terça-feira, 25 de dezembro de 2012

ITU: Tire as mãos da nossa Internet! [ITU: Hands off our Internet!]




To the ITU and all nations meeting at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai:

As citizens of the world and Internet users, we call on you to reject any changes to current Internet regulations that would weaken or alter the free and open nature of the Internet, or give any government or body the ability to infringe on Internet users’ rights to free speech, free access to information or privacy. We also demand that any proposed changes to current international Internet regulations be publicly debated, and subject to citizen input and approval. 


Para ITU e todas nações na Conferência Mundial Internacional de Telecomunicações (WCIT) em Dubai:

Como cidadãos do mundo e usuários da Internet, pedimos que rejeitem quaisquer alterações aos regulamentos da Internet atuais que enfraqueçam ou alterem a natureza livre e aberta da Internet, ou dêem a qualquer governo ou organismo a capacidade de infringir os direitos dos usuários da Internet à liberdade de expressão, o livre acesso à informação ou privacidade. Exigimos também que quaisquer alterações propostas para os atuais regulamentos internacionais da Internet sejam debatidos publicamente, e sujeitos a participação e aprovação dos cidadãos.

segunda-feira, 10 de dezembro de 2012

Check out in The Economist_Oil royalties in Brazil: Roll out the barrels

Oil royalties in Brazil

Roll out the barrels
Finally, a deal on sharing out the oil bonanza
Dec 8th 2012 | SÃO PAULO | from the print edition
MOST of Brazil’s vast deepwater oil deposits, discovered in 2007, have yet to be extracted. But its politicians are already sharing out the barrels. Since 1997, when the oil industry was opened to foreign firms, the lion’s share of oil royalties—around 10% of sales revenue—has gone to the states and municipalities where production facilities are located. The federal government gets just over a quarter (in addition to other oil taxes), with local governments elsewhere making do with less than a tenth.
The three states whose coastal waters hold the new finds—Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo and São Paulo—are already among the richest. So the others reasoned that they should get a bigger share of the new bounty. But the constitution describes royalties as a recompense for the extra costs and risks oil brings. The producer states threatened to take the fight to the supreme court. The various bits of government have been arguing ever since.
Five years on, a deal has been reached. On November 30th the president, Dilma Rousseff, signed with amendments a law sent to her by Congress. Royalties from already-auctioned fields will still be shared out according to the old rules. New concessions will pay higher overall royalties of 15%, with more than half of this eventually going to oil-less states and municipalities.
The deal is probably enough to deter producing states from going to court. With a royalties law in place, the government is now free, after a long pause, to start auctioning new blocks again. “Oil firms care more about their total taxes than how they’re shared out,” says João Augusto de Castro Neves of Eurasia Group, a consultancy. “But a constitutional battle would have been unhelpful for a government that is already losing credibility with the private sector.”
Ms Rousseff is insisting that future royalties be spent on education. That will help the government to meet its target of spending 10% of GDP on education by 2020. Brazilian education spending is already in line with the rich-world average, but with much poorer results. There is little reason to believe more money alone will make it better.
from the print edition | The Americas 

sábado, 8 de dezembro de 2012

São Paulo’s First Bike Ride Against Corruption

São Paulo’s First Bike Ride Against Corruption

DATE: December, 9th 2012

Concentration at  9:30 AM

Local: 35 Brigadeiro Luiz Antônio Ave. – Prosecutors Parking Lot (close to Sé’s Subway Station

This event will be a movement for supporting the Popular Statute Against Corruption

Take your bike or just join us in the Parking Lot from 9:30 to 10:30 AM

Invite your friends!


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