Latin America & the Caribbean

Introductory report: Telecommunications Regulation and Broadband Development: Implications for the Andean region

By Guillermo Mastrini and Carolina Aguerre (June 2009, APC )
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A rural area in Bolivia connects its institutions with the world via internet

MONTEVIDEO 29 April 2009 (Natalia Uval for APCNews)

In San Ignacio de Moxos, an area located in the Beni region of northern Bolivia, the only internet connection available was an expensive and intermittent telephone connection. Since March 2006, thanks to the local campesino centre and wireless internet, the main institutions in the area have been interconnected, so that the inhabitants can access the internet at a quarter of the price it used to cost them, connecting them to each other, the rest of the nation and the world.

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Internet: Opening a door to development for the rural population in Paraguay

MONTEVIDEO 9 March 2009 (Natalia Uval for APCNews)

One hundred institutions in rural areas of Paraguay with access to the internet. Poor indigenous communities experiencing contact with the world beyond their local surroundings for the first time ever. These are just a few snapshots of the outcomes achieved by Oportunet, a project launched in 2007 in Paraguay that has demonstrated the potential of the internet as a door to economic and social development in the poorest communities.

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Carlos Afonso wins award for work bringing Brazilians online

RIO DE JANEIRO 22 January 2009 (RITS)

Carlos Afonso, Executive director of APC member Information Network for the Third Sector (RITS), has recently been awarded the ARede 2008 award for digital inclusion. Carlos was named Personality of the Year, for his dedication to promoting social inclusion through the internet.

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Advocacy and civil participation in the eLAC process analysis

By ITeM (September 2008, APC )
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ESLARED was awarded Jon Postel Service Award 2008 by ISOC

24 November 2008 (ESLARED)

On 19 November 2008, the Internet Society announced that ESLARED (Fundación Escuela Latinoamericana de Redes) was the 2008 recipient of the prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service Award.

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Andean schoolchildren and indigenous communities go online thanks to innovative training

MONTEVIDEO 27 October 2008 (KAH and KN for APCNews)

Last year APC and partners trained local technicians, community leaders and telecentre operators from the Andes on the basic principles of setting up wireless internet access in their communities. Now the participants report on the impact once they went back home.

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CILAC WorkShop

Date and time: 
Sep 1 2008 (All day) - Sep 5 2008 (All day)

Overall Workshop Objective: to begin the process of developing the Andean ICT for development that will disseminate research and undertake advocacy on ICT for Development and access to infrastructure

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