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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)

9 May 2018

Join our first Open House event!

Latin American and Caribbean Bureau organizes the first Open House event on May 9, with the aim of sharing with the community a little about what we do, our Chapters, programs available for the community and our focus for 2018.

We have identified four campaigns as our focus for 2018 and in addition to our Open House, we will also be providing webinars throughout the month of May on these topics.

List of Sessions in May 2018

1. Open House LAC
Topic: General information about Internet Society and the focus for 2018
Taught by Nancy Quirós, Development Manager of LAC Chapters

a. Spanish Session: May 9, 18 UTC, https://isoc.zoom.us/j/294519650
b. English session: May 9, 20 UTC, https://isoc.zoom.us/j/727940863

2. Community Networks
Taught by Sebastián Bellagamba, LAC Regional Director

a. Spanish Session: May 16, 18 UTC, https://isoc.zoom.us/j/356349764
b. English session: May 16, 20 UTC, https://isoc.zoom.us/j/884482566

3. The importance of the Multi-Stakeholder Model
Taught by Raquel Gatto, Public Policy Advisor, LAC

a. Spanish: May 18, 16 UTC, https://isoc.zoom.us/j/260909682
b. English: May 18, 18 UTC, https://isoc.zoom.us/j/913369696

4. Internet of Things and Security
Taught by Shernon Osepa, Regional Affairs Manager, LAC

a. Spanish: May 28, 16 UTC, https://isoc.zoom.us/j/873334267
b. English: May 28, 18 UTC, https://isoc.zoom.us/j/324231757

5. Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS)
Taught by Christian O’Flaherty, Senior Development Manager, LAC

a. Spanish: May 30, 16 UTC, https://isoc.zoom.us/j/158335371
b. English: May 30, 18 UTC, https://isoc.zoom.us/j/978891382

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Latin America & Caribbean news

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Latin America & Caribbean newsletter

Newsletter from Latin America and the Caribbean Bureau – February 2019
Newsletters 22 February 2019

Newsletter from Latin America and the Caribbean Bureau – February 2019

Message from the Regional Bureau Chief 2018 was a year of changes and evolution for our organization. Therefore, the...

LAC Newsletter – October 2018 Edition
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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

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Latin America & Caribbean team

Sebastian Bellagamba

Regional Bureau Director, Latin America and The Caribbean

Raquel Gatto

Senior Policy Manager

Nancy Quiros

Regional Community Engagement 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.