Herbert de Souza

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Herbert Jose "Betinho" de Souza (November 13, 1935 – August 9, 1997) was a sociologist and activist against economic injustice and government corruption in Brazil and founder of the . In 1963, he became chief of staff in the Ministry of Education, but exiled himself after the military took power in the 1964 Brazilian coup d'état.

Movements launched

In 1992 he launched Movement for Ethics in Politics, and in 1994 he started an annual drive, "Christmas Without Hunger".


Sousa died on August 9, 1997, following complications after contracting HIV and Hepatitis C.

Betinho Prize

is offered by the in the field of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Says the APC: "The Internet has not yet been converted into a giant online shopping mall. There are thousands of projects big and small working online around the world that prove that the Internet can be, and is being, used as a powerful tool for development and social justice."

Its goal is to focus on "exceptional and sometimes little known initiatives". In 2003 and 2005 the Betinho Prize is offered in recognition of outstanding examples of ICT use specifically based in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Applications are accepted in some of the most widely used languages in the region—Spanish, Portuguese and English. In 2005, the last date for applying was October 16, 2005. This year's subject is "community connectivity projects foreconomic......
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