Brazil and the Emergence of a Digital Lusosphere
The rise of the internet, social networks, and digital platforms have enabled new forms of association among once separated societies.As geographical location no longer needs to define the destiny of cultures and countries, new norms are emerging for groups to interconnect for mutual benefit.
Even as digital technologies make it possible to connect across borders, political efforts are underway in many nations to change laws or erect barriers with the aim of slowing or halting globalization.
The recent BREXIT vote in the United Kingdom, the political rise of populist and nationalist advocates of border closings in Europe and North America, and the diminishing levels of public support for multilateral organizations may indicate a return to 19th Century notions of exclusive territorial sovereignty.
Our book argues that in the digital era, it is possible to increasingly integrate widely separated communities that share language and other cultural affinities, promoting development in areas such as education, economics, and the co-evolution of artistic and cultural values.
The Lusosphere consists of the nine member countries of the Community of Portuguese Language Speaking Countries (CPLP). Their shared values and cultural affinities will now be able to speed their integration by means of digital technologies;
Brazil is leading the Lusosphere in the use of internet and social networks, and is including other Lusophone communities in its e-learning programs and digital programs.
The cultural importance of growing of Lisbon-São Paulo media flows, exerting influence in both directions.
A key factor in connecting the Afro-Brazilian Lusophone communities is UNILAB, created in 2010 as a Federal University in Brazil with the aim of fostering education in Portuguese-speaking communities in Africa.
Cape Verde’s initiative for South-to-South cooperation is also pioneering in long distance learning for African youth and adults.
Although the digital Anglosphere, Francosphere and other counterparts to the Lusosphere are also significant, Brazil – in concert with other Portuguese communities – has an opportunity to make the Lusosphere a central current in global digital culture.