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Historic Day for Truth and Transparency

Half a year ago I wrote about a historic week, the week of October 23rd. Brazil’s National Congress enacted a freedom of information law and a truth commission — two brave policy advances for a country marked by legacies of secrecy and authoritarianism. Today was a similarly historic day: the freedom of information law and Read more about Historic Day for Truth and Transparency[…]

Brazil, Transparency and the Brasil Aberto Movement (Open Brazil Movement)

If President Dilma Rousseff’s government can meet expectations, Rousseff might just be remembered as Brazil’s first ‘transparency president’. The expectations of which I speak are not just those of Brazil – they are the world’s. On April 17th and 18th, more than 50 countries will meet in Brasilia to unveil their commitments to the Open Read more about Brazil, Transparency and the Brasil Aberto Movement (Open Brazil Movement)[…]

Brazil’s Growing Car Obsession

My wife Carolina and I so far managed to avoid buying a car here in Brazil. It’s not that we have a strong aversion to owning a car; it would be great to have a little ride for weekend jaunts, but it’s just impractical. Happily, the cost-benefit does not (yet) make sense. I walk back Read more about Brazil’s Growing Car Obsession[…]