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The Right of Access to Information in Portugal and Brazil and the Challenges of Its Implementation

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With the advent of Information Society and the new Technologies of information and communication (ICT) and its use through Internet, the fundamental right of access to information gets a new dimension and allows the exercise of other relevant rights such as popular participation. Thus, we think that it is worth to elaborate a comparative analysis between the Portuguese law on the access to administrative documents (LADA) and the Brazilian law on access to information (LAI). For the elaboration of such study we used the method of monographic procedure, using the technique of research based in bibliographic revision. From the analysis undertaken we will try to identify and qualify the transparency and the effectiveness of access to information in both countries.


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  • Comparative law
  • Open government
  • Portugal
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Our thanks to the CAPES Foundation, Ministry of Education of Brazil, for financing this research, and also to the CIIDH-Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Human Rights, and to the Algoritimi Centre, both at University of Minho, for supporting this research. The work of Marciele Berger has been supported by CAPES under Grant Nº. BEX - 1788/15-9. The work of Paulo Novais has been supported by FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology within the Project Scope UID/CEC/00319/2013.

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Bernardes, M.B., de Andrade, F.P., Novais, P. (2016). The Right of Access to Information in Portugal and Brazil and the Challenges of Its Implementation. In: Chugunov, A., Bolgov, R., Kabanov, Y., Kampis, G., Wimmer, M. (eds) Digital Transformation and Global Society. DTGS 2016. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 674. Springer, Cham.

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