Director, Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janiero
Ronaldo Lemos is an internationally respected Brazilian academic, lawyer and commentator on intellectual property, technology, and culture. Lemos is a co-founder and director of the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro (itsrio.org), and professor at the Rio de Janeiro State University´s law school. He is a board member of various organizations, including the Mozilla Foundation, and Access Now. Lemos was one of the creators of Brazil’s Internet Law (Marco Civil da internet), enacted in April 2014, creating a comprehensive set or rights for the internet in brazil, including freedom of speech, privacy and net neutrality. Because of its impact in favor of an open and free internet, the Marco Civil has been praised by Tim Berners-Lee “a very good example of how governments can play a positive role in advancing web rights and keeping the web open”. In July 2013, Lemos joined the Mit Media Lab as a visiting scholar. Lemos has received the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in the category of digital communities. He writes weekly to Folha de Sao Paulo, the biggest national newspaper in Brazil, and has contributed to a number of other publications, including Foreign Affairs, Harper’s Bazaar, and Bravo! He also hosts a weekly TV show at Canal Futura, and is a commentator on technology for Globonews.