Unveiling the Archives of the Brazilian Dictatorship (1964‐1985): Surveillance in the “Years of Lead”

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Abstract

Almost fifty years ago, Brazil suffered a coup d’état led by military officers with the support of conservative groups of the civil society. The dictatorial regime brought along a surveillance structure never before seen in the Brazilian history. Individuals and groups considered to be “subversive” were closely monitored. Data was constantly gathered, organized, classified and shared within a surveillance network instituted by the military. This database was used to justify the persecution, disappearance and even death of many Brazilians. On November 18, 2012, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies created the National Truth Commission (Comissão Nacional da Verdade) with the aim of unveiling these abuses committed during the dictatorial regime. The archives created by this surveillance structure that once served to control the population are now helping to identify and bring to light the perpetrators of such violence. By analysing the reports of this commission, this work intends to highlight the dialectic aspect of information: it at the same time saves and kills, cares and controls. The once watched population is now watching their former watchers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Sixth Biannual Surveillance and Society Conference
Subtitle of host publication“Surveillance: Ambiguities and Asymmetries”
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014
EventThe Sixth Biannual Surveillance and Society Conference: “Surveillance: Ambiguities and Asymmetries” - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 24 Apr 201426 Apr 2014

Conference

ConferenceThe Sixth Biannual Surveillance and Society Conference: “Surveillance: Ambiguities and Asymmetries”
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period24/04/1426/04/14

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