Latin America & the Caribbean

On the attacks of the Temer government against the Internet Steering Committee in Brazil
On the attacks of the Temer government against the Internet Steering Committee in Brazil 11 August 2017 Brazil Coalition on Network Rights

At APC, we are concerned at the increasing undermining of democracy and due process in Brazil, in particular through the implication of media conglomerates in the unfolding events. APC believes that the media should serve the public interest, both online and offline, and that the internet is a critical platform for alternative media voices, and in this regard we encourage policy and regulation that support an open internet and media diversity. After the...

What's new on the spectrum? "Regulation cannot be static: Flexibility is required to accompany technological advances" - A conversation with Carlos Afonso from Nupef
What's new on the spectrum? "Regulation cannot be static: Flexibility is required to accompany technological advances" - A conversation with Carlos Afonso from Nupef 07 November 2018

Electromagnetic spectrum is ubiquitous. Like other common goods, spectrum has historically been subject to gradual curtailment and private ownership. At the same time, it continues to be invisible in political discussions. There are currently opportunities to change this scenario, which will largely depend on a new understanding of what the spectrum is and how to use it, as well as significant participation by civil society in debates and decisions about this important collective resource.&nb...

In defense of freedom of expression and the right to communicate: Intervozes' public note on the 2018 presidential elections in Brazil
In defense of freedom of expression and the right to communicate: Intervozes' public note on the 2018 presidential elections in Brazil 31 October 2018 Intervozes – Coletivo Brasil de Comunicação Social

In light of the result of the second round of elections, Intervozes – Coletivo Brasil de Comunicação Social is publicly expressing deep concern about the choice made by the majority of Brazilians who went to the polls this Sunday, October 28, and who elected Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) for the Presidency of the Republic.  It is public knowledge that the president-elect has made repeated state...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 11
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 11 25 October 2018

Welcome to the 11th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Call for grants The GSMA Connected Society will be launching its Connect Society Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity this October 2018. With support from the UK Department for International Development, the program fund aims to support innovative new technology solutions for connecting unserve...

APC members in 2017: Building and supporting community cellular networks in Brazil and Colombia
APC members in 2017: Building and supporting community cellular networks in Brazil and Colombia 29 September 2018 Rhizomatica

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. Thanks to support through an APC subgrant, Rhizomatica was able to support a number of emerging initiatives in Brazil and Colombia regarding community cellular networks. These are basically community-based networks that use 2G cellular technology as a way to facilitate communication between people...

APC members in 2017: Rhizomatica and AlterMundi train indigenous communicators in Mexico
APC members in 2017: Rhizomatica and AlterMundi train indigenous communicators in Mexico 29 September 2018 Rhizomatica and AlterMundi

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. Between October 2016 and May 2017, the first edition of the Diploma Course for Community Promoters in Telecommunications and Broadcasting was held in Mexico. Two member organisations of APC collaborated in this process: Rhizomatica, who taught the community cellular networks module, and ...

APC members in 2017: Nupef Institute launches collaborative multilingual website on spectrum usage policies and practices
APC members in 2017: Nupef Institute launches collaborative multilingual website on spectrum usage policies and practices 29 September 2018 Nupef Institute

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. The Nupef Institute supports the implementation of community networks in areas lacking internet access, both through the deployment of networks in regions that are not accessible (such as the Marohao communities in Maranhão where Nupef operated through 2017), and through the circulation of information...

APC members in 2017: Digital skills to strengthen digital rights for local communities in Argentina
APC members in 2017: Digital skills to strengthen digital rights for local communities in Argentina 29 September 2018 Nodo TAU

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on rights. In 2017 Nodo TAU focused on the capacity building of local organisations to strengthen their digital rights, with the support of an APC subgrant. Between August and December they coordinated a series of communication workshops (Taller de Comunicación, or TACO for short) on digital skills for local orga...

APC members in 2017: Kéfir cooks up autonomous feminist networks
APC members in 2017: Kéfir cooks up autonomous feminist networks 28 September 2018 Kéfir

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. In 2017, along with its Latin American transhackfeminist allies Vedetas and Periféricas, Kéfir started dismantling the patriarchal structures of the internet in the "Autonomous Feminist Networks" lab which took place during the EncontrADA 2017 technologies and ancestral knowledge gathering in Serrinh...

APC members in 2017: Latin America in a Glimpse 2017: Gender, feminism and the internet in Latin America
APC members in 2017: Latin America in a Glimpse 2017: Gender, feminism and the internet in Latin America 25 September 2018 Derechos Digitales

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on a feminist internet. The internet exists thanks to the work of many women who have been rendered invisible, shut out from spaces of power, and also subjected to violence. Different organisations around the world have attempted to respond to, fight back against and change this reality. We have learned a lot from...

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