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News Coverage of seminar, "National Evaluation of Governmental Transparency"
Orchestrated the seminar as Director of FGV's Program for Public Transparency
Organization of seminar available here

Estado brasileiro e transparência: Avaliando a aplicação da lei de acesso à informação"
Co-written for FGV and Open Society Foundations, 10 November, 2014.
Based on the research undertaken over a year for the Seminar,
"Avaliação Nacional de Transparência Governamental" (10 & 11 November 2014)

The Subtle Art of the Brazilian Majority
Written on commission for Foreign Policy, October 3, 2014.

Encouraging Freedom of Information Improvements in Brazil
Written for the Open Government Partnership Blog, 18 July, 2014.

Why Obliging Self-Identification is Wrong for Freedom of Information
Written for the online magazine, "Digital Rights" and available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. 2 April 2014.

How Cabinet Size and Legislative Conditions Shape the Strength of Transparency Laws
Written for the journal Governance, up on early-view since February 19th, 2014.

Brazil 2013, in Stories
Chris Gaffney and my piece, "Explaining Brazil's Vinegar Revolt" ranked
5th best piece of English news writing on Brazil in 2013
by a blog on Brazil's most widely read newspaper, Folha de São Paulo.

Identifying Transparency (academic article)
Written with Kate Bersch for the journal Information Polity (18:3), 2013.

Book Chapter, "Freedom of Information: A 'Boutique' Institution in Mexico"
Written for the book "The Right of Access to Information: A Users' Vision" (Derecho de acceso a la información. La visión de los usuarios)
Published by FUNDAR and Gedisa and Edited by Cecile Lachenal (2013).

"OpenGov Conversations: Greg Michener on Creating Effective Transparency Policies"
Piece written for the U.S.-based Sunlight Foundation.

Explaining Brazil's Vinegar Revolt
Opinion piece for Al Jazeera International, written with Dr. Chris Gaffney, 27 June, 2013.

Cumprimento da lei exige ação coordenada dos órgãos públicos
Analysis, "Enforcement of Law Requires Coordinated Action Among Public Agencies",
Commissioned by the Folha de São Paulo, 27 May, 2013.

Municípios ainda bem longe da transparência
Interviewed for article in Jornal do Comercio, 18 May, 2013.

Invitation to World Justice Forum IV
Received Friday May 10, 2013.

Can Brazil Buck the Latin American Trend?
Opinion piece published in Al Jazeera International, 10 May, 2013.

FOI and Democracy - From Brazil and Beyond in 14 Minutes
Presentation given at a symposium on freedom of information held by Columbia university at the Associação Comercial do Rio de Janeiro, 19 march, 2013.

FGV Audit of Brazil's FOI Law
Presentation given on Prospective audit of Brazilian FOI law to be carried out by FGV in 2013-14 (News release)

Lei de Acesso precisa de regulamentação em 92% dos municípios brasileiros
Interviewed for article in Contas Abertas, "FOI Law Lacks Regulation in 92% of Brazilian Municipalities", 18 March, 2013.

Nove Tribunais de Justiça resistem à divulgação de salários de magistrados
Interviewed for article in Zero Hora, "Nine Courts Resist Disclosing Salaries on the Internet", 12 March, 2013.

Brazil: Nanny Nation
Opinion piece published in Al Jazeera International, 23 February, 2013.

Análise: Alcance da legislação no país tem amplitude incomum | PDF |
Analysis on FOI Delays commissioned by the Folha de São Paulo newspaper, 22 January, 2013. English Translation

Tax Transparency in Brazil Legislation
Opinion piece published in Al Jazeera International, 25 December, 2012.

Interviewed for article, "Brazil: An end to dirty politics as usual?"
Article by Lucy Jordan, for the Global Post, 4 December, 2012.

"Horizontes geopolíticos de la transparencia: indicadores democráticos"
Presentation at Federal Electoral Tribunal (TEPJF), Mexico City, 22-23 November, 2012.

"Freedom of Information in Latin America: Windows into Government or Window Dressing?"
Video Presentation at Australian National University, Canberra, 14 November, 2012.

2nd National Information Law Conference, Solicitor General of Australia - Two Papers and Three Presentations
Canberra, Australia 14-16 November, 2012
The following papers and presentations are available for download (link above):
-Paper: "A Panorama of Freedom of Information in Latin America",
-Working Paper: "Freedom of Information and the Environment - Cases from Latin America", and
-Presentation (slides): "FOI and the Public Interest in Latin America."

Divergências nas estratégias de regulamentação do financiamento político: o caso da transparência pública
Paper co-authored with Fabiano Angélico and presented at ANPOCS (Brazilian Social Sciences) Conference, Águas de Lindóia, 21-25 October, 2012.

"Do Brazil's Internet Laws Censor the Public or Protect It?"
Question and Answer with the Latin American Advisor - Inter-American Dialogue, 16 October, 2012.

A rupture with Brazil's culture of cordiality
Editorial for Al Jazeera International, 22 September, 2012.

Brazil's Trial of the Century
Editorial for Al Jazeera International, 16 August, 2012.

Brazil's Open Government Shock Treatment
Feature Essay for Personal Democracy Plus and Tech President, 27 June, 2012.

"How Well do Freedom of Information Laws Boost Openness?"
Question and Answer with the Latin American Advisor - Inter-American Dialogue, 24 June, 2012.

Brazil's Green Ambitions
Editorial for Al Jazeera International, 19 June, 2012.

Lei de Acesso a Informação Pública [pdf]
Interviewed and featured in Zero Hora, one of Southern Brazil's principal newspapers, 5 June, 2012.

Transparência: o Brasil vai corresponder às expectativas?
Editorial written with Fabiano Angélico for Valor Econômico "Transparency: will Brazil meet expectations?", 5 June, 2012.

Especialista se diz impressionado com adesão à Lei de Acesso à Informação
Interview published in one of Southern Brazil's leading newspapers, Zero Hora, 30 May, 2012.

30 minute TV Show Rede Minas "Rede Mídia"
Television interview about Brazil's new freedom of information law on Rede Mídia, TV Minas, 23 May, 2012.

"Lei de Acesso a Informação Pública"
Interviewed for news item by Bandeirantes News (national) -- featured at approximately minute 9:01-9:35, 16 May, 2012.

"Brazil Freedom of Information Law Passed" (Huffington Post)
Interview for article by Juliana Barbosa of the Associated Press, 16 May, 2012.

"Cetisismo em Relação à Lei de Acesso no Brasil"
Entire interview published in the newspaper O Globo, 16 May, 2012.

"A Entrada em vigor da Lei de Acesso a Informação"
Television news interview for the inauguration of Brazil's access to information law, 15 May, 2012.

"Brazil's Great Opening?"
Editorial commissioned by Al Jazeera International, 23 April, 2012.

"Gastos públicos no Brasil deverão ser disponibilizadas a partir de maio"
Interviewed for article for article published in the Estado de Minas, 16 April, 2012.

Mundo Político: Lei de acesso a informação
Television interview with TV Assembleia Minas Gerais on Brazil's freedom of information law, 9 April, 2012.

"Parliamentary Power to the People: Analyzing Online and Offline Strategies in Latin America"
Report commissioned by the Open Society Institute Latin America Program and released, March, 2012.

Brazil's Freedom of Information Timeline
Presentation given to the Inter-American Dialogue, hosted by the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) in Rio de Janeiro, 17-19 December, 2011.

"Legislação é ampla, mas possui pontos insatisfatórios" (Law is broad, but possesses unsatisfactory features)pdf
Analysis on Brazil's freedom of information law, commissioned by the Folha de São Paulo, 3 December, 2011

"Recebendo pelo que Pagamos" (Getting what we pay for)
Editorial on tax transparency written with Leonardo Mancini and published in the Jornal de Comercio, 31 October, 2011

"Sem cobrança, lei de acesso à informação brasileira pode demorar a sair do papel"
Interview with Natalia Mazotte, the Knight Center for Journalism on the Americas, on adoption and implementation
of Brazil's new freedom of information law, published 27 October, 2011

"Hacia una Teoría de Establecimento de Agenda en la Reforma de la Libertad de Información: El Caso de América Latina."pdf
Article in Spanish published in the Mexican journal, Revista Tribuna Sonot: volume 3, issue 2 (October 2011-March 2012): 119-160. (first page only)

White Paper sobre os dilemas e soluções da implementação do acesso a informação pública, para Artigo XIX Brasil
White Paper for the NGO Article XIX, Brazil, on Dilemmas and Solutions Associated with Access to Information, printed September, 2011

A luz pra lá do fim do túnel (p.48-49) (The Light at the End of the Tunnel)
Interview for Magazine Democracia Viva (no.47, p.48-49) on freedom of information in
Brazil and Latin America, 9 August, 2011

Can a Transparency Shy Brazil Co-Chair the Open Government Partnership?
Article by The Access Initiative based on my research, 2 August, 2011

Em dois anos, 17 casos de censura judicial no Paíspdf
(In 2 Years, 17 Cases of Judicial Censorship Across the Country)

Quoted and pictured in article for the Estado de São Paulo, 31 July, 2011

Is Brazil Fit to Lead the Open Government Partnership?
Secrecy vs. Transparency and the Ambivalence of Brazil’s Presidents

Article Written with Carlos Pereira and published by the Brookings Institute, Washington, 18 July, 2011

The Open Government Partnership – a new direction for US foreign policy?
Article published by the Christian Science Monitor, 13 July, 2011, and also republished on Brasil Aberto and
Fórum de Direito de Acesso de Acesso a Informações Públicas

O sigilo é o refúgio da ineficiência e da corrupção (Secrecy is the Refuge of Inefficiency and Corruption)pdf
Article Written for the National Association of Newspapers, Brazil(ANJ), 30 June, 2011

Quando o passado atrapalha (When the Past Gets in the Way)pdf
Quoted and data used (p.3) for article in Época (Editora Globo) weekly magazine, 20 June, 2011

Publicidade de documentos torna cidadãos mais ativos [heavy load time] (Making Documents Public Renders Citizens More Active)
Article published by the Folha de São Paulo, June 15, 2011

Brazilian taxes: huge, but where do they go?
Article published by the Christian Science Monitor, June 1, 2011, and also chosen in the Council of America's Weekly Roundup

Tax Reform and Transparency (image) or clipping
Article written with Fabiano Angélico for Globo Newspaper, Brazil, April 24, 2011

Impeached Ex-President Pockets Brazilian FOI Bill
Article published on the Washington based National Security Archive's Global
Freedom of Information Advocacy Website,, 5 May, 2011

Brazil Needs a Tax Break
Article published on the news website, Brazil In Focus, 12 April, 2011

Freedom of Information in Latin America
Presentation to the World Bank, Brasilia, 5 April, 2011

Towards an Agenda-Setting Theory of Freedom of Information Reform: the Case of Latin Americapdf
Paper written with Katherine Schlosser Bersch, Presented at the 1st Global Conference on Transparency at Rutgers University (May 17-20) and later submitted to the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory

FOI Laws Around the Worldpdf
Article published in the Journal of Democracy, April, 2011 (22:2)

Surrendering Secrecypdf

Cambridge University Press Book Contract: "Transparency and Freedom of Information in Latin America,"
Accepted for publication by Cambridge University Press (editor: John Berger)

Surrendering Secrecypdf

Book Prospectus: "Transparency and Freedom of Information in Latin America,"
Accepted for publication by Cambridge University Press (editor: John Berger)

Business for Open Governmentpdf
Pending Fellowship Application for Open Society Institute, Rejected, April 22, 2011

Doctoral Work presented at the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI),Rio de Janeiro, 22 February, 2011