Latin America & the Caribbean
APC congratulates the Brazilian people on the adoption by the Chamber of Deputies of the Marco Civil da Internet (Civil Rights Framework for the Internet) on 25 March 2014: the outcome of a four-year-long, inclusive consultation process in which civil society played a leading role.
A coalition of internet users successfully advocated for the elimination of an article from Ecuador’s new criminal code that legalised massive communications surveillance. In this article for the LAC Digital Rights newsletter, APC’s policy team talks about its advocacy process.
The 16th Workshop on Networking Technologies for Latin America and the Caribbean (WALC), organised by EsLaRed Foundation, took place at the National Engineering University of Managua, Nicaragua on 14-18 October 2013.
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.