Digital Transformation in the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil: An Examination of Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities
About the Câmara dos Deputados of Brazil. Written on March, 2022
The digital transformation of legislative systems is a global phenomenon, and the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil is no exception. It has recognised the potential of modern digital technology to revolutionise its legislative process and is now actively pursuing this transition. This essay provides a detailed examination of the key trends, challenges, and opportunities that this digital transformation presents.
Digital Legislative Process
Traditionally, legislative houses were not often viewed as centres for innovation due to their deep-rooted traditions. However, the Chamber of Deputies in Brazil has challenged this perception by adopting a digital-first approach to their legislative process. A significant trend within this approach is the comprehensive use of digital tools throughout the legislative workflow. This ranges from the initial stage of conducting research to support a new bill, right up to the moment a bill is published as an act. The evolution of this process has been enabled by the development and implementation of various digital tools. These include mobile applications for deliberations and voting, video conferencing facilities for remote meetings, and the integration of hybrid plenary sittings, which combine physical and virtual participation.