Nathalia Sautchuk Patrício

German Chancellor Fellow

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Phone: +49 (0)203 379-5230
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276


since 10/2019

Mackenzie Presbyterian University

FCI - Computing and Informatics Department

Guest Lecturer

since 07/2017


Geneva Internet Platform, Digital Watch Observatory


03/2020 – 08/2020

Virtual University of State of São Paulo

Teaching material development

Content supervisor

03/2017 – 08/2020

Senac University

IT graduate school


05/2013 – 03/2020

Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (

Advisory Team

Technical Advisor

05/2015 – 06/2019

Anhembi Morumbi University

Communication graduate school

Guest Lecturer

07/2010 – 01/2017

Centro Paula Souza

Programming Technical course

IT Teacher

05/2013 – 04/2016


Programming Technical course


03/2010 – 02/2013

Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo

Knowledge Engineering Laboratory

Student Researcher

06/2010 – 12/2012

Brazilian Ministry of Education

One Laptop per Student project

Online Tutor

Research Interests

  • Net Neutrality
  • Internet Governance
  • Internet Policy
  • Information Security
  • Educational Technology


Nathalia Sautchuk Patrício joined the Centre in October 2020 and will remain with us as a German Chancellor Fellow until 28 February 2022.


Research Project at the Centre

Learning from the German experience on promoting and protecting the open Internet: the cases of network neutrality and the fight against illicit online content

The open Internet applies a non-discriminatory approach to the Internet traffic, which means that data is transmitted over the network, regardless of their content, origin or destination. However, keeping the open Internet has been a challenge. First, despite the legislation in force in each country, ISPs have violated net neutrality by treating data packets differently. Another challenge has been the fight against illicit online content, which sometimes requires that infrastructure-level intermediaries  (ISPs and DNS operators) block such content.

In Brazil, net neutrality has been protected by the Marco Civil Law, which means that all data packets must be treated equally, regardless of content, origin and destination. The same law also adopted a special regime where ISPs can only be subject to civil liability for damages resulting from content generated by third parties if, after a specific court order, it does not take any steps to make content unavailable. Despite its sophistication, the law is not detailed about acceptable modalities for blocking online services and content.

At the EU level, there are specific regulations and guidelines dealing with net neutrality. Regarding the blocking of online content, there is no specific regulation and each country can analyze the subject differently. In Germany, there is no specific legislation dealing with the question in general, and the analysis depends on the content (under copyright, child protection, malicious content, etc.)

This project aims to evaluate, from a comparative perspective between Germany and Brazil, two of the most relevant problems faced by open Internet: the net neutrality violation and the blocking of illicit content and services.


Patrício, N. S. (2019). Ferramentas Auxiliares para Medição da Neutralidade da Redes pelos usuários. In: REIA, J.; FRANCISCO, P. A. P.; BARROS, M.; MAGRANI, E. (org.). Horizonte presente: tecnologia e sociedade em debate. Belo Horizonte: Casa do Direito, 432-448. Available at

Aguerre, C.; Canabarro, D. R.; Callegari, A.; Hurel, L. M.; Patrício, N. S. (2018). Mapping National Internet Governance Initiatives in Latin America. Internet Policy Observatory at the Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania. April. 

Aguerre, C.; Callegari, A.; Canabarro, D. R.; Hurel, L. M.; Patrício, N. S. (2017). The national IGF landscape in Latin America and the Caribbean: Mapping the initiatives. In: Global Information Society Watch 2017: National and Regional Internet Governance Forum Initiatives (NRIs). 

Patrício, N. S.; Spina, E. (2016). Debatendo Criptografia em Face ao Marco Civil da Internet. In: Seminário 'Privacidade , sigilo e compartilhamento', 2017, São Paulo. Privacidade, sigilo e compartilhamento.

Patrício, N. S.; Kerr, V. K. S ; Kerr, D; Spina, E. (2016). Um Debate Sobre Segurança da Informação e Privacidade À Luz do Marco Civil da Internet. In: IX Simpósio Nacional da ABCiber – Associação Brasileira de Pesquisadores em Cibercultura, 2016, Sao Paulo. Anais eletrônicos do IX Simpósio Nacional da ABCiber – Associação Brasileira de Pesquisadores em Cibercultura – PUC-SP.

Santos, V. W. O.; Canabarro, D. R.; Patrício, N. S.; Cappi, J. (2016). Free Internet programs: concepts, controversies and uncertainties. 2015 ICT Households Survey, 11. ed.