Latin America & the Caribbean

Op-Ed: Colombian Law Sets Dangerous Precedent says APC

WELLINGTON 26 September 2011 (Joy Liddicoat for IPS)

Colombian lawmakers are studying the “Lleras law”, the latest effort by that country to secure a free trade agreement with the United States by submitting to U.S. demands to comply with U.S. intellectual property laws. The bill is currently being fast-tracked with little input or consultation from Colombian citizens.

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APC member Colnodo condemns anti-piracy law

MONTEVIDEO 7 September 2011 (Colnodo for APCNews)

APC member Colnodo has issued a report about Colombia’s controversial “two strikes” bill. Under this law, file-sharers caught with copyrighted content can lose their internet connections or even face jail time.” See full article in Spanish.

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Internet governance in Latin America and the Caribbean: Remote participation

MONTEVIDEO 8 August 2011 (APC for APC)

From August 9-11 APC is at this regional meeting in Trinidad and Tobago. You can also participate from wherever you are.

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Sexual minorities marginalised in internet policy debates in Brazil

ROSARIO 11 July 2011 (FF for GenderIT.org)

The EroTICs research team in Brazil studied the complex relationship between sexual minorities and internet policy. Their findings show that these groups were routinely ignored in debates surrounding internet regulation.

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Low Cost Solutions for Wireless Connectivity

Guatemala

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP, Trieste, Italy) along with the Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala organize the above mentioned course, to be held at the Departamento de Fisica — Edificio T-1 Segundo Nivel, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, 01012 Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala —.

First Latin American and Caribbean convention of Internet Governance

QUITO 27 June 2011 (APC for APCNews)

The Fourth Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will take place from August 8th to 11th, 2011 in the city of Port Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The event will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

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Social empowerment, media literacies and the relevance of Social Media

Brazil

How spontaneous and public conversation among people who use the internet can be organized as citizen news agencies? Maybe you have a profile on a social media service. If not, for sure you have many friends who are already there talking about themselves, news, music, entertainment and cool things they think you might want to know about.

APC welcomes its first member in Paraguay

RISHIKESH 28 April 2011 (LC for APCNews)

One of Paraguay’s most widely-listened to community radio stations, Radio Viva, has recently joined the APC community as a member through its parent organisation, Asociación Trinidad Comunicación, Cultura y Desarollo. Asociación Trinidad works towards the democratisation of communications and improving civil participation through solidarity in action for a sustainable Paraguay. One of the many ways it achieves this work is through Radio Viva.

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Brazil: High-speed connections reach marginalised people over the air

MONTEVIDEO 28 March 2011 (AL for APCNews)

The problem of internet access in a country the size of Brazil is as complex as its geography or its population. The government is currently working on a national broadband plan which would establish high-speed fibre optic connections in the major cities. In order to reach the most distant towns, signals transmitted over the air will be used (through waves that circulate on a set frequency or spectrum). In this article we will review the trends in Brazil regarding regulation of this resource.

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Open spectrum for development: Brazil case study

By Carlos Afonso, with collaboration from Jonas Valente (March 2011, APC )

For about 75 years up to the sixties, nearly all telecommunications services in the country were in private hands, distributed among hundreds of local operators. Telephony authorizations were issued and controlled by the state governments. In this process Companhia Telefônica Brasileira (CTB, a subsidiary of the Canadian company Brazilian Traction) emerged as a major operator of local and long-distance services in the majority of the larger Brazilian cities, covering about 80% of the telephone terminals in the country. CTB shared the market in these cities with Companhia Telefônica Nacional, CTN, an ITT3 subsidiary. The remaining cities and towns were covered by small local operators in extremely precarious situations.

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