Research evaluates future relationship between the Internet and elections in Brazil
Law
09 August 2017

Research evaluates future relationship between the Internet and elections in Brazil

The goal is to gather representatives from the judiciary branch and academia to discuss the next steps of electoral law in light of the new challenges posed by technological advances and the political crisis.

Starting at 1:30 p.m. this Friday, 11th, the Law and Innovation Research Group (GEPI) of FGV’s Sao Paulo Law School (Direito SP) will host a debate on future relationship between the Internet and elections during the conclusion event of the study titled “Electoral Justice and Digital Content in the 2014 Elections”. The event will be held at Direito SP’s auditorium.

According to Diogo Rais, GEPI researcher, the goal is to gather representatives from the judiciary branch and academia to discuss the next steps of electoral law in light of the new challenges posed by technological advances and the political crisis.

“We must consider these impacts on the relationship between citizenship and elections, the viability of candidates, parties and coalitions, and, evidently, on a political reform to safeguard the Rule of Law,” said the researcher.

The research titled “Electoral Justice and Digital Content in the 2014 Elections” reviewed 484 motions for the removal of digital content; application of fines; removal motions combined with motions for fines, and the right of reply regarding the publication of digital content.

Each case was analyzed considering a range of variables, grouped based on thematic relevance. Such variables addressed basic process data, injunctions, rulings (first instance ruling), court sentence (second instance ruling), subsequent appeals, final sentences and dates.

Among the main results, the study concluded that electoral courts granted most of the motions filed, regardless of whether they were injunctions, first instance rulings or court sentences.

The courts granted 66% of motions among injunctions, 62% among first-instance rulings – against 38% of motions denied –, and 58% among court sentences (including appeal sentences), against 42% of motions denied. The main study data is available, in Portuguese, on the website.

Go to the website for more information, in Portuguese, and to register.