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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

Developing Community Networks in Northern Brazil: Strengthening Marginalized Communities
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Community Networks 13 December 2018

Developing Community Networks in Northern Brazil: Strengthening Marginalized Communities

Today’s guest author is Carlos Afonso, executive director of Instituto Nupef. Our aim is to contribute to the growth...

A New Voice Joins the Chorus: Welcome to the Colombia Chapter!
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About Internet Society 6 December 2018

A New Voice Joins the Chorus: Welcome to the Colombia Chapter!

A new Internet Society Chapter has been founded within the Regional Bureau in Latin America & Caribbean. The creation...

El Buen Fin: Tips to Shop Smart
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Internet of Things (IoT) 16 November 2018

El Buen Fin: Tips to Shop Smart

Last week I had the opportunity to participate in the first edition of the International Internet and Entrepreneurship Forum...

In Azacualpa, Honduras: “Smart Communities” Help Preserve Collective Memory
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Community Networks 15 November 2018

In Azacualpa, Honduras: “Smart Communities” Help Preserve Collective Memory

Access to the Internet can change people’s lives for the better. This is particularly true when communities take ownership...

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...

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Latin America & Caribbean newsletter

LAC Newsletter – October 2018 Edition
Newsletters 1 November 2018

LAC Newsletter – October 2018 Edition

Andrew Sullivan, CEO of The Internet Society, participated in ICANN 63 and shared the importance of the multi-stakeholder model...

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...

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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.