Latin America & the Caribbean
On 21 September 2013 the website of the Health Network of Latin American and Caribbean Women was attacked and taken down after the launch of a campaign to legalise abortion. Vanessa Coria Castilla, Director of Programs and Advocacy for the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), shared some thoughts on the persecution faced by women’s organisations globally and in Latin America.
"If we don't stop these attacks, we run the risk of being left without a voice": Interview with RSMLAC
The attack on the website of Health Network of Latin American and Caribbean Women (RSMLAC in Spanish) confirms that we need to constantly defend the rights of women. Here, in a special interview for GenderIT.org, we talk with Sandra Castañeda Martínez, general coordinator of the RSMLAC, who helps us visualize the scale of violence on the internet today.
Article 474 of the new Ecuadorian criminal code legalises systematic surveillance of internet communications, flagrantly violating citizens’ rights to privacy. Valeria Betancourt, APC policy manager, analyses the problematic aspects of the article.
Valeria Betancourt, APC policy manager, wrote two chapters of this book: “Citizen participation in the age of the information society” and “ICT for development milestones and approaches in Latin America and the Caribbean”. The book builds on a seminar, Open Development: Exploring the future of the information society in Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Montevideo on 2-3 April 2013.
In August, the Sixth Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum took place in Argentina and showed that women are making headway in the Latin American forum. The involvement of young women in internet governance discussions about privacy and security and freedom of expression, gender analysis remains absent.
Last week stakeholders from across Latin America and the Caribbean met in Cordoba for the Sixth Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Although a multi-stakeholder forum, civil society was best represented, with only a handful of participants from the private sector and government.
The Argentinian city of Córdoba hosted this year’s regional preparatory meeting for the Latin America and Caribbean Internet Governance Forum. APC was an organisers of the event with Lacnic, Ageia Densi, Internet Society, ICANN, NIC.br, CGI.br and Google, and also provided comprehensive news coverage.
APC wrote an analysis of the latest communication’s law in Ecuador for the newsletter Digital Rights, focusing on both problems and opportunities that its implementation will imply.
APC has a new member from Latin America that has been working during the last years for more equal intellectual property policies in the country, regionally and globally. We talked with Claudio Ruiz and Alberto Cerda about the history and the present of the orgnanisation.
The next LAC Internet Governance Forum will be held in Argentina from 27-29 of August. In preparation for the event, the organisers launched a public survey to define and structure the agenda.