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Brazil Takes Leading Role in Internet Governance

Brazil is among the first countries to pass a digital bill of rights. Legislators in the nation’s senate unanimously passed the Marco Civil, which protects companies including Google and Facebook from liability for content on their sites as well as ensures net neutrality and freedom of expression for users, this week. The move comes as the United States ends its oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned of Names and Numbers (ICANN), the non-profit responsible for the assignment of Internet domain names or addresses, within the next 18 months. It also coincides with the two-day Net Mundial conference in Sao Paulo, which started 23 April 2014, and includes discussions on cybersecurity, privacy, and Internet freedoms. Although representatives of many governments are attending, the Brazilian organizers insist each will have an equal footing with other participants, which include Internet companies, academics, technical experts, and other groups. No binding policy decisions will be made during the event, but it will launch discussions regarding Internet governance. It is reportedly the first international meeting on the Internet since the US National Security Agency was accused of illegally surveilling world leaders including Germany’s Angela Merkel and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. (Reuters – 1)(Reuters – 2)(Businessweek)

Brazil Plans to Augment World Cup Security with Robots

Brazilian law enforcement will get high-tech assistance during the 2014 World Cup soccer games from 30 robots. The national government purchased the machines for $7.2 million. They will be stationed in the 12 host cities during the soccer matches and will primarily be used to help examine any suspicious objects. The small and sturdy robot, which weighs roughly 40 pounds, is designed to fit in a backpack such that a human can deploy it immediately. It is able to reach speeds of up to 9 miles/hour and can navigate uneven and steep terrain, but it is also submersible at depths of up to 2 meters. The PackBot robot is made by Bedford, Massachusetts-based iRobot. It was first deployed in 2002 in Afghanistan and has since been used by the military in Iraq and several other countries. The PackBot was also the first remote controlled robot to enter the Fukushima nuclear facility after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. (SlashDot)(International Business Times UK)(Robohub) 

Brazilian Government Provides Tax Incentives for Innovation

The Brazilian government is supporting the growth of its information technology and telecommunications sectors by providing tax incentives designed to foster global competitiveness. Officials also recently announced $250 million in funding through 2015 designed to support these sectors via youth training, software certification programs, and the encouragement of government agencies to purchase software from domestic firms. The country is currently the world’s fifth largest market for information technology and communications, according to experts. Brazilian officials aim to propel their nation into third place by 2022. (PhysOrg)(Forbes)(Financial Times)

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