CyberBRICS

CyberBRICS at IGF 2021

The 16th annual IGF meeting will be hosted by the Government of Poland in Katowice from 6-10 December, under the overarching theme: Internet United. The IGF 2021 hybrid process, develops around the issue areas and features a preparatory and engagement phase which includes build-up sessions on the IGF 2021’s issue areas, development of the intersessional work as well as a series of capacity development … Read more

Webinar (in portuguese): Segurança Cibernética e a Cooperação internacional do brasil

 A inclusão digital segura é um grande desafio para todos os países, especialmente na recuperação do pós-covid 19. O Brasil vem atuando em diversos fóruns internacionais que visam a cooperação e o compartilhamento de regulamentações e práticas nacionais. O evento pretende reunir especialistas e autoridades governamentais para discutir alguns dos aspectos especialmente relacionados à segurança … Read more

China’s new platform guidelines

Translation By Ian Brown (CyberBRICS Visiting Professor) and Douwe Korff Just-published draft guidelines for consultation from China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), translated by Microsoft. Guide to classification and grading of Internet platforms (Draft for comments) First, the purpose of the guide In order to better promote the healthy development of China’s platform economic norms, protect … Read more

Data architectures in the BRICS countries

November 05, 20216:00 PM—7:30 PM IST (UTC+05:30)Zoom Webinar At the 13th BRICS Summit hosted by India in September 2021, the five BRICS members—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—reiterated their commitment to prioritize the effective and efficient use of technology and data for development. They agreed to encourage further cooperation on these fronts, including by … Read more

PrivacyNama 2021: CyberBRICS Panel on “Impact of privacy legislation on the openness of the Internet”

We are getting ready for the first edition of MediaNama’s flagship conference, PrivacyNama 2021. Split over two days, October 6 and 7, we have a stellar lineup of International and Indian speakers, including Data Protection Commissioners and Chief Privacy Officers.  We’ll focus on the following key themes related to privacy and global data governance issues: Privacy … Read more

The Role of Think Tanks in the Digital Era: The CyberBRICS Example

Below the transcripts of Prof Luca Belli’s intervention at the International High-level Think Tank Forum of the World Internet Conference, Wuzhen Summit. Good morning to all participants and organisers and many thanksfor having invited me to be a speaker at this important session of the World Internet Conference 2021. It is a great honour for … Read more

Cybersecurity Convergence in the BRICS Countries

By Luca Belli The thirteenth BRICS Summit took place on 9 September 2021 and cybersecurity featured prominently amongst the priorities identified by BRICS leaders.  The BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – are explicitly advocating for enhanced cooperation on cybersecurity issues, both at the international and intra-BRICS level. The facility with which cooperation … Read more

WIC Wuzhen Summit: High-Level Think Tank Forum

The 2021 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit is scheduled to take place from 26 to 28, September 2021 in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province. Themed as “Towards a New Era of Digital Civilization – Building a Community with a Shared Future in Cyberspace,” the Wuzhen Summit will be held both online and offline this year. The International High-level … Read more

The Way the Cookie Crumbles: The Future of Cookie Regulation in India

By Sohini Banerjee and KS Roshan Menon Despite their innocuous associations, internet cookies symbolise the power imbalance inherent on the internet. Moreover, they throw up significant privacy concerns that lie at the heart of our digital economy. Recently, European privacy group None of Your Business (‘NOYB’) developed a system to identify websites with unsatisfactory use … Read more

At the intersection of AI and data protection law: automated decision-making rules, a global perspective (CPDP latAm Panel)

By Katerina Demetzou On Thursday, 15th of July 2021, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) organised during the CPDP LatAm Conference a panel titled ‘At the Intersection of AI and Data Protection law: Automated Decision Making Rules, a Global Perspective’. The aim of the Panel was to explore how existing data protection laws around the world apply to profiling … Read more

Pegasus: O cavalo de Tróia da segurança cibernética

Programas como este também são conhecidos como malware – instalam-se no dispositivo do alvo e conseguem monitorar atividades ou promover alterações no funcionamento, muitas vezes sem deixar vestígio. By Yasmin Curzi de Mendonça, Julia Iunes Monteiro, Walter Britto Gaspar e Kaline Santos Desenvolvido pela empresa israelense de cibersegurança NSO Group, o spyware “Pegasus” tem sido … Read more

SA’s ICT sector urgently needs a backbone

By Charley Lewis Payoffs from huge investment required may be slow in coming, but the benefits are undoubtedly worth it The ICT sector is not an overall employment creator on its own, barring a few niche areas. Rather, it acts to displace jobs, shifting the profile of employment away from low-skilled, information-sparse jobs that are … Read more

BRICS Data Protection and Digital Sovereignty Roundtable

The BRICS Data Protection and Digital Sovereignty Conference will take place on 15 July 2021, at 15h/3PM (BRT). The Summit will take place entirely online, during CPDP LatAm which is the Latin-American edition of the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) conference. Check the full program here. This session will discuss some of the studies submitted to the CyberBRICS call for … Read more

“Políticas Digitais no Brasil: Acesso à Internet, Proteção de Dados e Regulação” EBook

Organizado por Luca Belli e Bruno Ramos Este volume é o resultado de uma parceria entre a Escola de Direito da Fundação Getulio Vargas do Rio de Janeiro (FGV DIREITO RIO) e a União Internacional das Telecomunicações (UIT). As reflexões incluídas neste livro foram desenvolvidas por servidores públicos, que participaram do Curso de Políticas Digitais, … Read more

Accountability and Transparency in practice: necessary improvements to the 2630/2020 Bill

By Yasmin Curzi de Mendonça, Clara Leitão e Almeida, Henrique Torres, Leandro Rabelo e Raphael Santana Following international trends in digital platform regulation ­– especially in online content moderation – legislative proposals have emerged in Brazil seeking to increase platforms’ accountability and guarantee more rights for the users. The Bill No. 2,630/2020, Platform Accountability and … Read more

The current state of the Draft Bill to counter Fake News in Brazil

By Julia Iunes and Natália Macedo The current state of the Draft Bill to implement the “Law on Liberty, Responsibility and Transparency for the Internet” in Brazil: It is essential to improve the procedural duties of digital platforms, while respecting the liability regime adopted by the Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for the Internet (Marco Civil … Read more

Legal Intersections between the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPIA) and the Cyber Crimes Act 19 of 2020

By Sizwe Snail The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) describes new ways in which we introduce and use technology into our societies (e.g. the use of cyber systems, artificial intelligence (AI) and nanotechnology). The increased internet activity on social networks, e-governance and commercial services, and the Internet of Things (IOT) has amplified the vulnerability of both … Read more

Second EU-Brazil Conference on Digital Economy and Innovation

At the time of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, the “Second EU-Brazil Conference on Digital Economy and Innovation: Connectivity and New Digital Infrastructures” aims at identifying areas for stakeholder cooperation between the EU and Brazil, regarding digital trade and emerging technologies. Participants will explore key issues such as new digital infrastructures, 5G, the Internet of Things and its applications, … Read more

Cyber resilience in Indian Financial Services is the Need of the Hour

By Sohini Banerjee and K.S. Roshan Menon Abstract The World Economic Forum’s 2021 report on global risks featured cyber threats as among the most significant risks to society and the economy. At the outset, it is worth noting two key factors at play. First, the financial services sector has been a prime target for threat … Read more

Innovation entanglement at three South African tech hubs

By Lucienne Abrahams Abstract This study explores innovation modalities at three South African tech hubs: Bandwidth Barn Khayelitsha and Workshop 17 in Cape Town, and the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Johannesburg. The study finds that tech start-ups’ ability to scale is generally enhanced by their participation in the hubs. Furthermore, it is found that … Read more

Digital Transformation and Cybersecurity in the BRICS Countries

May 14th | 10h – 12h (BRT) This upcoming webinar will bring together guest speakers and CyberBRICS scholars and fellows to debate the most recent developments in Digital Transformation and Cybersecurity in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries. If you’d like to check out past CyberBRICS webinars, take a look at our YouTube channel. The … Read more

Eduardo Mattos

CyberBRICS Assistant Researcher. Graduate student in International Relations at UFRJ. Researcher at Laboratório de Estudos de Mídia e Relações Internacionais, focusing on the intersections between culture, media, and IR. Former exchange student at the Universidad de Santiago de Chile (2020) through the ESCALA Exchange Programme of the Asociación de Universidades Grupo Montevideo. Former participant of the extension project “CCS em Faces” at the Centro de Ciências da Saúde/UFRJ. 

The right to be forgotten is not compatible with the Brazilian Constitution. Or is it?

By Luca Belli The Brazilian Supreme Federal Court, or “STF” in its Brazilian acronym, recently took a landmark decision concerning the right to be forgotten (RTBF), finding that it is incompatible with the Brazilian Constitution. This attracted international attention to Brazil for a topic quite distant than the sadly frequent environmental, health, and political crises. … Read more

Russia: New Law requires express consent for making personal data available to the public and for any subsequent dissemination

By Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna and Regina Iminova Amendments to the Russian general data protection law (Federal Law No. 152-FZ on Personal Data) adopted at the end of 2020 enter into force today (Monday, March 1st), with some of them having the effective date postponed until July 1st. The changes are part of a legislative package that is … Read more

The Digital State Conference / Conférence L’État Digital

Digital State Conference | Conférénce L'État Digital

Conférence en ligne organisée par le Centre de droit public comparé de l’Université Paris 2 et le Centre de Technologie et Société de l’École de Droit de la Fondation Getulio Vargas * Interventions données en anglais [times are in GMT+1] Lundi 22 mars 13h00 | Ouverture: Sérgio Guerra, Doyen de l’École de Droit de Fondation Getulio … Read more

First EU-Brazil Conference on Digital Economy and Innovation

Watch the full event recording: At the time of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, the webinar aims at identifying areas for cooperation between the EU and Brazil, regarding digital trade and emerging technologies. Participants will explore key issues such as new digital infrastructures, 5G, cybersecurity, personal data protection, data-driven technologies, the … Read more

Cybersecurity and Digital Sovereignty in the BRICS Countries Webinar

This webinar explored some key features of the Cybersecurity frameworks of the BRICS countries, their visions of digital sovereignty and the role of the BRICS grouping in fostering an alternative way of tackling such issues. The webinar also were the occasion to launch the book “CyberBRICS: Cybersecurity Regulations in the BRICS Countries” (Springer-Nature, 2021), which … Read more

Notes From a Foreign Field: The European Court of Human Rights on Russia’s Website Blocking

By Gurshabad Grover and Anna Liz Thomas From PUBG to TikTok, online services are regularly blocked in India under an opaque censorship regime flowing from section 69A of the Information Technology (IT) Act. Russia happens to have a very similar online content blocking regime, parts and processes of which were recently challenged in the European … Read more

WhatsApp’s New Rules: Time to Recognize the Real Cost of “Free” Apps

By Luca Belli and Nicolo Zingales Recently, WhatsApp pushed an in-app notification requesting users to accept its new privacy policy by February 8, 2021. Before publicly changing its position and postponing the deadline to May 15 in reaction to public backlash, the company announced that anyone who did not accept the new rules would have … Read more

The largest personal data leakage in Brazilian history

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Why the rest of the world should be worried, and think hard about how to create a data protection culture. By Luca Belli In Brazil, like in most all low-income countries with relevant population, enormous personal databases are created with little or very poor attention paid to cybersecurity and data protection concerns. On 20 January, the largest … Read more

A conversation on AI activism

By Smriti Parsheera and Sarayu Natarajan In the latest edition of the ACM Interactions Magazine, CyberBRICS Fellow Smriti Parsheera and Sarayu Natarajan, Founder of Aapti Institute, bring up some conceptual and practical concerns for AI activism, particularly from an Indian perspective. They reason that despite its ‘artificial’ nature, AI happens to be a deeply human subject with humans … Read more

Municipal Data Governance: An Analysis of Brazilian and European Practices

By Luca Belli, Danilo Doneda Abstract* Over the last decade, the “Smart City” formula has become a true marketing mantra, gaining momentum not only in the business environment, but also in academic circles and among policymakers. The formula is utilised to describe cities that, on the one hand, are increasingly penetrated and ubiquitously monitored by information and … Read more

Concepts of the digital society: Cybersecurity

By Michael Veale and Ian Brown Abstract Cybersecurity covers the broad range of technical and social issues that must be considered to protect networked information systems. The importance of the concept has increased as so many government, business, and day-to-day activities globally have moved online. It has been increasingly referred to in both academic and mainstream publications … Read more

BRICS Digital Policies: Digital Governance Webinar

The BRICS Digital Policies Update brings together CyberBRICS scholars and fellows to debate the most recent updates on Digital Policies in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries.This third edition of the update will revolve around digital governance following three recent and important events – the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, the … Read more

Resumo do CyberBRICS no Internet Governance Forum 2020

A 15ª edição do Encontro Anual do Internet Governance Forum, organizado pela ONU, teve seu início na última semana. Por conta da pandemia de COVID-19, o evento está ocorrendo de forma totalmente on-line, desenvolvendo-se em torno de quatro nichos principais: dados, meio ambiente, inclusão e confiança. Os pré-eventos do IGF 2020, incluindo sessões para iniciantes, … Read more

Internet Governance Forum Summary 2020

In early November, the 15th edition of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF), took place entirely online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The IGF agenda was structured  around four main themes: data, environment, inclusion and trust. The CyberBRICS team members participated to the development of two outcome documents of the IGF 2020 and spoke … Read more

Data Protection in the BRICS Countries: Enhanced Cooperation and Convergence towards Legal Interoperability

By Luca Belli This paper stems from the research elaborated by CyberBRICS project, which is the first attempt to produce comparative analyses of digital policies in the BRICS countries – namely, Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The project is hosted by Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School, Rio de Janeiro, and developed in … Read more

[Call for Papers] Digital Sovereignty in the BRICS Countries: Data, Infrastructure, and Services

Call for Papers Digital Sovereignty in the BRICS Countries: Data, Infrastructure, and Services Background on the CyberBRICS Project: The CyberBRICS project has a triple aim: to map existing regulations; to identify best practices; and develop policy suggestions in the areas of cybersecurity governance, Internet access and digitalisation of public services in the BRICS countries (Brazil, … Read more

“The Value of Internet Openness in Times of Crisis” eBook

This volume explores “The Value of Internet Openness in Times of Crisis” and is the official outcome of the Coalitions on Net Neutrality and on Community Connectivity of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum. This work stems from the consideration that the COVID-19 pandemic has harshly highlighted the fundamental importance of Internet access, and the … Read more

Report of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Report of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Published by The Presidency, Republic of South Africa Foreword We are extremely proud of the tremendous strides South Africa has made over the past twenty-five years in the post-apartheid era. We have overcome many challenges through the enduring and innovative South African spirit. Now, we are facing a global phenomenon known as the Fourth Industrial … Read more

Internet Commons Forum 2020

The Internet Commons Forum will take place during the UN Internet Governance Forum, on Wednesday, 4 November, 2020, from 16:00 to 17:40 (UTC). To participate, please register to the UN Internet Governance Forum and add the ICF to your personal calendar using the link on the top right corner of this page. The Internet Commons Forum (ICF) is jointly organised by FGV, … Read more

CyberBRICS at IGF 2020

The Fifteenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be hosted by the United Nations, under the overarching theme Internet for human resilience and solidarity. Due to the pandemic, the full event will take place online. The programme develops around the four main thematic tracks: (1) Data; (2) Environment; (3) Inclusion; (4) Trust. … Read more

“CyberBRICS: Cybersecurity Regulations in the BRICS Countries” Full eBook

CyberBRICS: Cybersecurity Regulations in the BRICS Countries

This book stems from the CyberBRICS project, which is the first initiative to develop a comparative analysis of the digital policies and regulations of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries. Given the complexity of digital policies in general and cybersecurity in particular – not to mention the specificities of BRICS countries … Read more

BRICS Digital Policies: Data Governance Update Webinar

The BRICS Digital Policies webinar is organized by the CyberBRICS project (www.cyberbrics.info). It brings together CyberBRICS Associate Scholars and Research Fellows to discuss relevant developments regarding digital policies in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries. The project analyses in particular the areas of cybersecurity, data protection, Internet access and digital infrastructures, … Read more

Anya Orlova

Anya Orlova – CyberBRICS

CyberBRICS Fellow. Anya holds a Masters degree in psychology and sociology. Her recent work has been at the intersection of academic research and volunteering in various digital activism and advocacy projects, with a focus on community connectivity. She joined the Brazilian Association of Digital Radio (ABRADIG) as an associate in 2017, and started working as its communications manager in 2018. Previously, Anna collaborated with the Amazon Digital HF Radio Network/Fonias Jurua academic research project at UNESP University, Brazil, as an external researcher and project coordinator.

“COVID-19 Global Insights” e-book

covid global insights ebook

Disponibilizamos o e-book “COVID-19 Global Insights” completo para download. O livro tem como coordenador Claudio Lucena (CyberBRICS Associated Scholar) e conta com 28 capítulos divididos em duas partes: a primeira fala sobre as políticas digitais e coronavírus em um espectro global; a segunda, foca nas questões de privacidade e proteção de dados no Brasil durante … Read more

South African use of technology during COVID-19

By Varsha Sewlal Introduction The scale of the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need to act expediently to contain the spread of the virus. Most governments have resorted to utilising technology driven solutions such as location tools on android and smart phones, cell phone tower signals, global position systems, Wi-Fi signals and Bluetooth technology. Contact … Read more

The technical components of interoperability as a tool for competition regulation

By Ian Brown Abstract The first paper in this series, Interoperability as a tool for competition regulation, focused on policy issues. This second paper looks at the technical details and requirements of interoperability in practice. The third paper will analyse the impact of interoperability on phenomena such as disinformation and privacy (preliminarily covered in the … Read more

United Nations Internet Governance Forum Webinar

IGF intersessional work now and in the future: Best Practice Forums and Dynamic Coalitions. On September 23, at 12:00 (Universal Time UTC), will happen the United Nations Internet Governance Forum Webinar. Our Director Professor Luca Belli will join the debate on “IGF Strategy and strengthening in 2020”. You’re invited to join the Zoom meeting:  https://intgovforum.zoom.us/j/99179888913 … Read more

Data sovereignty, of whom? Limits and suitability of sovereignty frameworks for data in India

By Anya Kovacs Abstract: Sovereignty is seeing renewed relevance in the age of data in India as it has become the framework of choice in a number of data governance proposals by the Indian government. To understand the scope, import and consequences of these reassertions of sovereignty, however, it is important to unpack the nature … Read more

Cybersecurity Perspectives in the Current and the Post-Pandemic Context Webinar

On August 25, the Cyber​​Security Perspectives in the Current and in the Post-Pandemic Context Webinar took place, organized by IPEA (Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada, in portuguese). The event was attended by Luca Belli (CyberBRICS Coordinator). The material used in the presentation will be available at the end of this publication. Check the complete schedule:August … Read more

Webinar Perspectivas da Segurança Cibernética no Contexto Atual e na Pós-pandemia

No dia 25 de agosto, ocorreu o Webinar Perspectivas da Segurança Cibernética no Contexto Atual e na Pós-pandemia, organizado pelo IPEA (Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada). O evento contou com a participação de Luca Belli (Coordenador CyberBRICS). O material utilizado na apresentação estará disponibilizado ao final dessa publicação. Confira a programação completa: 25/08, 15h às … Read more

BRICS Digital Policies Webinar

On September 10th at 10AM (GMT-3 / Rio Time), the first BRICS Digital Policies Webinar will take place on-line. The main topics discussed by participants include cybersecurity, fake news, digital yuan, LGPD (Brazilian General Data Protection Regulation).The event will be attended by CyberBRICS Coordinator Luca Belli and CyberBRICS Fellows Aaron Martin, Larissa Magalhães, Senka Hadzic, … Read more

Analysis of India’s Aarogya Setu app

By Smriti Parsheera, Nikhil Narendran, Swati Muthukumar and Aparajita Lath[1] Aarogya Setu, which translates to mean ‘health bridge’, is a mobile application that was launched by the Indian government in April, 2020. The purpose of the app is to carry out self assessment of one’s health status, contact tracing and provide health related information. The … Read more

Brazilian Data Protection under Covid-19: Legal Certainty is the Main Casualty

By Luca Belli and Nicolo Zingales On 14 August 2018, Brazil adopted its new General Data Protection Law, n° 13.709/2018, better known under its Portuguese acronym “LGPD” (Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados Pessoais). Hailed as a legislative milestone for Brazil, the law was predestined to stir controversy since its approval. The very ample margin for … Read more

Interoperability as a tool for competition regulation

IInteroperability as a tool for competition regulation

By Ian Brown Abstract This briefing paper on interoperability as a pro-competition policy tool is based on a synthesis of recent comprehensive policy reviews of digital competition in major economies, and related academic literature, focusing on areas of emerging consensus while noting important disagreements. It draws particularly on the Vestager, Furman and Stigler reviews and … Read more

Seminário On-line Sobre Cooperação Internacional Contra Covid-19

No dia 21 de julho ocorreu o Seminário Webinar sobre Cooperação Internacional Contra Covid-19, que contou com as participações de Luca Belli (Diretor do CyberBRICS e Professor da da FGV Direito Rio), Sérgio Gusmão Suchodolski (Presidente do Banco de Desenvolvimento de Minas Gerais e Membro do Board do CyberBRICS), Thomas Law (Presidente da Ibrachina), Cassio … Read more

A Brief Prehistory of China’s Social Credit System

By Min Jiang University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte & CyberBRICS Visiting Professor Abstract This article situates China’s social credit system (SCS) in a historical perspective by exploring its antecedents. The historical roots of the SCS can be found in personnel archives for officials during imperial times, the Dang’an (personnel dossier) system under Communist … Read more

Remove misinformation, but be transparent, please!

By Torsha Sarkar Introduction We are living through, to put it mildly, strange times. The ongoing pandemic has pinballed into a humanitarian crisis, revealing and deepening the severe class inequalities that exist today. The crisis has been exacerbated by an ‘infodemic’, as the World Health Organization (WHO) notes: a massive abundance of information – occasionally … Read more

A Landmark Ruling in Brazil: Paving the Way for Considering Data Protection as an Autonomous Fundamental Right

By Bruno Ricardo Bioni and Renato Leite Monteiro A historic ruling of the Brazilian Supreme Court from May 07, 2020 describes the right to data protection as an autonomous right stemming from the Brazilian Constitution. By a significant majority, 10 votes to 1, the Court halted the effectiveness of the Presidential Executive Order (MP[1] 954/2020) that mandated … Read more

[BigDataSur-COVID] A pandemia e a nova ordem sociodigital no Sul Global: o caso de São Paulo

Also available in English O que acontece quando a cidade digital encontra desastres e pandemias em grande escala como o COVID-19? Este artigo analisa o caso de São Paulo, Brasil, para ilustrar como a pandemia contribui para enfatizar um amplo espectro de desigualdades. Na maior metrópole da América Latina, a população experimenta com uma forte disparidade de … Read more

[BigDataSur-COVID] The pandemic and the new socio-digital order in the Global South: the case of São Paulo

What happens when the digital city encounters large-scale disasters and pandemics like COVID-19? This article analyzes the case of São Paulo, Brazil, to illustrate how the pandemic contributes to emphasize a broad spectrum of inequalities. In the largest metropolis in Latin America, the population lives with a strong disparity of socioeconomic and cultural conditions, at … Read more

DataGovHub Webinar: What Can we Learn From Brazil and China’s Approach to Personal Data Protection?

The Digital Trade & Data Governance Hub’s fifth webinar took place on 15 May 2020 and featured Luca Belli (Ph.D.) Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he heads the CyberBRICS project and Min Jiang (Ph.D.) Associate Professor of Communication at UNC Charlotte, … Read more

Russia during COVID-19: information warfare, digital passes and digital protest

By Anna Orlova and Andrey Shcherbovich Since March 2020, Russia has been suspected of information warfare, that is, proactive state propaganda and dissemination of the so-called “fake news”, in response to the coronavirus crisis. This information war aims to diminish and downplay the current state of coronavirus pandemic in Russia. Russia and China, in particular, were … Read more

Innovative spectrum approaches for Internet Openness in South Africa

By Dr Senka Hadzic, Pablo Aguera e Dr Alison Gillwald South Africa’s failure to release high demand spectrum for over a decade has been cited by operators and analysts not only as a factor contributing to the high cost of mobile data in the country, as operators deploy 4G services in suboptimal bands, but also as a … Read more

Net neutrality in India: ensuring openness amidst the crisis

By Smriti Parsheera In the previous post we traced India’s journey down the net neutrality road, starting from the framing of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)’s discriminatory tariff regulation in 2016 to the present debate on creation of an advisory multi-stakeholder body. Our focus here is to discuss the ways in India’s net neutrality rules … Read more

Net neutrality in India: from rules to enforcement

By Smriti Parsheera Policymakers in India have acknowledged that non-discriminatory treatment of content, or, in other words, maintenance of network neutrality, constitutes an essential feature of having an open Internet. This post focuses on the development of India’s net neutrality framework, tracing the steps that have been taken so far and the questions that lie … Read more

COVID-19 Makes Internet Access and Openness an Absolute Priority

By Luca Belli The COVID-19 pandemic has harshly highlighted the fundamental importance of Internet access, and the total exclusion that the unconnected face in times of crises. For some of us, our new routine comprises of e-learning, telemedicine, online meetings, and using e-commerce and delivery apps for our essentials. This is only possible if we … Read more

How the Kerala-Sprinklr controversy represents the gaps in India’s Data Protection Framework

By Aman Nair Introduction As COVID-19 continues to be the primary problem facing the globe, there has been a scramble among policymakers to try and utilise the latest technology in any way possible so as to contain the pandemic. Contact tracing and data analysis have become the norm, with apps to that effectbeing implemented world … Read more

A Covid-19 torna o acesso à Internet um direito fundamental

Por Luca Belli Exclusão social para os desconectados e conjuntura perfeita de fake news para os parcialmente conectados. Teletrabalho em home office, aulas online, entregas por meio de aplicativos, notícias e diversões em streaming. Por causa da pandemia de Covid-19, essa se tornou nossa nova rotina. Sob a condição de se ter acesso à Internet. … Read more

Data protection frameworks emerging in the BRICS countries

By Luca Belli The members of the so-called BRICS grouping (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have realized that digital transformation is an essential element for the future of their economies and societies. In this perspective, data protection becomes a key priority to foster thriving digital environments, where individuals enjoy protections and businesses benefit from legal … Read more

‘Digital sovereignty’: can Russia cut off its Internet from the rest of the world?

By Francesca Musiani, Benjamin Loveluck, Françoise Daucé, Ksenia Ermoshina Texte intégral en française The Internet infrastructure is based on the principle of the internationalisation of equipment and data and information flows. Elements of the Internet with a geographic location in national territories need physical and information resources hosted in other territories to be able to … Read more

Exploring Multistakeholder Internet Governance: Towards the Identification of a Model Advisory Body on Internet Policy

By Luca Belli, Diego Canabarro, Judith Herzog, Richard Hill, Carlos A. Afonso, and Stefano Trumpy Introduction Over the past thirty years, the Internet has penetrated all aspects of our lives and, as connected individuals, we are now reliant on connectivity for an increasing number of aspects of our daily routine. The preservation of Internet’s essential … Read more

Migrating Servers, Elusive Users: Reconfigurations of the Russian Internet in the Post-Snowden

By Ksenia Ermoshina and Francesca Musiani (CyberBRICS Associated Scholar) Abstract In response to the growing censorship of their national Internet, Russian users, content producers and service providers have developed several resistance tactics. This paper analyzes these tactics with particular attention paid to their materiality. It first addresses the different levels of Internet “governance by infrastructure” … Read more

Content takedown and users’ rights

Content takedown and users’ rights

By Gurshabad Grover and Torsha Sarkar AST year, several Jio users from different states reported that sites like Indian Kanoon, Reddit and Telegram were inaccessible through their connections. While attempting to access the website, the users were presented with a notice that the websites were blocked on orders from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). When contacted by the … Read more

CPDP 2020: watch the session “Data Protection Regulators in the BRICS”

From the 22nd to the 24th of January, the 13th Conference on Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) took place in Brussels, Belgium. The CPDP is a non-profit platform was founded in 2007 by research groups from the Vrije University in Brussels, the University of Namur and the University of Tilburg. As a world-leading multidisciplinary … Read more

CPDP 2020: confira a sessão “Data Protection Regulators in the BRICS”

Entre os dias 22 e 24 de janeiro, ocorreu a 13ª Computers, Privacy e Data Protection conference (CPDP) em Bruxelas, na Bélgica. A CPDP é uma plataforma sem fins lucrativos fundada originalmente em 2007 por grupos de pesquisa da Universidade Vrije de Bruxelas, da Universidade de Namur e da Universidade de Tilburg. A conferência tem … Read more

Democracy Under The Influence: Paradigms of State Responsibility for Cyber Influence Operations on Elections

Democracy Under The Influence: Paradigms of State Responsibility for Cyber Influence Operations on Elections

By Barrie Sander Abstract Ever since allegations arose of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election, cyber influence operations have garnered worldwide attention. This article examines the different options available under international law for holding States responsible for cyber influence operations on elections. To this end, the article first elaborates a typology of … Read more

[POSTPONED] CPDP LatAm 2020

CPDP LatAm is the Latin-American platform to discuss privacy, data protection and technology. It includes the Latin-American edition of Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) conference, the MyData conference, and Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC). Due to the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, the 1st CPDP Latam has been postponed and will take place on June 2021 in Rio de … Read more

The beginnings of the Great Firewall of India?

By Nikhil Pahwa The unintended consequence of the Supreme Court’s order on Internet Shutdowns in Kashmir — where it put down accountability norms for Internet shutdowns, and said that some essential websites should be accessible, is that it has given rise to the creation of the Great Indian Firewall: filters that control what users can and cannot … Read more

Regulatory governance under the PDP Bill: a powerful ship with an unchecked captain?

Medianama CyberBRICS India PDP Bill

By Smriti Parsheera “I prefer to sail in a bad ship with a good captain rather than sail in a good ship with a bad captain.”— Mehmet Murat ildan If the ship here is a metaphor for the rights and obligations offered by the draft Personal Data Protection Bill (PDP Bill) and the Data Protection … Read more

CyberBRICS Session at 13th CPDP Conference

CPDP Conference 2020

Data Protection Regulations in the BRICS On 23 January, at 16:00 Brussels time, the CyberBRICS project will organize the session Data Protection Regulations in the BRICS, at the Computer Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) conference. The session will offer the occasion to release the BRICS Data Protection Map, together with pre-book-launch brochure of CyberBRICS: Mapping … Read more

Don’t believe the hype? Recent 3D printing developments for law and society

Recent 3D printing developments for law and society Angela Daly Article

By Angela Daly Introduction: This chapter is intended as a follow-up to my monograph, Socio-Legal Aspects of the 3D Printing Revolution, published in mid-2016.1 Much of the research and writing for that work had been completed by late 2015 and so I was unable to take account of certain developments subsequent to that time, which, … Read more

4IR in South Africa is too important to remain the domain of the elite

By Alison Gillwald The digital inequality paradox is arguably the biggest policy challenge for SA, and, as yet, it is not addressed through the discourse of 4IR Since Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) announcement in 2016 of the impending Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in his book of the same title, SA has … Read more

[Entrevista] Leilão do 5G precisa de mais debate, diz Luca Belli

Professor Luca Belli

Não precisa haver pressa para definir logo o edital do leilão do 5G, avalia o doutor em Direito Público Luca Belli, professor de Governança e Regulação da Internet da FGV Direito Rio. Na opinião dele, não é negativo o adiamento aprovado em reunião tensa do Conselho Diretor da Anatel na quinta-feira passada, 12. Isso porque, … Read more

Internet Governance Forum 2019 Summary

On November 25-29, the Internet Governance Forum 2019 was held in Berlin, Germany, bringing together multiple stakeholders to discuss public policies and digital rights. Professor Luca Belli, coordinator of CyberBRICS Project, Ivar Hartmann, coordinator at Centro de Tecnologia e Sociedade (CTS/FGV) and Yasmin Curzi, researcher at CTS/FGV attended several sessions, sharing their opinions and discussing the latest results of their research.  The CyberBRICS Twitter Account (@BricsCyber) was recognised as one … Read more

[Evento] Seminário Sino-Brasileiro sobre Governança na Internet

A Escola de Direito da Fundação Getúlio Vargas e o projeto CyberBRICS convidam para o seminário sino-brasileiro sobre governança na Internet, que ocorrerá na terça-feira, dia 10 de dezembro, e será organizado em parceria com a Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) e da Chinese Academy of Cyberspace Studies (CACS). No evento serão abordados temas sobre … Read more

[Event] China-Brazil Internet Governance Seminar

The Rio de Janeiro Law School of Fundação Getúlio Vargas (DIREITO RIO) and CyberBRICS Project invite to the China-Brazil Internet Governance Seminar, organized in partnership with the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) and the Chinese Academy of Cyberspace Studies (CACS). The event will take place on Tuesday, December 10th, and will discuss Internet regulation, cybersecurity … Read more

BRICS countries to build digital sovereignty

By Luca Belli Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are home to 3.2 billion people, 42% of the world’s population. In effect, these countries hold 42% of one of the most valuable resources on the planet: personal data. BRICS countries are not only increasingly aware that they are the main data producers, they also increasingly … Read more

[Evento] III Seminário do BRICS sobre Governança 2019

Na segunda-feira, dia 28/10, ocorreu no Rio de Janeiro o III Seminário do BRICS sobre Governança, com tema Innovative Governance for Economic Growth in the New Era. O evento, exclusivo para 200 convidados, foi organizado pela ACCWS (China), FGV Direito Rio e o CEM-FGV e teve como anfitriões o Ministério da Economia do Brasil/SECEX e … Read more

[Event] BRICS Think Tank International Symposium

On September 13, 2019, Professor Luca Belli participated to the 2019 BRICS Think Tank International Symposium, organized by the China Council for BRICS Think-tank Cooperation, the Center for BRICS Studies, FDDI, Fudan University and the São Paulo State University. Luca Belli discussed Personal Data Regulations in the BRICS countries, based on the early findings of … Read more

[Event] Internet Commons Forum

The Internet Governance Forum 2019 (IGF) is going to happen in Berlin, Germany, on Nov 25-29, bringing together multiple stakeholders to discuss public policies and digital rights. One of our six sessions will be about the Internet Commons Forum, which is going to happen on the Pre-Event on November 25 at 15:40. The Internet Commons … Read more

Reflecting on Chinese Artificial Intelligence and National Responsible Innovation

By Wei Wang This is a short piece relating to the modern history and current situation of China’s AI policies. It arises from the report co-authored with the colleagues having talked in the CUHK Law Global Governance of AI and Ethics workshop, 20-21 June 2019. But it is also a supplementary piece adding some comments … Read more