Latin America & the Caribbean

Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Colombia country report

By Juan Diego Castañeda and Amalia Toledo, Fundación Karisma (March 2016, APC )

This report will give a rapid overview of current regulations and the most relevant cases – in the courts and the media – affecting positively or negatively the exercise of human rights by Colombian citizens. We will review regulations on net neutrality, cyber crime, child protection, criminal investigation and intelligence activities, data retention and anonymity, emphasising the problems that many of these regulations pose for the protection of fundamental rights.

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Latin American civil society experts discuss media concentration and digital convergence in Montevideo

MONTEVIDEO 4 February 2016 (APC / OBSERVACOM for APCNews)

Thirty civil society experts from eight Latin American countries are gathering in Montevideo, Uruguay, to discuss media concentration and identify the policy and regulatory strategies needed to strengthen media plurality in this new environment.

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Latin American organisations demand guarantees for the right to freedom of expression

(December 2015, APC )

Organisations defending and promoting the right to freedom of expression in Latin America, deeply concerned at the extent of media concentration in the Latin American region, issue the following declaration.

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Anabella Rivera from Instituto DEMOS Guatemala: "Central America is a fairly isolated region, and with APC we will open up doors of opportunity in these countries"

1 December 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

The executive director of APC member Instituto DEMOS Guatemala, Anabella Rivera, was interviewed in Mexico by APCNews. She offers her perspective on APC’s milestones over the last 25 years and her expectations as a recent member of the network.

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Sandra Benitez from EsLaRed: "APC is a showcase for the organisation"

30 November 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

“We have been continuously involved in training a group of 4,000 technical experts, here in Latin America,” says Sandra Benítez proudly. She is part of Escuela Latinoamericana de Redes (EsLaRed), an APC member in Venezuela. Interviewed by APCNews, Benítez talks about the major achievements of APC in the past 25 years, and the ways in which the network has promoted collaboration among its members.

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AlterMundi: “Community networks embody the original spirit of the internet”

JOAO PESSOA 23 November 2015 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNoticias)

They are called AlterMundi and describe themselves as a “network of activists, working with people with no knowledge of networks or information technology.” This year they won the 2015 award in the “Devices, Infrastructure and Technologies: Acceleration and expansion of access” category from the Regional Fund for Digital Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean (FRIDA).

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Latin America in a Glimpse, at IGF 2015

JOAO PESSOA 9 November 2015 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)

Among the most controversial issues that Latin America has faced in 2015 are the arrival of Free Basics (formerly Internet.org) and surveillance on the internet, including the Hacking Team revelations. To present these issues in their context, Derechos Digitales and APC launched a summary of the digital rights arena in the region in 2015 at an Internet Governance Forum pre-event.

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Julián Casasbuenas: "APC has had a great effect on all its member organisations"

PERGAMINO 6 November 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNoticias)

During the APC Latin America and the Caribbean members meeting held in Mexico City, we interviewed Julián Casasbuenas, director of Colombian APC member Colnodo and current chair of the APC Board. He shared his thoughts about APC’s 25-year history.

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Open letter: Challenging the feminicide of woman human rights defender Nadia Dominique Vera Perez; the feminicide of Yesenia Quiroz Alfaro, Mile Martin and Alejandra Negrete Virginia; and the murder of photojournalist Ruben Bonilla Espinosa

By Various (September 2015, )

The government institutions in Mexico have not met their obligation to protect and ensure a safe environment for people to promote and defend rights without risk of reprisal. The level of impunity in cases of attacks and murders of human rights defenders is alarming. The feminicide of woman human rights defender Nadia Dominique Vera Perez, the feminicide of Yesenia Quiroz Alfaro, Mile Virginia Martin and Alejandra Negrete, and the murder of photojournalist Ruben Bonilla Espinosa are despicable evidence of the above.

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New individual member Mario Morales: "APC is a meeting and learning point"

PERGAMINO 28 September 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

During the APC Latin America and the Caribbean regional members meeting in Mexico City, APCNews interviewed Mario Morales from Colombia, who recently joined APC as an individual member, to find out more about his work and his reasons for becoming part of the APC network.

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