Latin America & the Caribbean

Spectrum in Colombia: Towards a participative model

15 December 2011 (Colnodo for APC)

In Colombia, several government initiatives aim at broadening telecommunications access for the whole population through spectrum. Colombian civil society should make the most of recent opportunities to lobby for the design of a management model that is more efficient and that emphasises the social value of the spectrum say Lilian Chamorro and Ariel Barbosa, authors of a new study for APC.

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Spectrum regulation in Argentina: The need to move from broadcasting to access

12 December 2011 (Nodo Tau for APC)

Argentina is one of only three countries in the world that privatised spectrum. However the recent renationalisation of its control, together with the participative drafting of a new radio broadcasting law and a national plan for internet access, make this an auspicious time

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A key moment for getting spectrum in the public agenda in Peru

12 December 2011 (CEPES for APC)

Opportunities are emerging in the Peruvian political scenario to liberalise spectrum frequencies for open and community use. However academic institutions and civil society must participate get more involved in the policy and project debates say Maicu Alvarado y Gabriela Perona in a new report for APC.

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New Publication by the Canadian Journal of Communication - Democratizing Communication Policy in the Americas: Why It Matters

Canada

The Canadian Journal of Communication has published a special issue titled Democratizing Communication Policy in the Americas: Why It Matters, V36 #1/2011.

As Dr Roberta G.

APC's submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Ecuador

QUITO 23 November 2011 (APC for APCNews)

APC’s submission for Ecuador to the Universal Period Review process, with support from CIESPAL and Radialistas Apasionadas y Apasionados, highlights the critical importance of the Internet for human rights, as well as social and economic development.

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Panel identifies crucial link between online safety and social activism

BUENOS AIRES 21 November 2011 (Dafne Sabanes Plou for PARM APC)

A recent panel on “Social movements and data security” held at the University of Costa Rica highlights the crucial importance of information security to today’s activists.

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The need to build alliances in Ecuador for better spectrum use and regulation

15 November 2011 (CIESPAL for APC)

Ecuador’s new constitution has created opportunities for democratising the spectrum based on a renewed vision of rights, and clearer definitions of the competencies required by the bodies that formulate policy and regulations. The priority now are civil society discussions on the legal reforms the new constitution demands says Marco Navas Alvear.

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Finding a balance in spectrum regulation in Venezuela

15 November 2011 (EsLaRed for APC)

Venezuela’s socialist development model has brought about significant changes favouring the democratisation of spectrum say Sandra Benítez and Ermanno Pietrosemoli in a new study for APC. But doubts remain about who will loosen the private sector’s grip on the sector. Civil society plays a key watchdog role to ensure that the steps taken benefit the state, rather than the government of the day.

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Mexico: ICT and environmental policies must be linked

MONTEVIDEO 14 November 2011 (AF for APCNews)

There is a lack of awareness in Mexico of the environmental harm caused by the present models of production, consumption and disposal of electronic waste. However, there is also a lack of awareness of the positive role that ICT can play in mitigating climate change.

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ICT and environment in Costa Rica: Closing the gap between words and deeds

MONTEVIDEO 7 November 2011 (AF for APCNews)

Laws on climate change and waste management in Costa Rica have existed since 2009. However, despite appearing on paper, there has been little progress in putting them into practice. If the situation does not change, the country will not become carbon neutral by 2021.

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