Pokémon GO and Augmented Reality
In the Great Reality Debate, battle is waged between headsets — Morpheus versus HoloLens, Vive versus Rift. Which device holds the key to our next « real » world? But what if the future of augmented and virtual reality does not rest on the success of a single piece of head-strapped hardware and instead is already in your pocket? Mathieu de Fayet, VP […]
Avant-garde, Underground and Piracy
Marcus Boon came to ITS Rio for a talk about independent articulations and cultural impact. How did the Internet enable new forms of creative and musical movements? Marcus’s speech was filled with knowledge about movements that had arisen in Brazil itself, in cities such as São Paulo, Recife, and Brasilia. It was a true lesson […]
Internet surveillance: enforcement and effects
Internet has become the most efficient way in history to analyze user habits. There is a long list of books written about this specific issue in the past five years. Still, an important question needs to be studied in greater depth: to what use are our data being collected? Stéphane Bourliataux-Lajoinie presented his views at […]
OAS Principles on privacy and personal data protection
David P. Stewart was the distinguished speaker of this event. Member of the Organization of American States (OAS), he addressed the construction of principles for privacy and protection of personal data by OAS. Brazil still does not have a general law regarding data protection of its citizens, which generates legal and personal insecurity about the […]
SMART: the internets
Everything in our age is accelerating. Digitisation is increasing globalisation tenfold; social networks have gone mobile: telephone, television and towns themselves have gone “smart”. How did China manage to create clones of Google, Facebook and YouTube, and build its own censored version of the internet? How do Arab countries use social networks for their revolutions, […]
Hacking Policy in the Digital Age
The legal and social frameworks that will guide the digital age are still being written. New laws and practices are emerging to grasp thedigital realities and possibilities. The ITS fellows will discuss collaborative law-making, how privacy in the EU moves forward propelled by data disasters and technological failures, the right to be forgotten, and how cyberwars are not wars. This interactive session will feature a mix of new concepts […]
Marginalized Communities in the Digital Age
The Internet as a tool to empower marginalized communities. We invited a group of international researchers and students for a conversation about techniques to catalyze and engage young people from global peripheries, creating bottom-up actions to bring about change in realities. This meeting was part of ITS Global Policy Fellowship 2015.
Why Information Grows?
What is economic growth? And why, historically, has it occurred in only a few places? Previous efforts to answer these questions have focused on institutions, geography, finances, and psychology. But according to MIT’s antidisciplinarian César Hidalgo, understanding the nature of economic growth demands transcending the social sciences and including the natural sciences of information, networks, […]
Participation, Democracy and Technology
Digital technologies: what is their influence for civic engagement and democratic processes? ITS Rio received Ethan Zuckerman (MIT Media Lab) and Ivan Krastev (Vienna Institute of Science) to discuss one of the hottest topics of our time. Can we have democracy without trust? Find out watching this lecture.
Privacy and surveillance | Visions from EFF and Panoptyon
ITS Rio was joined by two of the most important organizations on Internet rights protection for a conversation about distributed surveillance. The meeting aimed to share knowledge, strategies and lessons learned about surveillance. It was part of the « South America Project », through which representatives of Panoptykon and EFF collaborated with local groups in Mexico, Colombia, […]
Voices for Internet Freedom
As part of ITS Global Fellowship Program 2014, the institute presented three talks by fellows about issues concerning government, freedom and under-represented groups in the age of Internet. Amalia Delooney spoke about ways to ensure that minorities are participating in debates about the future of the web. Amar Ashar presented his views on the issue […]
Civic and inclusive technologies
How can we build better tools to engage with society in an open and democratic way? ITS Global Fellows discussed this issue in 2014, presenting different case studies. Allison Burtch introduced “Dumbsto.re: the most inclusive mobile app platform ever”. Later, Kate Krontiris explained the importance and practicality of ethnographic approaches for civic technology. Finally yet […]