Brazil’s new, ultra-right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro dominated the game rules of the Internet: He uses the stream of the citizens, his propaganda against women, Blacks, homosexuals, and Left in social networks, viral, and critical journalists he blocked on Twitter. Also, thanks to its digital campaign, it has managed the former outsiders to the presidency.

Since he took office at the beginning of January Jair Bolsonaro South America’s largest country is radically changed. But what does this mean for the digital policy?

Concrete strategies are not presented by the government, however, there is first evidence. Bolsonaro advocate of digital freedom of expression – especially to the benefit of the Right. “President Bolsonaro has platforms, criticized that rights Accounts have been removed with the Argument that they violate the terms and conditions of use,” says the Brazilian Jurist and digital expert Ronaldo Lemos, Director of the Institute for technology and society (ITS).

Hetz-campaign against critics

Bolsonaro have been on the side of these activists, and complained that the pages may not have been removed: “His strategy is, for a maximum freedom of expression to join in the trust that his supporters win the public debate on the policy of the President in social networks and on other platforms, such as in the election campaign,” said Lemos.

critics of the President will be vilified by Bolsonaro and his supporters in social networks. Supporters have called to report left-wing teachers, or to the movies with the phone, if you criticize Bolsonaro. Disinformation campaigns, especially on WhatsApp, already played in the election campaign, a big role.

Tai Nalon, co-founder of the Factchecking Initiative “Aos Fatos” observed “the institutionalization of misinformation campaigns”. Social networks would be used for political pronouncements, as well as attacks on institutions such as media or journalists. As US President Donald Trump Bolsonaro announces regularly via Twitter his plans – and the reasons for it in part with from the context of broken or incorrect data.

“Bolsonaro attacks, for example social benefits for the families of detainees, in order to show that he wants to relieve the burden on the public coffers,” said Nalon. “Financially, this Item for the state but hardly any weight.” Strategies against Hatespeech and misinformation as well as greater regulation of social networks are likely to play in Bolsonaros term of office, a subordinate role.


The security-political orientation of the new government could afford, however, the Expansion of the Surveillance feed. Bolsonaro, even Ex-paratrooper, a captain in the Reserve, and supporters of the Brazilian military dictatorship, has occupied all the key posts with the military.

“There is a clear indication that the public security for the new government is a Central priority, and that technology and digital Tools for the information retrieval to be used in the fight against crime,” says digital expert Ronaldo Lemos. The existing talk shows that the secret strengthened services and their powers extended to the Departure. “However, there is so far no indication of which technologies are used,” says Lemos.

was Already developed as a corollary to the football world Cup in 2014 and the 2016 Olympic Games, the Monitoring of the previous governments. More and more cameras or drones have been used in the public space. Security forces gathered in a database, information about protest participants and peered out left-wing activists in social networks, and even on Tinder.

Quick Internet for remote areas

Not all the plans are so controversial. The new Minister for science and technology, Marcos Cesar Pontes, Brazil’s only Astronaut and a Lieutenant Colonel, Brazilian air force, laid out in his inaugural speech, the focus on technical progress. “Pontes has mentioned, for example, that he will support scientists and researchers, the Import of scientific equipment, components and raw materials to facilitate and control is to reduce, in Brazil are often high,” said digital expert Lemos.

The expansion of broadband is to be addressed, even in remote areas. “In the past, his positions reflect some of the key demands of the Brazilian science,” says Lemos.

The new government of Brazil with the bears in 2018, adopted a General data protection law (Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados Pessoais), which regulates the handling of public institutions and private companies with data of Brazilians in the past. In addition, the Plan was, as planned, a government Agency for data protection set up, formally of the Bolsonaro-Administration – how they look, and occupied to be adopted, and whether or not you are guaranteed to have actually an independent inspection, you must show up.

Laura Tresca, Director of the Brazilian NGO Artigo 19, according to the conflicts between the security policy and data protection, however, enter the – how about by the end of December, in the transition phase to Bolsonaro-government, adopted decree-9637, which relates to guidelines for the National information security.

“The decree brings contradictions with the General data protection law in Brazil, in force, and creates opportunities Monitoring in the country to expand,” says Tresca. “It is essential that civil society changes observed very closely now.”

Sam Yoon has many years of experiences in journalism. He has covered such areas as information technology, science, sports and politics. Yoon can be reached at 82-2-6956-6698.