Stories about Latin America

8 September 2016

Detention of News Site Director Raises Concerns for Venezuela's Freedom of Speech

Lawyer and journalist Braulio Jatar was arrested and accused of money laundering, but netizens and journalists believe his reporting on protests against president Nicolas Maduro was the real reason.

26 July 2016

So Long, Phone Companies. Mexico’s Indigenous Groups Are Getting Their Own Telecoms.

For the first time in history, the Mixe, Mixteco, and Zapoteco populations will get licenses to operate a telecommunications network for indigenous communities to access cellular and Internet services.

16 June 2016

In Defense of Free Software: My Case Against Lenovo in Mexico

Lenovo fails to inform its clients of the Secure Boot feature on the Lenovo Yoga 2, which restricts the right to install operating systems besides those authorized by Microsoft.

8 June 2016

In Venezuela, Electrical Shortages Limit Basic Communication — and Free Expression

Without electricity, communications via citizen media — a process by which citizens participate and influence their communities — cannot go far.

4 June 2016

War Has Been Declared Online Against ‘Fujitrolls’ in the Middle of Peru's Presidential Elections

In the middle of the presidential runoff campaign in Peru, cyber armies from both sides face off in a merciless battle online... and it appears Fujitrolls are in the lead.

27 May 2016

Netizen Report: Chilean Copyright Bill Could Eliminate Public Domain for Video, Music

Journalist Khadija Ismayilova wins court challenge in Azerbaijan, Vietnam censors Facebook and Instagram in the face of protests and the Nigerian Senate throws out ‘anti-social media bill’

23 May 2016

Venezuela: Research Confirms Censorship of News Platforms, Currency Websites

The study also confirmed that all local Internet service providers using DNS (domain name system) blocking, technique through which domain name servers respond incorrectly to requests for a particular domain.

19 May 2016

Mexico Launches National Transparency Platform

Mexico has a new tool to combat the opacity of public servants and of those who govern. But its effectiveness in practice remains to be seen.

10 May 2016

#LeyTelecom: Mexican Supreme Court Ratifies Geolocation and Retention of Metadata

Mexico's Supreme Court has ratified the indiscriminate retention of metadata, allowing authorities to use real-time geolocation of mobile devices. But the battle in defense of privacy is far from over.

27 April 2016

Mexico’s Controversial ‘Telecom Law’ Is Now in the Supreme Court’s Court

"In a country with a serious democratic deficit and in which public officials are responsible for attacks on journalists and dissidents, these measures could be used to pursue uncomfortable opinions."

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