July 2008 Archives


We’re living now in the Digital Era. Please tell us your opinion about the the following 5 keywords or how is the present situation of these subjects in your country. Click here.

世界はデジタル化してきました。 5つのテーマについて、あなたの国の状況や、あなたの考えを教えてください。

  1. Your name (nickname OK) and country / お名前と国
  2. Media regulation / メディア規制、統制
  3. Copyright / 著作権、版権
  4. Children / こどもへの影響、ネット安全
  5. Social Media / ソーシャルメディア(ブログ、YouTube、、、)
  6. Mass communication / マスコミ(TV、ラジオ、新聞、雑誌、、、)の将来

Media Policy in Japan

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nakamura_pict.jpg Prof. Ichiya Nakamura, from Keio University.

Prof. Ichiya Nakamura, Head of Policy Department, Graduate School of Media Design, at Keio University (Japan), told us his impressions about digital media policy making in Japan and kindly contributed to the vox populi section.

Digital Media Policy in Brazil

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Interview with Cláudio Prado, Head of the Department of Digital Policy, Ministry of Culture (Brazil)

Q1 In the Digital Era, it’s possible to broadcast TV programs through the Internet. In Japan, only 7% of the TV contents are available in the web, due to strict copyrights policies. Please tell us about the present situation in Brazil and what is the government’s position about media convergence and copyright policies?

We believe that media convergence has been obliging the world to reconsider some legal marks. The digital broadcast of is a fantastic chance to spread knowledge access. In Brazil, the Ministry of Culture has been holding a National forum to discuss with the society what should be changed on those legal marks. Our efforts are concentrated in finding a balance between the authors’ right to protect their own creations and the universal right of access to information.

Q2 The Brazilian government has chosen the Japanese standard for digital TV. Is there any program or project to promote technical or contents exchange between the two countries?

Yes, there are exchanges in the technical field, but not for contents. For the contents, I believe we should create ways to make an effective digital collaboration.

Q3. Although the Internet brought conveniences and advantages to our daily lives, a lot of bad influences were brought up to the society. For example, in Japan, we had an increase in criminality, prostitution and drugs problems, mainly among the young generation. Trying to solve those problems, the Japanese government prohibited minors than 18yo to have their own blogs.

In Brazil, there is a relation between Internet and criminality increase? If yes, what are the necessary steps to be taken to avoid or decrease those problems? This issue is a very contemporary issue all over the world. We cannot affirm that the Internet contributed to increase criminality or prostitution. These are social issues, maybe human issues.

Post, media, telephone, radio, TV, all these innovations had brought enormous advantages to the world, but in some way, they also brought problems related to criminality. To criminalize innovations is a worldwide tendency. And we believe we should widely discuss this issue with all the population. In Brazil, we’ve been working on this.

Q4. The Pontos de Cultura (Hotspots) project is bringing multimedia studios and internet access to more than 700 grassroots communities all over Brazil was focusing on cultural and creative exchange. Can it also contribute to improve quality in elementary education?

The Brazilian government is working hard in this issue. Internet at Schools, One computer per student, public broadband are some of those project. But we need to rethink what is a school in the digital era? What should be the teacher’s role when all students have information online? We found out that Pontos de Cultura are new learning spaces. Lots of experiences have been discussed and exchanged with local schools, but not officially yet.

Brazil and the Digital Cultural Policy

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gilberto-gil.jpg Minister of Culture of Brazil, Gilberto Gil (Photo by Joi Ito)

Brazil has been investing hard to bring the Internet, multimedia and all benefits of the Digital Era to children and young generation. This is a interview with Gilberto Gil, Minister of Culture of Brazil for Joi Ito’s blog.

Creative Commons i-Summit '08 Sapporo

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sapporo_kaijo.jpg People form all over the world at the Sapporo Convention Center, Hokkaido, Japan

Creative Commons is holding the i-Summit ‘08 in Sapporo, Japan. People from all over the world are here to discuss and think about the perspectives and possibilities of Open sources not only in the mass media but in fields like Publishing, Education, Business and Consultant.

sapporo_joi01.jpg Joi Ito at Creative Commons i-Summit ‘08 Sapporo

Joi Ito introduced to the audience the importance of thinking “open” and the influences around the world in the opening keynote session.


Mohamed Nanabhay talked about how Al Jazeera is dealing with the open sources and CC philosophies

Gilberto Gil resigned

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Brazilian musician Gilberto Gil has resigned the Ministry of Culture of Brazil. During the more than 5 years in his post, the former minister had made a lot of changes in the education field and had given special emphasis to bringing internet and multimedia also to the country side and implemented cultures programs using digital technologies. He said in his resign speech that he will dedicate his time for his career as musician and for his family.

See more here.

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