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  1. 1. Brazil Internet use for accountability, transparency and civic engagement What is civil society doing? Manuella Maia Ribeiro May 7, 2010
  2. 2. <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Brazil's 1988 constitution </li></ul><ul><li>Scandals and Civil Society - “Impeachment”, “Ficha Limpa”, “Mensalão” and “Cartões Corporativos” (Corporative Cards); </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of credibility of the Brazilian Government </li></ul><ul><li>ICT Experiences – government and civil society </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Brazilian Problems </li></ul><ul><li>Culture of passive engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Limited civic participation outside of the election cycle </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulty in understanding the technical jargon used by governments </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of access to government data </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Case Studies </li></ul><ul><li>1) Adote um Vereador – “Adopt a politician” </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages Brazilian citizens to blog about the work of their local elected officials in order to hold them accountable </li></ul><ul><li>2) Cidade Democrática – “Democratic City” </li></ul><ul><li>Software platform that enables Brazilians to document and discuss municipal problems and solutions. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Case Studies </li></ul><ul><li>3) Congresso Aberto – “Open Congress” </li></ul><ul><li>Site that tracks, visualizes and analyzes official data from Brazil's Congress. </li></ul><ul><li>4) VotenaWeb – “Vote on the web” </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens can compare their vote on congressional bills with the politicians'. </li></ul>
  6. 6. 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, 43things, Everyblock And others Open Congress Vote Watch _
  7. 7. <ul><li>Conclusions and next steps for progress in Brazil </li></ul><ul><li>Recent experiences; </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom of Information Law in Brazil </li></ul><ul><li>Financing </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing the number of participants </li></ul><ul><li>Attracting more technologists to help improve the functionality of their websites. </li></ul><ul><li>Culture problem </li></ul>
  8. 8. Thanks! Muchas Gracias! Obrigado! Manuella Maia Ribeiro [email_address]