Brazil Internet use for accountability, transparency and civic engagement What is civil society doing? Manuella Maia Ribeiro May 7, 2010
Brazil's 1988 constitution
Scandals and Civil Society - “Impeachment”, “Ficha Limpa”, “Mensalão” and “Cartões Corporativos” (Corporative Cards);
Lack of credibility of the Brazilian Government
ICT Experiences – government and civil society
Culture of passive engagement
Limited civic participation outside of the election cycle
Difficulty in understanding the technical jargon used by governments
Lack of access to government data
1) Adote um Vereador – “Adopt a politician”
Encourages Brazilian citizens to blog about the work of their local elected officials in order to hold them accountable
2) Cidade Democrática – “Democratic City”
Software platform that enables Brazilians to document and discuss municipal problems and solutions.
3) Congresso Aberto – “Open Congress”
Site that tracks, visualizes and analyzes official data from Brazil's Congress.
4) VotenaWeb – “Vote on the web”
Citizens can compare their vote on congressional bills with the politicians'.
Conclusions and next steps for progress in Brazil
Freedom of Information Law in Brazil
Increasing the number of participants
Attracting more technologists to help improve the functionality of their websites.