Latin America & the Caribbean

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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APC chosen once again as eLAC2015 liaison

BUENOS AIRES 3 March 2011 (APC for APC)

Various social organisations that have been working together since 2005 to shape the information society in Latin America and the Caribbean have once again chosen APC to act as the civil society liaison within the eLAC2015 Plan of Action. Latin American and Caribbean governments in the Third Ministerial Conference on the Information Society approved the plan in November 2010.

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New mechanisms for linking research & policy – Initial workshop

Location: 
Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica
Date and time: 
Feb 22 2011 - 9:00am - Feb 23 2011 - 6:00pm

Thirty people, including participants, resource people and expert trainers, will participate in a two-day workshop in Kingston, Jamaica 22-23 February 2011.

Developed by: 
CGIAR Challenge Programme on Water and Food (CPWF) basin focal project for the Andes BFP-ANDES
Description: 

The CPWF Basin Focal Project for the Andes system of basins is working with a range of local stakeholders to develop a better understanding of the mechanisms for improving the productivity of water in the Andes.

Go to direct to resource: 
http://testing.policysupport.org/cgi-bin/ecoengine/start.cgi
Contact person: 
Mark Mulligan
Contact email: 
mark.mulligan@kcl.ac.uk
Type of access: 
open, registration required to save results
Type of information available online: 
policy support system, scenarios, spatial models, watershed management

FTX Mexico Videos Now on YouTube

Mexico

“Yo elijo a mi pareja” (I choose my partner) say women of all ages, shapes, sizes and sexual orientation in the FTX video, created by participants at the Feminist Tech Exchange (FTX) in Mexico in July 2010. Videos are now up on YouTube!

Transgender women use Facebook to lobby UN

BUENOS AIRES 8 November 2010 (KAH for APCNews)

After Maria Rocha attended an APC Feminist Tech Exchange she set up a Facebook profile for Primorosa Preciosura – her organisation’s “safe house” for people of diverse sexualities. She didn´t really know what the benefits might be but wanted to try out some of the skills she had learned at the workshop. Months later she was at the United Nations in New York representing lesbian and trans women from the heartland of Argentina’s conservative Catholic North.

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