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Brazil’s Digital Protests Spell Trouble on the Street

A recent article on openDemocracy has featured our research on the Black Bloc in Brazil. The article, which asks “whether citizens will wake up only after it’s too late,” considers past digital protests in Brazil and how this might cause future turmoil in the streets.

The post, by Nathan B. Thompson, references our report Black Bloc Rising: Social Networks in Brazil.

Brazil was convulsed by massive digitally-enabled protests between June and August 2013. While largely peaceful, a militant anarchist group emerged during this period – the Black Bloc – which seized the public imagination. Although preoccupying media and policy makers, comparatively little is known about what Black Bloc is, where it comes from, or how it operates. Our publication from the Open Empowerment Initiative considers the presence of Black Bloc in cyberspace. It focuses specifically on Facebook, the dominant social media platform used by more than 80% of Brazilian internet users.

To read the full article by Nathan B. Thompson, click here.

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