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Democracy after the Internet - Brazil between Facts, Norms, and Code


Part of the Law, Governance and Technology Series book series (LGTS, volume 27)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Samantha S. Moura Ribeiro
    Pages 1-9
  3. Internet, Democracy, and Brazil

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Samantha S. Moura Ribeiro
      Pages 13-31
    3. Samantha S. Moura Ribeiro
      Pages 33-61
    4. Samantha S. Moura Ribeiro
      Pages 63-95
  4. The Virtualized Constitutional Democracy in Brazil

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Samantha S. Moura Ribeiro
      Pages 99-106
    3. Samantha S. Moura Ribeiro
      Pages 107-115
    4. Samantha S. Moura Ribeiro
      Pages 151-158
    5. Samantha S. Moura Ribeiro
      Pages 159-179
    6. Samantha S. Moura Ribeiro
      Pages 181-213
    7. Samantha S. Moura Ribeiro
      Pages 215-223

About this book


This book throws new light on the way in which the Internet impacts on democracy. Based on Jürgen Habermas’ discourse-theoretical reconstruction of democracy, it examines one of the world’s largest, most diverse but also most unequal democracies, Brazil, in terms of the broad social and legal effects the internet has had. Focusing on the Brazilian constitutional evolution, the book examines how the Internet might impact on the legitimacy of a democratic order and if, and how, it might yield opportunities for democratic empowerment. The book also assesses the ways in which law, as an institution and a system, reacts to the changes and challenges brought about by the Internet: the ways in which law may retain its strength as an integrative force, avoiding a ‘virtual’ legitimacy crisis.


Democracy and Internet Empowerment and Legitimacy Discourse theory Brazilian Internet Bill of Rights Contextualizing the Internet Democratic Deficit Private and public autonomy Virtualized Constitutional Democracy Online Empowerment Internet Regulation Public Debate Adapting online interactions Recognition and Citizenship LAN houses and the legal barriers

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LawPontifical Catholic UniversityRio de JaneiroBrazil

About the authors

Dr. Samantha S. Moura Ribeiro is an Assistant Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), and a member of the Centre for Constitutional Studies NEC/PUC-Rio. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.Res from the European University Institute (EUI), Florence. She also holds a Master degree in State Theory and Constitutional Law, from PUC-Rio. She is a socio-legal scholar whose main research focuses on the guarantee of fundamental rights online, with a particular interest in discursive empowerment and legitimacy.

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