Information for All in Brazil
There is a need to reduce information asymmetries in Brazil by building a legal framework setting the rules to define the State’s role as a supplier of the public information it generates, and by reducing the digital divide.
Despite the Brazilian Federal Constitution’s responsiveness to Art. 19 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights whereby it establishes access to public information as a right, it still lacks infra-constitutional regulation on the matter and in practice that impairs the effective access of citizens to information produced by the public authorities.
Brazilians' acquaintance with new communication and information technologies, in spite of being on the increase, still reports percentages that could be improved.
- Brazil is ranked 1st in Latin America and 5th in the world regarding the use of Internet. However, the low percentage of users as a ratio of total population (the majority of Brazilians do not use that service).
- According to the Brazilian Telecommunications Authority, Brazil will have, on average, one cell phone per inhabitant by 2018, underlining the importance of taking that particular technology into account when considering social transformation processes.
Reducing the digital divide is also bound up with the way that the educational system incorporates Information and Computer Technologies.
Brazilian government promotes actions to disseminate ICT-use in schools. It also intends to promote connectivity by means of the Governmental Programme on Electronic Services to Citizens (Programa Governo Eletrônico Serviço de Atendimento ao Cidadão - Gesac) and by taking advantage of the of the optical fibre networks used by Electricity Utilities and Petrobras, among others.