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Updates from our Latin America and the Caribbean Chapters

March 2019

January 2019

South School of Internet Governance 2019 to be held in Mexico City

The South School of Internet Governance 2019 will be held in Mexico City from May 13 to 17, in collaboration with the Internet Association MX. The discussion in social networks can be found in the hashtag #SSIG2019.

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Puerto Rico felt in love with the Internet

The Puerto Rico Chapter, in collaboration with ICANN and the Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS), celebrated the “Fall in love with the Internet” event on February 15. The topics addressed were functioning of the Internet, the composition of its ecosystem and the mechanisms of participation. In addition to the chapter members, Nancy Quirós also participated in her role as Chapter Development Manager of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Internet Society.

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Trinidad and Tobago: Executive Members advice body on security standards

Tracy Hackshaw and Niran Beharry, members of the Executive Committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Chapter are part of a group of experts convened by the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS). The group will review the national adoption of two ISO standards related to information security.

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Puerto Rico Chapter Meeting

On January 21st, the Puerto Rico Chapter held its first 2019 meeting, during which the new Chapter officers were elected. The Board of Directors members are: Norberto Cruz, President; José R. de la Cruz, Vice President; César M. López, Treasurer; and Miguel Vélez, Secretary. Eduardo Díaz will be the Chapter representative to the ChAC. In addition, as members of the Board were elected Alfredo Calderón, Miguel Bauzá, James Lynn, Lenis Torres, Barbara Ann Ortiz, Denisse Rodríguez and José Pabón.

23th Anniversary of the Mexico Chapter

On the occasion of its 23rd anniversary, the Mexico Chapter will hold a cycle of conferences on various topics. The first one took place on February 12 and focused on MANRS.

Strengthening cybersecurity awareness in Mexico

Taking into account the existence of security incidents on the Internet, a multistakeholder group of members of the Mexico Chapter allied with more than 65 people to share knowledge and experiences, make synergies and support the strengthening of cybersecurity objectives in the country. In the future, the Chapter visualizes the conformation of specialized working groups.

More information with Julia Bernuy at bernuy@unam.mx.

Panama Chapter's Webinar on Multistakeholder Model

As part of the projects initiated during the Workshop for Chapter Leaders in the region, the Panama Chapter held a virtual seminar dedicated to the multistakeholder model. The activity, designed by the Chapter Executive Council, was open to the entire community of the LAC region and was held in Spanish on February 16.

Free course on Internet Governance

The Colombia Chapter, in collaboration with the Universidad Externado de Colombia, has designed a free course in Spanish on Internet Governance, which is available on the MiriadaX platform. The course lasts 4 weeks and has started on February 18. 

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November 2018

Welcome to the Colombia Chapter!

The creation of the Colombia Chapter was officially announced on 6 December 2018 at Universidad del Rosario, in Bogotá. The Chapter encouraged the need to generate programs, projects, and initiatives for social development in Colombia supported in the massive access and use of the Internet.

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Ecuador: National IGF, 2018 edition

The Ecuador Chapter took part of the National IGF meeting in the country, on November 10, 2018. A video message from Raul Echeberría, Vice-President of Global Engagement of Internet Society was shared during the Opening Ceremony. The conversation in social media was carried out under the hashtag #IGF2018Ec.

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Puerto Rico: Internet Day

On November 2nd, the Puerto Rico Chapter partnered with Hispanic Education Technology Services (HETS), Dot PR and the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Campus Aguadilla to carry out the Internet Day celebration in Puerto Rico. A short video can be found here.

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Paraguay: 5th National IGF meeting

The Paraguay Chapter took part of the Fifth National IGF in Paraguay, carried out from 6 to 9 November, 2018. Several Chapter members took part of diverse activities during the three days of the meeting.

The event was well attended by participants onsite and online through YouTube.

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Peru: TechCamp, regional collaboration against crime

Some members of the Peru Chapter took part of TechCamp Peru, a regional workshop focused in the use of technology as a tool to fight the crime in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The workshop was carried out from 7 to 10 November 2018 in Peru and counted with the participation of people from Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru.

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Nicaragua: Basic workshop on Wikipedia

The Nicaragua Chapter partnered with the SIG Women, Wikimedia Foundation and the Centroamericana University to offer a workshop on basic Wikipedia edition focused on women teachers of Nicaragua. The event was carried out in November 17, 2018.

Participation during IGF 2018

Several members from the Latin America and the Caribbean Region took part of the 13th meeting of the IGF, which was carried out from 12 to 14 November, in Paris, France. Some of them had the opportunity to moderate sessions and to take part of the conversations during the diverse sessions of the meeting.

IGF Bolivia

2018 has been closed in Bolivia with the celebration of the second National IGF meeting. The event took part on 5 and 6 December.

October 2018

Argentina Chapter: Wireless and mobile communications

ISOC Argentina and the University of Palermo organized the open talk: “Wireless and mobile communications. Yesterday, today and tomorrow “, with the visit of Dr. Katz from the University of Oulu, Finland.

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Haiti Chapter participated in different activities in the last month

Christelle Vaval and Jean Nahum Constant, two members of the Board of Internet Society Haiti and the ICANN fellows attended the ICANN 64 meeting in Barcelona.

On the other hand, the second edition of Haiti Cyber Con was held on October 20 and 21, two days of conferences on cybersecurity.

In addition, the Chapter is carrying out Smart Class, an IoT project in the country. It seeks to promote the IoT and its security in Haitian schools.

Peru Chapter: Webinar on SIG Youth

On Wednesday, October 24, the Peru Chapter held its second bi-monthly Webinar. These webinars are an initiative that seeks to decentralize the work carried out by the Chapter, facilitating the participation of people who can not be present in Lima, but who work or have ideas related to the development of Internet in the country.

On this occasion, the guest was Elisson Diones Cazumbá, President of the Internet Society SIG Youth, who spoke of the work he does and provided an opportunity for young people in the community to exchange experiences with him and ask him questions of interest.

Peru Chapter: Successful, the 4th National Digital Democracy Meeting

The Peru Chapter collaborated with D & D International – Digital Democracy to carry out the Fourth National Digital Democracy Meeting. The event was held on September 20 in Lima, Peru, with around 40 speakers, including six candidates for mayor of Lima.

The event aroused great interest and attracted a well-attended audience throughout the day, reaching up to 400 people. The streaming reached more than 18 thousand people. It is worth mentioning that during the day, the hashtag #DemocraciaDigital held the first place among the trending topics of Twitter.