Francisco Brito Cruz (Brazil)

Francisco Brito Cruz is the co-director of InternetLab and project lead for the InternetLab Reports project. He holds a PhD and a master’s degree from the University of São Paulo School of Law (FDUSP); as a lawyer, he works on digital rights, intellectual property, media, and consumer rights issues. He was a visiting student researcher at the Center for Study of Law and Society at the University of California – Berkeley in 2013, and he won the “Marco Civil Internet and Development” Award at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas Law School. He is also a member of Brazil’s Empirical Legal Research Network (REED) and a member of the Electoral Law Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association – his work in law contributed to him winning the “Brazil’s Internet Framework Bill and Development Award.” Apart from his work associated with the law, he has written numerous books on the impact of disinformation and propaganda online on democracy and citizen engagement in politics.