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About Internet Society 15 January 2019

Update on Latin America and Caribbean Workshop for Chapter Leaders

Nancy Quiros
By Nancy QuirosSenior Manager, Community Engagement - Latin America

In July 2018, the Internet Society’s Latin America and Caribbean Bureau held another edition of the Workshop for Chapter Leaders. Besides discussing the challenges and opportunities of participation in their respective chapters, the 34 attendees began the implementation of several projects related to our 4 key issues of 2018. Starting 2019, I am glad to share with you the main results of these projects.

Participation showed a strong preference for Internet access issues. As a result, 10 of the 23 projects implemented were focused on Community Networks. Following our vocation in favor of the multistakeholder approach and the participation of the community, 8 of the projects took Internet Governance as a central theme. The remaining 5 projects focused on trust and security by focusing on Internet of Things (IoT) and Internet routing security through MANRS.

The results are inspiring, since they reflect the diversity of the Latin American and Caribbean region. In Community Networks, projects include a broad spectrum of related topics, ranging from the deployment and implementation of networks to the analysis and mapping of regulatory conditions to ensure such deployment. In addition, some of the projects focused on capacity building through webinars.

In terms of Internet Governance, awareness and capacity building were the most preferred ways of implementation. This is the same course taken by the projects related to IoT security. The participants who implemented these projects identified the need to carry out campaigns using the information resources offered by Internet Society.

Facing 2019, we are sure that we’ll maintain and increase the level of participation of the Chapters in the region. The year will be full of exciting challenges that we will face as a community. Our main goal will be to work together in favor of an open, globally-connected, secure, and trustworthy Internet for everyone.

Help build a digital future that puts people first. #SwitchItOn

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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