sources of information. One video piece went far enough as comparing bloggers with monkeys. As expected, the local blogosphere took it personally.
Brazil: The philosopher, the media, and the blogs
The influence of the Internet in Brazil is gathering momentum. In a country where open TV networks owned by politicians widely ruled the media environment for the last 30 years, some new polls on web access are revealing pronounced leaps in the number of Internet users. From the raw number...
Brazil: An authentic Rio experience after the Pan Games
In ‘Brazilions of Brazilians‘ Karen Robinson reports about his authentic Rio experience — rather than the touristy one — after the Pan American Games.
Brazil: About the 2007 Rio Pan-American Games
After two intense weeks full of sports coverage and post-tragedy debates in the media, the XV Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro has come to an end. Since its inauguration ceremony, where president Lula got booed by the crowd at the stadium, the event has inspired a passionate debate colored by political frictions in the local blogosphere. How the defection of Cuban athletes fits the plot? Read through the end of the post and find out what Brazilian blogs has to say about it.
Pan American Games, Brazilian Style
Neil at London 2012 presents an extensive report about the Brazilian and Carioca [from Rio de Janeiro] way of hosting the Pan American Games.
Brazilian blogs on another airplane crash
While still facing a highly blogged crisis in its air traffic management, and not yet recovered from the crash of a Boeing-737 over the Amazon ten months ago, Brazil was shaken last week by yet another airplane disaster. On Tuesday, an Airbus-320 with 186 aboard slid off the runway at Congonhas city-airport in São Paulo, and ran across a busy highway during the evening rush hour to crash into a building and a gas station.
Brazil: At least 200 dead in jet crash
Intermezzo offer links from the first hours of the online coverage of Brazil’s worst airplane disaster, at Congonhas airport in São Paulo.
Lusophony Day: Learning Through Connectedness
We wanted to celebrate the Lusophony Day, as an opportunity to post about the recent launching of the Global Voices website in Portuguese. A quick googling around the keywords brought up the July 17th inspired on CPLP‘s foundation, but as we kept searching other dates appeared like the May 31st...
Brazil: Blogs follow the ethanol debate as it goes global
Ethanol has suddenly turned into a popular word among Brazilian bloggers, specially because of the foreign attention it attracts. In fact, “alcohol” is the word Brazilians have been using to call its sugar-cane derived biofuel since the 70s, when Proalcool started, but blogs are surely under global influence. As President...
Bibliography of the Brazilian Ayahuasca Religions
Beatriz Labate announces the publishing by MAPS of an extensive bibliography about the Brazilian Ayahuasca Religions, and says that the expansion of these religious movements within Brazil and into other countries, of which the boom in studies is evidence, points to a growing relevance and timeliness of the topic.
Brazilian and Indian Doha Round Solidarity: Is it a reason for blame or a call for leadership?
A blame game seemed to start as soon as Brazil's Foreign Minister Celso Amorim and Indian Commerce Minister Kamal Nath walked out of the G4 talks with their counterparts from the US and the EU Thursday in Postdam, Germany. The meeting between these four key players in the World Trade...