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  • Brazil Internet use for accountability, transparency and civic engagement What is civil society doing? Manuella Maia Ribeiro May 7, 2010
    • Introduction
    • 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
    • Brazilian Problems
    • 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
    • Case Studies
    • 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.
    • Case Studies
    • 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'.
  • Case Studies Project Adote um vereador Cidade Democrática Congresso Aberto Votenaweb Access per month _ 16.000 1500 37.000 Tools Wiki Ruby on Rails R MySQL Wordpress Php Javascript (google visualization library) _ Inspiration _ GetSatisfaction Outside.in, 43things, Everyblock And others Open Congress Vote Watch _
    • Conclusions and next steps for progress in Brazil
    • Recent experiences;
    • Freedom of Information Law in Brazil
    • Financing
    • Increasing the number of participants
    • Attracting more technologists to help improve the functionality of their websites.
    • Culture problem
  • Thanks! Muchas Gracias! Obrigado! Manuella Maia Ribeiro [email_address]