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July 03 2011


Documentary - Citizen X: Sao Paulo, portrait of an integrant of movement of the homeless

emphas.is :: In 2007, Sao Paulo’s government launched the “Cidade Limpa” (Clean City) project, with the intention to standardize all visual advertisements throughout the city. This initiative has addressed what was indeed an overwhelming visual pollution, and in this matter it has certainly improved the life of the population.

Initiatives such as Cidade Limpa only deal with the most superficial aspects of the city and its problems. But Sao Paulo’s housing deficit, for instance, is a much bigger problem that affects people’s lives directly and contributes to the degradation of the city in a much more fundamental way than mere visual pollution.

The project seeks crowdfunding supported by emphas.is (crowdfund visual journalism).

Julio Bittencourt is a Brazilian photographer. His work has been published in GEO, Le Monde, The Guardian, Esquire, Photo, among many others. "In a window of Prestes Maia 911 Building", his first book, is the culmination of three years of work in a formerly squatted building in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Help to fund the documentary - Julio Bittencourt, emphas.is

April 18 2011


Who's New to Net2 Local?

Since November, we've added 2 new NetSquared Local groups to the map, bringing the new official number to 80 groups in 26 cities worldwide! NetSquared Local groups meet to network and learn about using web and mobile technologies to make social change happen. Each one of these groups is volunteer run and community driven, and each one is totally unique and at the mercy of the interests, cultures and expertises of the group members.

New Net2 Local Groups

Below is a list of the groups that have started in the last few months. If you're interested in getting involved either as a co-organizer or a participant in one of these cities, go to the group website and give the organizer a shout!

Just Getting Started

We also have several other groups that are "Just Getting Started". This means that we have at least one person in the city who is interested in helping to get a NetSquared Local group off the ground. Just getting started groups are indicated by yellow markers on the map.

In the last few months we've had interest from people in:

  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Kasese, Uganda
  • Kumbo, Cameroon
  • Bellevue, CA, USA
  • Derby, KS, USA
  • Kalawana, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Ottawa, Canada
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • Boulder, CO, USA

Are you in one of these cities and want to become a co-organizer to help get the NetSquared group off the ground? Let us know and we'll connect you with the other folks who have expressed interest and provide you with all the resources you need to make it happen!

Are you in another city and want to get involved?

Learn more about NetSquared Local and check the Net2 Local map to see how you can get involved with an existing group, a just getting started group, or to start your own!

September 01 2010




The Sao Paulo futbol club is a very popular one.

So SP went crazy this week and today the new Diario de S. Paulo changed its masthead to celebrate the anniversary.

Well done!


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