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Latin America & Caribbean

The Regional Bureau in Latin America & Caribbean acts as an advisor to other Internet Society departments on issues affecting our work. It provides critical insight on local business, technology and policy issues to the Internet Society and its stakeholders. The Bureau works with Chapters to grow individual memberships, support their initiatives and help them advance in their support of the Internet Society’s mission and values. This includes the focus on building trust and providing transparent guidance for Chapters and helping each chapter develop strong projects.

Regional focus

Access: Policies and Infrastructure

IXPs, Community networks
Technical and policy capacity building

Digital Economy

Level playing field, taxation, jurisdiction, money flows

Development

Capacity Development: Training and Resources to Empower Communities
Benefits to people, communities of practice

Internet Governance

Internet Governance ecosystem, capacity and community building:

Advocating for the SDGs implementations, especially in Access/Infrastructure, Gender and Education and in promoting a healthy IG ecosystem (regional and national IGFs, WTDC-17,etc)
Shaping IG dialogue to promote on Internet for Sustainable Development
Strengthening policy relationships in LAC region

Privacy and security

Surveillance, filtering and blocking, user perspective
Assessing the impact of Internet access and restrictions (human rights)

Trust

Applying ISOC’s Trust Framework:

Case studies with chapters: landing the Trust framework principles and recommendations into practical examples from the LAC chapters/countries
Caribbean Cybersecurity Fora: bring together regulators and high level executives to develop a common plan on cybersecurity.
Trusted and Secured networks (MANRS)

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Latin America & Caribbean news

The Presence of Community Networks in Latin America and the Caribbean
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Community Networks 5 October 2018

The Presence of Community Networks in Latin America and the Caribbean

The community of Latin America and the Caribbean has maintained an incessant activity in community networks topics, particularly during...

From Imagination to Action: In Latin America, Building the Internet That Women Want
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Internet Governance 6 September 2018

From Imagination to Action: In Latin America, Building the Internet That Women Want

In 1843, Ada Lovelace published “Sketch of the analytical engine invented by Charles Babbage” in the book Scientific Memoirs. But because...

Community Networks Workshop at CANTO Annual Conference
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Community Networks 10 August 2018

Community Networks Workshop at CANTO Annual Conference

Globally, significant progress has been made in recent years with respect to Internet access, however, much more needs to...

LACIGF Workshop for Chapter Leaders: The Internet Should Reach Everyone
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About Internet Society 6 August 2018

LACIGF Workshop for Chapter Leaders: The Internet Should Reach Everyone

Inside the framework of the 11th meeting of LACIGF, the Internet Society’s Regional Bureau in Latin America & Caribbean successfully...

Las Marías of Azacualpa: Internet for Raising Women’s Voices
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Beyond the Net 2 August 2018

Las Marías of Azacualpa: Internet for Raising Women’s Voices

Azacualpa Yamaranguila, a village in the Intibuca region in Honduras, is celebrating. And not for nothing. Last Saturday was a historic day as they accessed...

Buenos Aires Will Be the Place for Internet Governance This Week
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Internet Governance 30 July 2018

Buenos Aires Will Be the Place for Internet Governance This Week

Without a doubt, this will be a busy week for the Internet Society in Latin America and the Caribbean! ...

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Latin America & Caribbean newsletter

LAC Newsletter – September 2018 Edition
Newsletters 2 October 2018

LAC Newsletter – September 2018 Edition

The Internet Governance Forum 2018 meeting is approaching; we invite you to actively contribute to the diverse activities which...

LAC Newsletter – August 2018 Edition
Newsletters 28 August 2018

LAC Newsletter – August 2018 Edition

The regional community gathered in Buenos Aires to celebrate the 2018 edition of LACIGF, while the Regional Bureau for...

LAC Newsletter – July 2018 Edition
Newsletters 30 July 2018

LAC Newsletter – July 2018 Edition

Half of the world’s population still does not have access to the Internet. In this context, Andrew Sullivan will...

LAC Newsletter – June 2018 Edition
Newsletters 27 June 2018

LAC Newsletter – June 2018 Edition

In order to put people in the center of the Internet, the Internet Society and Consumers International formed a...

LAC Newsletter – May 2018 Edition
Newsletters 28 May 2018

LAC Newsletter – May 2018 Edition

The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Internet Society with LAC-IX and LACNIC establishes a reference framework for cooperation...

LAC Newsletter – April 2018 Edition
Newsletters 9 May 2018

LAC Newsletter – April 2018 Edition

The Internet Society is deeply committed to an Internet trusted by its users. In a connected world, everyone is...

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Latin America & Caribbean team

Sebastian Bellagamba

Regional Bureau Director for Latin America and The Caribbean

Raquel Gatto

Regional Policy Advisor

Nancy Quiros

Chapter Development Manager, Latin America and Caribbean Region

Christian O'Flaherty

Senior Development Manager for Latin America and The Caribbean Bureau

Shernon Osepa

Manager, Regional Affairs for Latin America & The Caribbean Bureau

Israel Rosas

Outreach Manager - Latin American and the Caribbean

Our Chapters and members in the Latin America & Caribbean

The Internet Society’s Latin America & Caribbean region currently counts 13,210 individual members, out of whom 8,748 are also members of one of our 27 Chapters in the region. In the last two years , the region has grown 80% in Chapters and 46% in total members.