Why to hack a Supreme Court


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Civic hacking projects using data from public institutions can support the implementation of major changes. Sometimes a single computer and some technical skills are enough. The Supreme Court in Numbers Project, which promoted deep changes in the fight against impunity, the reduction of lawsuits overload on the Supreme Court, and greater transparency in the Brazilian Judiciary, started like this. The goal of this text is to demonstrate that with the technologies that we have available today, anyone with knowledge and willingness could initiate similar projects.

Let’s look at some examples of socially desirable impacts that can be brought about by civic hacking projects.

Hacking the Supreme Court

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A Takedown-resistant website, and the new Internet


Welcome! This is your first time in a takedown-resistant website! (probably).

This is the first post of a series of posts in which I’ll explain how the IPFS is going to change the way we share public documents and data (including real estate registration), how it can be used for smart contracts (and it is much better than blockchain for this! believe me), and how it will allow us to create an unstoppable and uncensorable internet.

The uncensorable internet

Yes, this site cannot be removed from the internet and I don’t have any company providing me the hosting service for it.

I can run this website without any server, without any host, because I’m using a brand new technology, still under development, called IPFS: the InterPlanetary File System. IPFS is a new decentralized peer-to-peer file system model, that allows all computers (cell phones included) to work together for file and computer process sharing.

Network topology types

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Presentation - ENAP - Government Focused on Citizens


It was a pleasure for me to be invited and to speak about Government Focused on Citizens at the National School of Public Administration - ENAP, in Brasília.

On this presentation, you will find details behind the idea of a Governmental Big Data Office at Rio de Janeiro, a project lead by me from 2013 to 2016. You will see why we need to rethink the way our governments run, and my ideas on how to do it.

In this panel was followed by Christopher Corcoran (NYC MODA founder and senior consultant of Lexington Mayor) and Patricio Rodriguez (professor at Chile University).

Sidenote: I’m very proud to be recognized as a “Global thought leader in using data to improve government services” by Christopher Corcoran, at 50m43s of the video below :-)

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Presentation - FGV-GO Associados-ArqFuturo - Big Data and Urban Mobility


Do you want to see how we used big data from different data sources to improve the traffic quality for Rio de Janeiro, preparing the city for the Olympic Games?

I presented some important projects leaded by me at Big Data: PENSA - Room of Ideias, the Big Data Office of the Rio de Janeiro’s City Hall. And, more than a project for traffic improvment, I show on the video below the real reason supporting the PENSA Team: how to create a new democratic model, based on data and scientific knowledge, to close the gap among the citizens and the governments.

I had the honor to speak with Ivo Corrêa (Uber Vice-president for Public Policy) and Danilo Igliori (Chairman Data ZAP and Professor at FEA/USP).

The conference was held by Fundação Getulio Vargas, GO Associados (Gesner Oliveira) and ArqFuturo (Tomás Alvim).

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Presentation - FGV ENAP - Ensino, profissionalização e pesquisa


I was invited to talk about the future of the education, professionalization, and research on the public service.

The conference was held by FGV and Escola Nacional de Administração Pública (Enap) (National School of Public Administration).

My speech was focused on how the new technologies are driving us toward a selfish society, following the Liquid Society, by Bauman, and the importance of a multidisciplinary education for our public servants.

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Polls, errors and democracy in the 21st century


I have been working with data analysis for public policy design, public administration, and electoral campaigns for a while. And I have been following electoral polls from all around the globe during the last years.

Nowadays, the question in everyone’s minds is: what is happening with the polls? Why are they so wrong? The problem is neither caused by polls methodology nor by politicians, but by the governments. I’ll explain why.

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Rethinking Rio de Janeiro's bike paths using data and scientific knowledge


How about rethinking the entire bike lanes plan of a city using scientific knowledge and data from Twitter, from Bike Rental (Bike Rio - Itaú), from Mapeando (from lab.rio), from citizens’ request through 1746, integrating it with our mass transportation network?

This is another example of how we, the PENSA Team, are using data. The responsible for this project was João Meirelles, who captured data from many different sources to design a new bike lane plan to better meet the need of our citizens. João used the following data sources:

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Open data vs Privacy in Lisbon - What Jessica Alba, Bradley Cooper and Uber can teach us


Here is the presentation used by me in a class I taught in Lisbon, last week, with professor Joaquim Falcão.

This was a class regarding how data can be used to track the steps of Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba (and you), or to make our cities a better place to live. You choose! The content of this class:

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IDB Third Regional Policy Dialog


I am in Bogota, Colombia, to present a lecture and participate in discussions on the IDB Third Regional Policy Dialog - Open Government In Latin America and the Caribbean. The speech of the Opening Ceremony will be held by Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia and the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. I am here to present cases developed in Rio de Janeiro by the Big Data: PENSA Team on how to promote innovation in government in order to improve the outcomes of public services, doing more and better with less.

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Speach at Columbia SIPA GOVTECH


Participei de um dos mais importantes eventos internacionais sobre uso de tecnologia na Administração Pública do mundo, o SIPA GovTech, da Universidade de Columbia, em Nova York. Confira a seguir o conteúdo de minha apresentação e os demais participantes.

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Pablo Cerdeira is the Head of the Center of Technology and Society - CTS/FGV and the former Rio de Janeiro's Chief Data Office