On 21 August, Tori took part in a panel on Digital Cultures in Brazil at BRASA, the Brazilian Studies Association conference, which was this year held at King’s College London. She presented some of her current work on webdocumentary and urban change in Rio de Janeiro. The other members of the panel were Daniel O’Maley, from Vanderbilt University, who spoke about the characteristics and contexts of internet activism and internet activists in Brazil; Margaret Anne Clarke, from the University of Portsmouth, who spoke about Brazil’s present and future role in global internet governance; and Valnora Leister from James Madison University, who presented a paper co-authored with Mark Frazier from Openworld on Brazil’s role in different open source initiatives.
It was great to see a panel specifically about Digital Cultures at BRASA, and to meet up with other people working on this topic in Brazil. There were a number of other papers relating directly or indirectly to digital culture listed in the conference programme, including several on the use of digital technologies and social media during the Brazilian protests of 2013, Afro-Brazilian digital museums, and the interface between digital technologies and topics as diverse as journalism, television, music, education and agriculture.