Latin America & the Caribbean

Broadband in Bolivia: Good intentions and a long way to go

MONTEVIDEO 27 March 2010 (Orlando Arratia and AL for APCNews)

The Bolivian government is focusing on telecentres as a means of bringing internet access to the population, especially in rural and marginalised areas. But according to researcher Orlando Arratia, the structural problems that currently limit connectivity cannot be resolved until the government adopts a national broadband policy.

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Internet in the Andes: New APC research

MONTEVIDEO 25 March 2010 (APC for APC)

In the 1990s, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela privatised their telecomms sectors and the policies were a dismal failure. Almost 20 years on the Andean region has some of the worst connectivity statistics of all Latin America. For example only 4 in 100 Bolivians have internet access. Of the four, two will have broadband connections but out-of-date telephone systems will force the other two to use dial-up so slow that viewing YouTube or interactive news sites will be virtually impossible. From 2008 APC has looked at what had gone wrong. Our detailed national reports produced with an eye on influencing the policy debate in Latin America are now collected along with summaries of main points to emerge from the research. Photo: “Velaia”:http://www.flickr.com/photos/velaia/3238166271/

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Feminist tech Xchange - Colombia

Date and time: 
Feb 17 2010 (All day) - Feb 21 2010 (All day)

This meeting is part of the MDG3: Strengthening women’s strategic use of ICTs to combat violence against women and girls project run by the APC women’s programme (APC WNSP).

The International Congress on “Media literacy and digital cultures”

Seville

Euro-Iberoamerican
Congress ATEI
Media literacy and digital cultures
Seville, May 13 and 14, 2010

Held by:
Asociación de Televisiones
Educativas y Culturales Iberoamericanas

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GenARDIS Knowledge Sharing workshop

Location: 
Johannesburg (possibly Garden Place Guest House)
Date and time: 
Mar 24 2010 - 9:00am - Mar 27 2010 - 5:00pm

The knowledge-sharing workshop will be a space to enable the 15 grantees to share outcomes as well as to discuss best practices and lessons learned. It will also be used to gather case studies and stories to feed into the ongoing programmes of partner institutions, as well as for GenARDIS’ own evaluation process.

What is Internet Governance? And why does it matter for women’s rights?

APCNews, Costa Rica
What is Internet Governance? And why does it matter for women’s rights?
21 January 2010

Women’s rights advocates have made policy-setting inroads into many spaces that affect women’s lives – governments, schools, religious organizations, health care systems and economies. But what about the virtual space of the internet? The recent Internet Governance Forum provided opportunities to critique, expand and transform the dialogue around issues that impact women in gendered ways, including access, privacy, security, the control of one’s information, and regulation of sexual content. This analysis sources APC and APC’s policy and gender site GenderIT.org.

Dominican Republic guarantees women's equality in technology initiatives and policies across the country using APC GEM

17 December 2009
MONTEVIDEO 17 December 2009 (APC) -

The Dominican Republic is the first Latin American country to act on their commitments to involve women in the information society nationwide.

Dominican Republic guarantees women's equality in technology initiatives and policies across the country

SANTO DOMINGO 17 December 2009 (El Nuevo Diario)

The Dominican Republic is the first Latin American country to act on their commitments to involve women in the information society nationwide. This Caribbean island nation of ten million has promised to include a “gender perspective” in every information and communications technology initiative and policy developed by the government from now on. “This is great news for women’s equality in the Dominican Republic,” said APC’s Dafne Plou who trained government officials in November. “And it’s potentially a breakthrough for millions of other women in Latin America because the Dominican Republic is leading Latin American governments’ thinking around gender and technology as part of the regional eLAC2010 plan”. The tool the Dominicans have chosen to design and evaluate all the public policies is the APC gender evaluation methodology (GEM).

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Ecuador: Getting to where cables and commercial interests don't reach

QUITO 29 October 2009 (María Eugenia Hidalgo and AL for APCNews)

The new Constitution of Ecuador, which was passed in October of 2008, now legitimises the use of wireless networks as a way to achieve universal access. In the debate leading up to the new constitution, the wireless networks were able to boast low cost, sustainability and using existing and free waves to the communities and organisations using them. In an attempt to connect paper to practice, APC conducted a study on the possibilities and the political and regulatory context of this type of network, and explore a few success stories that took place over the last few years.

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