Latin America & the Caribbean

Every laptop assigned a child
Every laptop assigned a child 16 October 2007 Miguel Peirano

Journalist Miguel Peirano finds that "Many people think that a laptop for every child is a magic solution and that just giving the children a machine will make them happy," in his well-documented opinion piece about the CEIBAL Plan. This Uruguyan adaptation of the One Laptop Per Child project turns this South American nation into the only country in the world that has adopted, as government policy, the proposal to endow every schoolchild with a low-cost laptop connected to the internet.

Paraguay accused of attacking net neutrality
Paraguay accused of attacking net neutrality 15 October 2007 APCNews

“An attack on net neutrality and an act of censorship,” was how Miguel Acosta, editor of a New York-based Paraguayan newspaper referred to the measure taken by the Paraguayan Communication Company to block access to internet telephony or voice over internet protocol (VoIP). Civil society has responded forcefully to this situation.

Monitoring ICT policy in Latin America
Monitoring ICT policy in Latin America 22 August 2007 APC

APC’s ICT policy projects monitor relevant policy developments at national and regional levels. This involves research, building online content (through websites and e-newsletters) and networks, and implementing capacity-building workshops with civil society organisations.

Agreement between the Chilean government and the Microsoft Corporation: the Chilean digital strategy is in rough waters
Agreement between the Chilean government and the Microsoft Corporation: the Chilean digital strategy is in rough waters 16 August 2007 Patricia Peña for APCNews

Emails, text messages and the media spread the word: the Chilean government has signed one of the broadest known-agreements to date with the Microsoft Corporation, covering aspects of education, management of personal data, and support for local governments (municipalities) and the micro enterprise sector.

The sky’s the limit: new wireless connection record - 382 kilometres
The sky’s the limit: new wireless connection record - 382 kilometres 04 June 2007 AL for APCNews

“This is a technology that works, a proven technology, and what it needs is a bit more promotion,” said Ermanno Pietrosemoli just days after reaching a new wireless connection record of 382 kilometres. The president of Venezuelan APC member EsLaRed spoke with APCNews by conference call about this low-cost solution that is impacting the world’s rural communities.

Wireless networking: Technical training scholarships offered
Wireless networking: Technical training scholarships offered 25 April 2007 Karel Novotny for APCNews

Applications are now being accepted until May 18 for technical training scholarships that will cover expenses for attending the first workshop of the TRICALCAR project. This community based wireless networks project is initiated by APC-members in South America. The workshop will be held in Huaral, Peru from July 16 to 21, 2007.

Going autonomous with wireless networks
Going autonomous with wireless networks 05 March 2007 Karel Novotny

“TRICALCAR” is a Spanish abbreviation that stands for Weaving Wireless Community Networks in Latin America and the Caribbean. But much more than an abbreviation, it is in fact a project. It brings together ten partner organisations that are all dedicated to training Latin American computer network administrators in building and administering community wireless networks.

Huaral Valley: wireless technology for traditional agriculture
Huaral Valley: wireless technology for traditional agriculture 28 January 2007 AL for APCNews

Huaral is a coastal valley in Peru with a desert climate where it never rains. It is also the name of an initiative that CEPES, APC member in Peru, is carrying out in the region. And above all, it is proof that the creative use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) can improve the lives of farmers in an entire region, if not beyond. APCNews spoke to Maicu Alvarado of CEPES in Dec...

Evaluation report on APC Communications and Information Policy Programme
Evaluation report on APC Communications and Information Policy Programme 12 April 2006 Debbie Budlender

The goals of the evaluation as defined by APC were to enable learning that can be channeled into addressing problems and increasing the impact of CIPP activity; assess the extent to which APC met the stated goals and deliverables of the project activity being evaluated; assess outcomes of APC’s CIPP activity in terms of its goals; and to assess outcomes of APC’s participation in the WSIS pr...

Launch of Brazil's first Observatory of Public Policies on Infoinclusion
Launch of Brazil's first Observatory of Public Policies on Infoinclusion 03 December 2003 RITS

APC’s member in Brazil, RITS, set up the OPPI site as a web-based tool for monitoring, analyzing and undertaking projects and policies which contribute to infoinclusion, as well as covering other issues related to democratization of ICTs in Brazil.

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