Debora Medeiros

Main focus: (Alternative) media in Brazil

Twitter handle: @debmedeiros

Languages: English, German, Portuguese, Spanish

City: Berlin

Country: Germany

Topics: citizen media, protest movements, freedom of expression, brazil, online activism, public service broadcasting, journalism, climate change


Débora Medeiros is a Brazilian journalist and a PhD student at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at the Free University of Berlin. She is currently doing research on media practices in the alternative coverage of protests. She has practical experience in mainstream and alternative media (as former editor and contributor for the citizen media platform Global Voices, for example).

Previous research topics include citizen media and environmental reporting, as well as public service broadcasting. She is also a member of MediaClimate, an international research group that looks into media coverage of the annual UN climate summits.

Her regional focus is Brazil. She has given talks on topics such as the Brazilian media landscape, the protests in 2013 and 2014, the political crisis in the country, among others. She has also presented on community media and transnational activism and looks forward to first opportunities to speak about public service broadcasting and reporting on climate change in Brazil.

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

Belziger Gespräche: Jugendliche und Protestbewegungen in Lateinamerika

Vortrag zu den Entwicklungen in Brasilien seit den Protesten 2013 und 2014, zusammen mit einem Kollegen aus Chile.

Finding the World through Global Voices

Members of the Global Voices community talked about their work in an international community of bloggers, translators and activists. We collaborate online, we overcome stereotypes and prejudices, we are engaging for human rights and we learn from each other. Global Voices is publishing underreported news in over 30 languages.The growing community is working across boundaries of nation, language and religion and has seen some changes since its beginning over 10 years ago. In this session we shared our positive experiences and the challenges of a voluntary international online community.

Balancing Surveillance and Internet Freedoms: Brazil and Snowden's legacy 3 years on

Part of the panel Digital Surveillance and Citizenship, held at the 66th annual conference of the International Communication Association.

In 2013, Edward Snowden revealed that Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was among the global leaders whose personal communications were being monitored by the National Security Agency (NSA). Rousseff reacted with contundent statements at a United Nations' assembly and by canceling an official visit to US president Barack Obama. In the following years, Brazil approved the Marco Civil, the world's first bill of rights for internet users. However, after protests shook up the country in 2013 and 2014, Brazil seems to be increasingly leaning towards surveillance, proposing strict antiterrorism laws and trying to explore loopholes in the Marco Civil to allow police to have access to users' online data without a warrant. This presentation examined the country's fragile balance between internet freedom and surveillance, by analyzing recent legislation and case studies on those areas.