Latin America & the Caribbean

Brazil: Special report "Women on the internet"

The Women of Expression theme for 2013 is Women and the Internet. The development of information and communication technologies in recent decades has revolutionized the way people communicate and express their ideas.

E-waste in Latin America: The dark side of ICTs?

27 February 2013 (Valeria Betancourt for Info 25)

While the benefits of the widespread use and applications of ICTs are many, there are also negative impacts, such as those associated with the growth in the amount of e-waste that call for the need to counter effects on environmental pollution and public health.

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Call for nominations for the 2013 FRIDA Award+

20 February 2013 (FRIDA)

All initiatives, researches or innovation projects in the field of ICTs for the region of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) that have made a significant contribution to the use of the Internet for the region’s social, economic and cultural development since 2008 may apply for the 2013 FRIDA Award+.

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Building the Evidence Base for Strategic Action on Climate Change: Mexico City's Virtual Climate Change Centre

Mexico City

This case study from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom (UK)‘s “Climate Change, Innovation and ICTs” research project, funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and managed by the University’s Centre for Development Informatics (CDI), describes a multi-stakeholder initiative that sought to build city-wide climate change information in Mexico.

Women human rights defenders and digital security: Reflections with a Latin American accent

TEGUCIGALPA 7 November 2012 (Daysi Flores for GenderIT)

A survey of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) conducted as part of APC’s Connect Your Rights! campaign revealed some interesting practices and perceptions in terms of their use of information and communications technologies in their work. Read an analysis.

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Freedom of expression and women human rights defenders in Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala

TEGUCIGALPA 7 November 2012 (Daysi Flores for GenderIT)

GenderIT.org contributor Daysi Flores looks at a number of new cybercrime laws in Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala that pose a threat to online security, the right to privacy, and freedom of expression and association for the countries’ citizens in general, but for women human rights defenders in particular.

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LACNIC honours ten Latin American and Caribbean internet leaders

MONTEVIDEO 30 October 2012 (LACNIC and APC for LACNIC)

To celebrate LACNIC’s tenth anniversary, the region’s internet authority highlighted “internet leaders” that have contributed to the information society in Latin America. Among the awarded are APC’s Valeria Betancourt and Edmundo Vitale of EsLaRed, APC’s member in Venezuela.

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New publication: Infographic in Portuguese on the impact of the internet and human rights

BERLIN 30 October 2012 (FD for APCNews)

The Association for Progressive Communications has started a project called Connect Your Rights! in early 2011. Meant to make the links between fundamental human rights offline and online, it published an infographic in mid-2012 to offer a visualization of the impact that the internet provokes on the human rights regime. After a successful first run in social media and at events worldwide, the infographic was translated to Portuguese by Brazilian group NUPEF.

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Internet revolutionaries and conservatives meet once again

During three days at the end of September, the Colombian capital Bogota was host to the Latin American and the Caribbean fifth preparatory meeting for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). A tale from the Latin American and Caribbean preparatory meeting to the Internet Governance Forum.

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Focus on internet and human rights in Argentina: Interview with Nodo TAU

JOHANNESBURG 3 October 2012 (Alan Finlay for APCNews)

“The main issues that should be focused on in Argentina today are freedom of expression, access to information and free circulation of culture,” says Nodo TAU in an interview related to a forthcoming report they wrote for the Global Information Society Watch.

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