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Brazil - Mapping Digital Media

Brazil - Mapping Digital Media

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Digitization has had profound effects in Brazil. In journalism, information flows faster than ever, and from a greater number of sources; journalists have to adapt to an environment that demands immediate coverage of events, sometimes privileging speed over content. The internet has become the second main source of news, and the number of people reading newspapers online has nearly tripled over four years.

Brazilians are heavy users of social media and user-generated content platforms, with Facebook and YouTube being the second and fourth most accessed URLs in September 2013. Access to mobile telecommunications is widespread, and there are more SIM cards circulating in Brazil than there are Brazilians.

However, serious gaps in internet regulation topics such as net neutrality, ISP liability, privacy, and user rights still have not been addressed by legislation. In an attempt to fill these gaps, the Civil Rights Framework for the Internet (Marco Civil da Internet), a draft bill produced through a process of public online debate carried out by the Ministry of Justice, was sent to the National Congress in 2011. The text faced strong opposition from some quarters, and the bill has not yet been introduced in Congress.
Digitization has had profound effects in Brazil. In journalism, information flows faster than ever, and from a greater number of sources; journalists have to adapt to an environment that demands immediate coverage of events, sometimes privileging speed over content. The internet has become the second main source of news, and the number of people reading newspapers online has nearly tripled over four years.

Brazilians are heavy users of social media and user-generated content platforms, with Facebook and YouTube being the second and fourth most accessed URLs in September 2013. Access to mobile telecommunications is widespread, and there are more SIM cards circulating in Brazil than there are Brazilians.

However, serious gaps in internet regulation topics such as net neutrality, ISP liability, privacy, and user rights still have not been addressed by legislation. In an attempt to fill these gaps, the Civil Rights Framework for the Internet (Marco Civil da Internet), a draft bill produced through a process of public online debate carried out by the Ministry of Justice, was sent to the National Congress in 2011. The text faced strong opposition from some quarters, and the bill has not yet been introduced in Congress.

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COUNTRY REPORT 
MAPPING DIGITAL MEDIA:
BRAZIL 
 
Mapping Digital Media:Brazil
A REPORT BY THE OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS
WRITTEN BY
Pedro Mizukami, Jhessica Reia, and Joana Varon
EDITED BY
Marius Dragomir and Mark Thompson (Open Society Media Program editors)Fernando Bermejo (regional editor)
EDITORIAL COMMISSION
Yuen-Ying Chan, Christian S. Nissen, Dusˇan Reljic´, Russell Southwood, Damian TambiniThe Editorial Commission is an advisory body. Its members are not responsible for the information or assessments contained in the Mapping Digital Media texts
OPEN SOCIETY MEDIA PROGRAM TEAM
Meijinder Kaur, program assistant; Gordana Jankovic, director
OPEN SOCIETY INFORMATION PROGRAM TEAM
Vera Franz, senior program manager; Darius Cuplinskas, director
30 October 2013
 
MAPPING DIGITAL MEDIA BRAZIL2
Contents
Mapping Digital Media ..................................................................................................................... 4Executive Summary ........................................................................................................................... 6Context ............................................................................................................................................. 11Social Indicators ................................................................................................................................ 13Economic Indicators ......................................................................................................................... 151. Media Consumption: Te Digital Factor ................................................................................... 16 1.1 Digital ake-up ................................................................................................................. 16 1.2 Media Preerences ............................................................................................................. 20 1.3 News Providers ................................................................................................................. 25 1.4 Assessments ...................................................................................................................... 352. Digital Media and Public or State-administered Broadcasters .................................................... 37 2.1 Public Service and State Institutions ................................................................................. 37 2.2 Public Service Provision .................................................................................................... 43 2.3 Assessments ...................................................................................................................... 443. Digital Media and Society ......................................................................................................... 46 3.1 User-Generated Content (UGC) ...................................................................................... 46 3.2 Digital Activism ................................................................................................................ 50 3.3 Assessments ...................................................................................................................... 57

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