Latin America & the Caribbean

International civil society organisations demand that the Colombian government immediately stop its repression of the protests and guarantee the exercise of human rights, offline and online
International civil society organisations demand that the Colombian government immediately stop its repression of the protests and guarantee the exercise of human rights, offline and online 05 May 2021 Various

We firmly reject the violent repression in Colombia in response to the massive protests which began on 28 April. The Colombian state has the obligation to adopt the necessary measures to guarantee freedom of assembly and association and freedom of speech, on the internet and on the streets.

Summary of the joint stakeholder report to the UPR 38th session on online gender-based violence and access to justice in Paraguay
Summary of the joint stakeholder report to the UPR 38th session on online gender-based violence and access to justice in Paraguay 04 May 2021 TEDIC and APC

The joint report presented to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group ahead of its 38th session by TEDIC and APC consists of information around three specific areas related to online gender-based violence and access to justice in Paraguay. A synthesis of each of them is offered here.

The contribution of bell hooks and Paulo Freire to the construction of community networks
The contribution of bell hooks and Paulo Freire to the construction of community networks 31 March 2021 Daiane Araujo dos Santos for GenderIT.org

Daiane Araujo dos Santos discusses the link between popular education and community networks, and argues that class, race and gender should be part of the analysis in the implementation of autonomous infrastructure and technical training dedicated to digitally excluded communities.

Community networks recognition: Local Networks initiative and projects from Tosepan and IBEBrasil nominated for the WSIS Prizes 2021
Community networks recognition: Local Networks initiative and projects from Tosepan and IBEBrasil nominated for the WSIS Prizes 2021 11 March 2021 APCNews

The voting period is now open and will close on 31 March 2021. Find out how to vote and help us to support the global recognition of community networks initiatives.

Landmark ruling in Mexico allows communities to provide service in areas that the telecoms market does not reach
Landmark ruling in Mexico allows communities to provide service in areas that the telecoms market does not reach 02 February 2021 APCNews

Organisations that help communities build and manage their own low-cost, open-source communications infrastructure are celebrating a landmark victory: exemption from radio spectrum fees.

APC, Rhizomatica and 48percent.org join efforts to support community network responses to COVID-19
APC, Rhizomatica and 48percent.org join efforts to support community network responses to COVID-19 07 January 2021 48percent.org and APCNews

In a partnership with APC and Rhizomatica's LocNet initiative, 48percent.org is supporting five organisations, in Argentina, India, Mexico, Nigeria and Uganda, in their efforts to strengthen community networks and respond to the challenges in the face of COVID-19.

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

This comic was inspired by interviews conducted with women who work with community networks in Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, as a way of capturing their experiences in the form of an illustration that collects all their stories.

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.

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