For original article by Fabio Brisolla in Folha de São Paulo, click here.
Nine out of ten residents of the favelas in Rio de Janeiro, under the age of 30, access the World Wide Web. The majority access the Internet on a computer from home and prioritize social media, such as Facebook, when online.
The above statements resulted from research conducted with residents between 15 and 29 years of age, from five different low income areas of Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha (South Zone), City of God (West Zone), Manguinhos (North Zone), Complexo do Alemão and More >
For original article in Folha de São Paulo in Portuguese click here.
According to research conducted by the project “Solos Culturais” (Cultural Grounds), the use of computers in favela residences has surpassed Internet access from ‘Lanhouses’ (as cybercafés are known in Brazil) – the traditional meeting point of Internet users in low income areas.
Business owner Alexandre Ferreira, 43 years old, had already noticed the change in habit.
“I founded one of the first cybercafes in Rocinha, but closed shop because demand slowed dramatically,” says Ferreira, who closed his business in 2010. With the More >
Before I begin, let me make clear that the information below is personal opinion, without generalizations.
Since the police entered and the militarization of the Jacarezinho favela on October 14, 2012, a policy the government baptized Pacifying Police Units – better known as UPP – little has changed in the favela where I was born and raised.
I am an activist, a photographer for the Agência Imagens do Povo, and a photography instructor. As I turn 25, I see part of the city of Rio de Janeiro entering a process of elitization and, as Representative Marcelo Freixo puts it, becoming a real corporate-city. The map of More >
It was 1 am and after hours of parading from other schools, it was finally our turn. The music began and we started dancing and singing. “If you don’t know the words, just move your mouth and act excited,” we were told. Our costumes had angel wings to symbolize peace activism, our section in the song that told the story of Acari’s history, composed for carnival this year alone. Previous verses of the song told of a tumultuous history of drug trafficking and police relations. Our costumes’ resemblance to something David Bowie might wear was undeniable, and I can only hope More >
Research funded by the IOC plans to follow promises made by the Rio 2016 Olympic Committee
One of the major social legacy promises found in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic Games Candidature File is the provision of infrastructure, programs and policies that support and encourage sport and physical activity participation among the city’s population, particularly among low-income youth.
The promise of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee drew the attention of local researchers Dr. Arianne C. Reis, now based at Southern Cross University in Australia, and MSc. Fabiana R. Sousa-Mast, a PhD candidate at the University of Basel in Switzerland. More >