Latin America & the Caribbean

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Meet the community networks studied during the research
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Meet the community networks studied during the research 26 March 2020

The research publication "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South", authored by Nicola J. Bidwell and Michael Jensen and launched in 2019, studied the benefits of, and challenges facing, small-scale, community-based connectivity projects. The report presented the findings gathered through visits to 12 rural community networks in the global South, in addition to information on a number of others compiled through...

Ecuador: Surveillance measures to confront the pandemic pose a threat to human rights
Ecuador: Surveillance measures to confront the pandemic pose a threat to human rights 19 March 2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, the government of Ecuador has announced its plans to use satellite monitoring and georeferencing systems to track individuals as part of the disease containment measures. The announcement was made on 17 March alongside the declaration of a state of emergency, and has sparked the concern of both national and international organisations that work to defend human rights. While emergency measures like these are adopted with the aim of slowing t...

Ecuador: Surveillance technologies implemented to confront COVID-19 must not endanger human rights
Ecuador: Surveillance technologies implemented to confront COVID-19 must not endanger human rights 19 March 2020 APC and Derechos Digitales

The undersigned organisations, which are dedicated to the promotion and defence of human rights, express their concern over the announcement of the use of satellite monitoring and georeferencing systems to track individuals as part of the disease containment measures established in Ecuador. The announcement was made on 17 March 2020 by Interior Minister María Paula Romo, [1] who announced a se...

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Why is research on community networks necessary?
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Why is research on community networks necessary? 18 March 2020

The research publication "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South", authored by Nicola J. Bidwell and Michael Jensen and launched in 2019, studied the benefits of, and challenges facing, small-scale, community-based connectivity projects. The ultimate goal of the research was to contribute to creating a more enab...

"Communication is a basic right": Training for Latin American indigenous communities to develop their own communications and broadcasting networks
"Communication is a basic right": Training for Latin American indigenous communities to develop their own communications and broadcasting networks 12 March 2020 APCNews

“Communication is a basic, fundamental right. It’s a human right, it’s a right of all communities. Also because spectrum, the space where waves are transmitted, is part of the territory where communities live.” These are the words of one of the participants in the Training Programme for Technical Promoters of Communication and Broadcasting Network Technologies in Indigenous Communities ...

Observing the evaluation and preparatory trial hearing of the Ola Bini case
Observing the evaluation and preparatory trial hearing of the Ola Bini case 03 March 2020 Various

Ola Bini is a computer expert and human rights defender recognised worldwide, who is facing a political-judicial process in Ecuador since April 2019. In regards to this, the Ecuadorian and international civil society organisations signing below have decided to attend, as observers, the preparatory hearing and trial evaluation of 5 March 2020. This decision is based on a shared concern: the poss...

Nodes that bond: Meet the women building community networks in rural Brazil
Nodes that bond: Meet the women building community networks in rural Brazil 27 January 2020 APCNews

"To me it was an extremely interesting experience, something I had never seen anywhere before: the possibility of a truly safe environment to express what we think and feel, to clarify our doubts, start to grasp where women are placed within the world of technology, and actually learn things.” This is how one of the participants described the women’s circle presented in this video, “Nodes...

Open letter to Brazilian authorities on the charges against journalist Glenn Greenwald
Open letter to Brazilian authorities on the charges against journalist Glenn Greenwald 24 January 2020 Various

Presidente da República, Jair Bolsonaro Presidente da Câmara dos Deputados, Rodrigo Felinto Ibarra Epitácio Maia Presidente do Senado, David Samuel Alcolumbre Tobelem Presidente do Supremo Tribunal Federal, José Antonio Dias Toffoli Procurador Geral da República, Antônio Augusto Brandão de Aras Corregedora Geral do Ministério Público Federal, Elizeta Maria de Paiva Ramos Procuradora Fe...

Civil society organisations condemn cybercrime charges against journalist Glenn Greenwald by Brazilian authorities
Civil society organisations condemn cybercrime charges against journalist Glenn Greenwald by Brazilian authorities 24 January 2020

APC joins over 40 organisations in an open letter to Brazilian authorities condemning the charges against investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald. The letter denounces Brazilian authorities’ criminal investigation and the charges brought against Greenwald, and calls on the prosecutor’s office to drop them immediately. "These charges represent a straightforward attempt to intimidate and ret...

Report on use of ICTs for enabling economic, social and cultural rights in Chile
Report on use of ICTs for enabling economic, social and cultural rights in Chile 23 January 2020 APC and Derechos Digitales

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Derechos Digitales welcome the opportunity to submit this Parallel Report ahead of the 66th session of the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR). This submission is centred on cross-cutting issues related to the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) affecting the ex...

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