Latin America & the Caribbean

"Responsible science must guide action, not dogmatism," says researcher

CALGARY 16 May 2012 (LC for APCNews)

The LAC region faces many water-related issues – from drought and flooding to hurricanes and landslides. A new book commissioned by APC and the IRDC examines how ICTs can help alleviate climate and weather-related stress in these areas. APC talks to LAC regional author, Gilles Cliche, about his findings.

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Opportunities for Ecuadorian women to connect their rights online

PERGAMINO 10 April 2012 (Flavia Fascendini for GenderIT.org)

Valeria Betancourt, manager of APC’s Communications and Information Policy Programme, explains a report submitted by APC and partners to the government of Ecuador, which aims to contribute to the Universal Periodic Review process by making recommendations about the relationship between freedom of expression online and access to the internet for Ecuadorian women´s lives.

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Call for proposals to host the fifth regional IGF in Latin America and the Caribbean

QUITO 2 April 2012 (APC for APC)

Together with its partners, APC is pleased to announce the fifth regional preparatory meeting in LAC for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), to be held in late 2012. As with the four previous IGF events, the purpose of the meeting is to provide a space for multi-stakeholder political dialogue.

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Debate over spectrum in Argentina: “A defining push is needed to get past the debate stage”

MONTEVIDEO 21 March 2012 (AF for APCNews)

Although in Argentina a debate does exist on the spectrum, it prioritises aspects related to broadcasting and obscures those related to telecommunications. Florencia Roveri and Flavia Fascendini of Nodo Tau clarify this issue in this interview conducted as part of the “Open spectrum for development” project.

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Open spectrum in Peru: Capitalising on an opportunity to democratise access to the internet

MONTEVIDEO 21 March 2012 (AF for APCNews)

In an interview with APC, Maicu Alvarado and Gabriela Perona of CEPES share experiences of using the spectrum with a positive social impact and offer guidelines for thinking collectively about policies for managing the spectrum that aim for more than simply economic growth.

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Spectrum management in Venezuela lacks clear policy objectives

MONTEVIDEO 21 March 2012 (AF for APCNews)

In Venezuela, community uses of the spectrum are privileged at the cost of generating uncertainty in the private sector. This discourages major investments in telecommunications and a wider discussion of the subject, according to Sandra Benítez and Ermanno Pietrosemoli of EsLaRed in this interview with APC.

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Open spectrum in Ecuador: The debate must extend beyond the circle of experts

MONTEVIDEO 21 March 2012 (AF for APCNoticias)

Lack of knowledge about the ways that policies relating to the spectrum affect people’s lives is one of the primary obstacles for the participation of civil society in the regulatory debate. Marco Navas Alvear promotes solutions for this problem in this interview by APC as part of the “Open spectrum for development” project.

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Colombia redefines its spectrum management plan

MONTEVIDEO 20 March 2012 (AF for APCNews)

Management of the spectrum in Colombia is migrating towards a more flexible and participatory model. Nevertheless there is still a need for greater involvement of community media and social organisations as a counterweight to the voice of the commercial operators in discussions on the management of the spectrum, according to Lilian Chamorro of Colnodo, in this interview with APC.

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Spectrum use in Latin America: relevant aspects, conclusions and recommendations

RIO DE JANEIRO 10 January 2012 (Carlos A. Afonso for APC)

APC’s “open spectrum” initiative aims to provide an understanding of spectrum regulation by examining the situation in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In this synthesis, the project’s consultant Carlos Afonso brings together the most important aspects of the studies in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.

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Spectrum use in Latin America: Summary report of the case studies of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela

By Carlos A. Afonso (November 2011, APC )

In Latin America case studies were done in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. This report reviews and summarises the most relevant aspects of these studies.

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