Talking about participation in Brazil is not an easy task. But a movement gained strength with the Covid-19 pandemic: digital participation, a context in which the emergence of democratic innovations stands out, as well as the migration of more traditional tools, such as councils, to the online format. Would online be a solution for increasing citizen participation in Brazil? My argument is that, for those who defend participation as an end, moving online can be a good strategy to insert layers excluded from participation. However, the individual perspective and sociological reduction must be employed in any investigation.
Because of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's electoral victory on 30 October, it was decreed that Brazilian domestic policy should, after having gone off course, be taken again in the opposite direction. This means as the president-elect said in his victory speech, a project for Brazil opposite to that of Jair Bolsonaro's government. Lula's presence at COP 27 was marked by important bilateral meetings and a statement in which he made clear that the domestic change in his country would also be reflected in his foreign policy. The climate agenda, which was left out during four years of Jair Bolsonaro's government, will take a central role in the new government.
The 2030 Agenda in dialogue with Science, Technology and Innovation Policies for the 21st century in Brazil
This essay analyzes the development of the Science, Technology and Innovation Policies (STIP) of the current Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations (MSTI) of the Federative Republic of Brazil from 2000 to 2021 in dialogue with the 2030 Agenda and the impact of the pandemic period of COVID-19.
Is Bolsonaro a populist? Considering the multiple approaches to populism in the literature, this article explores this persistently slippery concept in relation to the political phenomenon known as bolsonarism. It argues that a discursive-performative approach, which gives nuances to the specificities of a given populist phenomenon without generalising or pre-ascribing specific ideological characteristics to it, is useful to understanding and describing the diversity of populist manifestations and their ambiguous features.
Brazilians' love for social networks is not new. Since the times of Orkut, Brazil has been among the most assiduous on the networks, one of the first social networks in the early 2000s, counting 30 million Brazilian users. However, in 2001 Orkut lost its throne to Facebook, which soon built an empire by adding new territories to its domains, Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014.
Translated by Giovanna Imbernon. Edited and reviewed by Anna Paula Bennech. According to Dr. Tainá Reis and Prof. Dr. Vinício Carrilho Martinez, "If approved, we will have the loss of indigenous peoples’ rights, constraints on land demarcation, reversion of demarcated land, and the possibility for mining exploitation. This means more deforestation, more environmental degradation. This is a destructive policy, a death policy, a genocide policy."
Edited and Reviewed by Giovanna Imbernon and Anna Paula Bennech. "Since his campaign, Bolsonaro has shown authoritarian features, and many of them were copied and articulated by the former Trump’s strategist, Steve Bannon. Among them is the use of social networks as a monitoring tool, to control political decisions that consider the volatile circumstances of public opinion. Therefore, Bolsonaro has no clear plan for politics and uses social networks to orient his decisions, his government neutralizes the power of the Press to direct the political debate, and also uses some kind of chaos management through recurring political half-truths, underpinned by a moral traditionalism."
Edited and reviewed by Anna Paula Bennech and Giovanna Imbernon. "Research on the representation of immigrants and refugees points out patterns, but they usually overlook ethical questions. Although scholars analyze media coverage, there is a lack of models on adequately talking about the subject. How can we change those patterns? What should journalists do to tell those stories in a more pluralistic way? Here are some tips not only to journalists but to the entire audience. We all have the power to spread misinformation."