Legislation and Regulation for the Digital Age – A Project for Brazil

Legislation and Regulation for the Digital Age IVLP participants take a group photo at Facebook's Offices in Washington, DC

On March 10, Meridian welcomed six Brazilian participants for the three-week long 'Legislation and Regulation for the Digital Age' International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Made up of legislators, lawyers, and non-profit managers, the group traveled to the United States to enhance their understanding of U.S. foreign policy objectives regarding internet freedom; assess efforts and legal foundations necessary to counter cyber crime; and study the intersection of online freedoms, privacy protections, and security imperatives. Through their program, the participants accomplished these objectives through meetings with keynote legislators, think tank organizations, and non-governmental institutions in cities including Washington, DC; San Francisco, CA; New Orleans, LA; Cincinnati, OH; and New York, NY.

While in Washington, DC, the participants had the opportunity to discuss trends privacy issues in social media with representatives from Facebook; gain Congressional perspectives on governance, privacy and neutrality from the Legislative Director for Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D, CA - 18th); and learn about advocacy on behalf of an open internet with experts from the Internet Association. Other highlights included engagements with OpenGov Hub, the Center for Information Policy Leadership, and the Technology Policy Institute. Participants also had an engaging opportunity to participate in the Sustainable Development Goals National Reporting Initiative Launch before continuing their national program.

Sponsors and Partners

U.S. Department of State
World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council
Global Ties San Francisco

Project summary

Legislation and Regulation for the Digital Age – A Project for Brazil
Number of Visitors: 8
Regions: Western Hemisphere
Countries: Brazil
Impact Areas: Education
Program Areas: Exchanges
Partners: NGOs, Private Sector, Public Sector