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The IGF Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) space gathered participants from LAC regional organisations to share their current achievements and plans. The exchange of ideas and synergies reported a productive 2019 and predicted a dynamic 2020.

Much research and reporting are being done on topics as diverse as data governance, artificial intelligence (AI), and human rights. This is being more effectively shared for further study and application. Support for a new round of projects will be available from FRIDA - the Regional Fund for Digital Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Common themes among diverse organisations highlighted ways to strengthen each others’ projects. There was widespread support for working together to advance topics and share regional challenges, successes, and results.

Other important points were briefly presented, such as:

  • Community networks for access to support the unreached, forgotten, and displaced

  • AI country reports and AI from a feminist perspective; the impact of AI and ethics

  • Sustained involvement in a LAC system of legislation and monitoring

  • Stable Internet structures, especially strengthening the DNS across the region

  • Translation of materials and capacity building and training in Spanish, English, and Portuguese from tech organisations, and educational initiatives like the LAC SSIG

  • A rapid response fund for digital rights and emergencies, and a helpline in Costa Rica with journalists, activists, and human rights defenders, giving support for incident response

  • Many other human rights concerns, including how to limit the Internet industry’s role in content moderation, but still address hate, violent, and sexist speech without infringing on freedom of expression

  • Several initiatives to build knowledge among legal and judicial actors, including defense experts and magistrates, with workshops and courses for specific topics like illegal online content.

  • New digital observatories for LAC priorities and digital democracy

  • Rap videos and talks to combat online violence by communicating with kids in ‘their own code’.

  • Enabling a secondary market in IPv4

  • New organisations for ISPs and IXPs in the region

  • Anycast Cloud offering services for ISPs, IXPs, and other cloud services

Especially important were approaches to improve the global IGF, bringing in LAC perspectives, and to develop and take advantage of national and regional IGFs for maximal regional benefit. A study on the LAC IGF process resulted in an updated strategy for the LAC IGF 2020. The new process will be based on the scheme shown here, starting from community discussion to define overall themes and workshop guidelines. Proposals will be gathered, and the most appropriate ones chosen. Study groups and reviews of successful examples and best-case scenarios, will be highlighted at intersessional activities. Results of intersessional work will be presented at the next annual meeting. This meeting will also hold a high-level meeting, including government representatives, to share the work being done.

IGF MAG members from the LAC region committed to assisting in any way possible and to taking LAC concerns to the IGF MAG.

IGF LAC

 By Ginger Paque

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