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Carlos Affonso Pereira de Souza

Carlos Affonso is the vice-coordinator of the Center for Technology & Society (CTS) at the Getulio Vargas Foundation's (FGV) Law School in Rio de Janeiro. He holds a Doctoral and a Master degree in Civil Law at the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ, 2009 and 2003) and a J.D at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio, 2000). He teaches in the graduation and post-graduation courses of FGV and PUC-Rio on Intellectual Property, Law & ICTs, Contracts and Torts.

Carlos is a member of the Copyright Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association (Rio de Janeiro section) since 2007 and a member of the former Commission for the Protection of Consumers in E-commerce, created by the Brazilian Ministry of Justice (2006-2008). He has been a councillor at the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO/ICANN), representing the non-commercial users constituency (NCUC) from 2008 to 2009, and a member of NCUC's Executive Committee (2010). He has been involved in many internet governance activities and currently is a lead researcher at the Brazilian Internet Observatory, a partnership between CTS/FGV and the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br).

His research is focused on acces to knowledge and intellectual property, internet filtering and its impacts on frees speech, as well as general internet governance issues. He is currently involved in the creation of a Civil Rights Framework for the Internet ("Marco Civil da Internet") in Brazil. The "Marco Civil" is a Bill of Law being discussed in the Brazilian Congress and a direct result of a collaborative process - developed by the Brazilian Ministry of Justice and the Cultura Digital group, in partnership with CTS/FGV - in which a diverse range of stakeholders relied on the internet to comment and make suggestions for the final text of said Bill of Law.
Carlos Affonso de Souza