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Taisa Sganzerla

Writer and editor based in London (for now).

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Latest posts by Taisa Sganzerla

10 November 2018

Is Jair Bolsonaro another Rodrigo Duterte? It's more complicated than you think

The Bridge

As Brazilians prepare for a Bolsonaro presidency, they’d do well to look at the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte’s two and a half years in office.

2 November 2018

Lynch mobs in India, fake news in Brazil — when disinformation goes viral, should Facebook take action?

Advox

Facebook may still not know its power when it comes to disinformation.

13 October 2018

Will fake news carry Brazil's favored far-right candidate to victory?

Advox

Facebook and WhatsApp have seen a flurry of false and misleading posts promoting Jair Bolsonaro, who is likely to be Brazil's next president.

9 April 2018

By Attempting to Curb Disinformation on Slain Politician Marielle Franco, a Brazilian Judge Hands Facebook Censorship Powers

Advox

The order could set a dangerous precedent for freedom of speech online in the country.

28 February 2018

São Paulo City Hall's Official Facebook Page Is Blocking Users Who Criticise the Mayor

Advox

The revelations cast light on the uncharted legal territory of how official digital accounts of public institutions are administrated when they are hosted by private platforms, such as Facebook.

9 February 2018

Brazil's Largest Newspaper Quits Facebook, Accuses it of Harboring ‘Fake News’

Advox

Folha's editor accused Facebook of "...banning professional journalism from its pages in favour of personal content and opening space for ‘fake news’ to proliferate."

30 December 2017

Brazil Introduces Tougher Regulations on ‘Fake News’ Ahead of 2018 Elections

Advox

A committee with members of the army, the federal police, and the Brazilian Intelligence Agency will monitor and possibly order the blocking of false news reports on social media.

28 April 2017

The Last Time This Many People Went on Strike in Brazil It Was 1996

Protesters are taking a stand against a series of austerity reforms hastily pushed by Brazilian President Temer, who enjoys a substantial legislative majority and support from businesses, despite sinking popularity.

31 March 2017

A Canadian Company Is Set to Construct Brazil's Largest Open-Pit Gold Mine—in the Heart of the Amazon

The Volta Grande Gold Project will extract 600 tons of gold over the course of 12 years. But activists and indigenous groups oppose the plan.

18 March 2017

Brazilian Facebook User Prosecuted for Posting a Joke About a Politician

Advox

The administrator was prosecuted not for defamation, but rather for violating Brazil's anonymity laws.

3 February 2017

Marvel Meets Orishas: A Brazilian Artist Is Turning African Gods Into Superheroes

"For someone born and raised in Bahia, the African influence on our culture goes beyond the religious. It affects our habits, our speech, our food. It's part of our identity."

22 January 2017

Conspiracy Theories in Brazil Spread After Plane Crash Kills Supreme Court Justice Working Explosive Case

Despite a lack of evidence suggesting any foul play, many Brazilians — particularly people on the political fringes — have promoted elaborate and largely unsubstantiated theories about Zavacksi's untimely death.

15 December 2016

When You’re Black and Foreign in Brazil: An African Medical Student Shares His Story

In 2016, while still halfway through his undergraduate degree in medicine at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Fleury Johnson decided to start blogging about his life in Brazil.

27 November 2016

One Year on, Belo Monte Dam Is a Nightmare for Indigenous Peoples in Brazil

"It's impossible to live in the Xingu River today. I don't stand a chance. People use to live well. Now they survive," one local woman said.

23 November 2016

Brazilian Activists Outsmart Facebook's Censorship of the Female Nipple

Advox

"What are the real differences between one portrait and another? What is offensive in one nipple that isn't in the other?"

21 November 2016

Brazil Superior Court Rules in Google's Favor, Against ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

Advox

The court ruled that forcing search engines to adjudicate removal requests would give too much responsibility to search engines, effectively making them into digital censors.

4 October 2016

São Paulo's New Mayor and Donald Trump Sure Have a Lot in Common

"Wonders of political marketing...a businessman that made a career of exploiting relationships with the state was transformed into an activist of the efficiency of the private sector."

4 September 2016

Protests Erupt in Brazil as Rousseff's Impeachment Is Confirmed

Protesters are mobilizing against what they see as a maneuver by a corruption-marred congress to remove a democratically elected president, and to push neoliberal reforms.

26 August 2016

Brazil’s Highest Mountain Is Reopening for Ecotourism Guided by the Yanomami People

Closed off to tourists since 2003, the trail to Brazil's highest mountain is set to reopen in 2018, managed by the indigenous peoples themselves.

10 August 2016

Racism Almost Made Brazil’s First 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Quit Judo

"They said judo wasn't for me, that was a embarrassment for my family. Now I'm an Olympic champion in my own home".

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