Latin America & the Caribbean

La sociedad civil y la sociedad de la información: Participación en la Cumbre Mundial sobre la Sociedad de la información

By Valeria Betancourt (December 2005, Communication and Image Institute of University of Chile )

This paper was published in Spanish.

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Digital television and radio: Democratisation or greater concentration?

By Gustavo Gómez Germano (October 2007, APC )

Digitalisation of media is an approaching reality for Latin American countries. This technologic paradigm shift promises more democratic and diverse access to radio and TV frequencies. However, there is also a great risk of reproducing the same inequalities and power relations that exist in the “analogical” world and thus of media being in the hands of a few. This paper by Gustavo Gómez Germano illustrates the political and regulatory implications of an apparently technical and thus neutral phenomenon. It also suggests advocacy priorities to create a more informed and active civil society.

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TRICALCAR South region workshop

Date and time: 
Oct 22 2007 (All day) - Oct 27 2007 (All day)

Third Latin American and the Caribbean Communication Congress - COMLAC

Date and time: 
Oct 15 2007 (All day) - Oct 19 2007 (All day)

Organised by the Catholic Communications Organiation from Latin American and the Caribbean, the 2007 edition of the Communications Congress focused on media and citizenship, citizen communication stra

Cooperation and collaboration holds the key: ICTs in classrooms

GOA, INDIA 16 October 2007 (Frederick Noronha for APCNews)

Education, collaboration and co-operation marry and merge in the Argentine classroom, through a unique volunteer-driven project called GLEducar. This project was innovative enough to earn a special mention from the jury of the first APC Chris Nicol FOSS Prize. In this interview, Gleducar secretary Daniel Osvaldo Cardaci explains their logic and concerns.

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Every laptop assigned a child

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 16 October 2007 (Miguel Peirano for APCNews)

Journalist Miguel Peirano finds that "Many people think that a laptop for every child is a magic solution and that just giving the children a machine will make them happy," in his well-documented opinion piece about the CEIBAL Plan. This Uruguyan adaptation of the One Laptop Per Child project turns this South American nation into the only country in the world that has adopted, as government policy, the proposal to endow every schoolchild with a low-cost laptop connected to the internet.

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Paraguay accused of attacking net neutrality

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 15 October 2007 (APCNews)

“An attack on net neutrality and an act of censorship,” was how Miguel Acosta, editor of a New York-based Paraguayan newspaper referred to the measure taken by the Paraguayan Communication Company to block access to internet telephony or voice over internet protocol (VoIP). Civil society has responded forcefully to this situation.

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