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André Barbosa Ramiro Costa

Former Research Fellow

André Barbosa Ramiro Costa is visiting researcher at  Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. Co-founder of the Law and Technology Research Institute of Recife. M.Sc. and lawyer, both from the Federal University of Pernambuco. Member of the Latin American Studies Network on Surveillance, Technology, and Society (Lavits). Google Policy Fellow at ONG Derechos Digitales (2019) and Brazilian rapporteur for global organizations such as the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL).

The focus of his research has been in the field of privacy, data protection, and government surveillance. Currently, he is involved in the investigation of the circuit that results in the exploitation of vulnerabilities (hacking) by law enforcement and intelligence sectors (market, legal frameworks, ethics, and oversight).

Together with the research group “Technology, Power, and Domination” at the Weizenbaum Institute, he will be researching democratic oversight models by studying German and Brazilian intelligence scenarios, sectors that historically challenge meaningful transparency and accountability of its activities. He will explore the concept of democratic in the oversight field and the main principles that must guide its implementation.

Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Former Research Fellow

Research Group “Technology, Power, and Domination

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society