Latin America & the Caribbean

TEDIC Paraguay: Mass surveillance in the context of state emergency
TEDIC Paraguay: Mass surveillance in the context of state emergency 07 January 2021 Paloma Lara Castro para TEDIC

Unprecedented levels of surveillance, data exploitation, and misinformation are being tested across the world. It is important to examine how these technological solutions will impact democracy at the global level, both during this emergency period and moving forward.

Intervozes: Brazil Justice condemns Google for prior censorship for removing content
Intervozes: Brazil Justice condemns Google for prior censorship for removing content 06 January 2021 Intervozes

Videos from Brazilian NGO Intervozes have been removed from YouTube for alleged copyright infringement. State Judicial branch recognized the illegality of the Content ID mechanism.

Women in community networks in Latin America: The story of Belem
Women in community networks in Latin America: The story of Belem 17 December 2020 Marcela Guerra and Cezar Renzi for GenderIT.org

GenderIT and Locnet invited women who work in CNs to share their experiences in the times of COVID-19 and their reflections on what these times have revealed around centering meaningful communication in their physical and digital communities.

Community Networks Stories: How community networks from Latin America partnered up for learning, sharing and caring
Community Networks Stories: How community networks from Latin America partnered up for learning, sharing and caring 17 December 2020 ORCAL

The Latin American Community Networks Organisation for Technological Appropiation (ORCAL) is a joint initiative of Latin American community networks and network builders to reinforce their individual and collective sustainability.

“We are struggling to survive”: Resistance against mining in Acacoyagua, Chiapas
“We are struggling to survive”: Resistance against mining in Acacoyagua, Chiapas 15 December 2020 Jes Ciacci (Sursiendo)

In Latin America, efforts to defend the region’s territories have used diverse strategies aimed at caring for people’s lives and their environment. The experience in Acacoyagua shows us how a strong organisational process and non-violent direct actions can succeed in stopping contamination.

Offensive against Sleeping Giants Brazil may set a dangerous precedent
Offensive against Sleeping Giants Brazil may set a dangerous precedent 09 December 2020 Bruno Marinoni and Marina Pita

In May 2020, a Twitter profile called Sleeping Giants Brazil emerged and started to publicly call for advertising companies to acknowledge their responsibility in the fight against so-called "fake news", pressuring them not to finance channels that propagate this type of content.

"We will observe the evaluation and preparatory trial hearing of the Ola Bini case"
"We will observe the evaluation and preparatory trial hearing of the Ola Bini case" 02 December 2020 Various

Ola Bini is a computer expert and human rights defender facing a political-judicial process in Ecuador since April 2019. The undersigned Ecuadorian and international civil society organisations have set up a mission to observe the preparatory hearing and trial evaluation of 3 December 2020.

Community Networks Stories: A digital communications system geared to the needs and local context of remote communities in the Amazon
Community Networks Stories: A digital communications system geared to the needs and local context of remote communities in the Amazon 17 November 2020 Isabel Harari for Instituto Socioambiental (ISA)

Instituto Socioambiental (ISA) and the Brazilian Association of Digital Radio (ABRADIG) worked together with local and indigenous communities in Extractive Reserves in Pará, Brazil to co-create an appropriate digital two-way communication system through high frequency or HF radio.

Bárbara Paes on Black feminist cyberactivists in Brazil and the neoliberalism of "women in tech"
Bárbara Paes on Black feminist cyberactivists in Brazil and the neoliberalism of "women in tech" 17 November 2020 Ani Phoebe Hao for GenderIT.org

Ani Hao interviews Bárbara Paes, a young Brazilian feminist, co-founder of Minas Programam. In this conversation they delve into Black feminist activism in Brazil, feminism funding and the co-optation of gender issues in technology spaces.

Community networks and COVID-19 in the Americas region
Community networks and COVID-19 in the Americas region 16 October 2020 REDES A.C. in collaboration with APC

This article presents a compilation of responses from community networks in the face of COVID-19 based on a dialogue organised by APC, as well as articles published by community networks in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, the United States and Mexico.

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