Brazil Studies Program: Living on the Edge: Law, Technology and Democracy in Brazil


Thursday, April 6, 2017, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South, S-50, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Ronaldo Lemos, Tinker Visiting Professor, Columbia University; Director, Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro

Moderator:  Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

This talk will cover how Brazil has the opportunity to use technology to promote civic participation and enhance democracy. It will also explore global issues regarding technology and the law - such as Internet shutdowns - as they have been affecting Brazil.

ronaldo_lemosRonaldo Lemos is an internationally respected Brazilian scholar and commentator on technology, intellectual property, and culture. He is a director of the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio) and professor of Law & Innovation at the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ). He is currently Tinker Visiting Professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He holds law degrees from University of Sao Paulo Law School and Harvard Law and has published a number of books and journal articles. Lemos was one of the creators of the Marco Civil, a law enacted in 2014 regulating the Internet in Brazil in regards to protecting civil rights, privacy and internet neutrality. He is a member of the Council for Social Communication in the Brazilian Congress created to deal with matters related to media and freedom of expression. Lemos writes weekly for the Folha de S. Paulo national newspaper and he has also contributed to a number of other publications, including Foreign Affairs, Harper's Bazaar, and Bravo!. Dr. Lemos hosts a TV show focused on innovation aired by the GloboNews news channel and in 2015 he was listed as a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum. In 2016 he was appointed a fellow with Ashoka and serves on the board of various organizations, such as the Mozilla Foundation and Access Now.