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Latin America & Caribbean

With its diversit yInternet access is one of the dominant issue for the region.
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Regional Context:

With countries like Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and the countries of the Caribbean, it’s clear the Latin America region is as diverse in culture and language as it is in challenges and solutions when it comes to Internet access and development.

The realities are quite different across the region, from countries which encompass enormous land masses such as Brazil, to Haiti – which is statistically the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

In this context, Internet access is perhaps the dominant issue for the region.

While The Latin American Internet audience grew 23% in the past year and now represents 8% of the global Internet audience, average penetration still hovers around 30% and falls as low as 8% in some countries.

Low domestic broadband penetration is perhaps one of the leading factors affecting these statistics and therefore much of Internet Society’s work focuses on these areas.

Policy work is also critical to the region.  As in many parts of the world, work around issues of net neutrality and privacy dominate the policy landscape, yet in Latin America these issues take on very specific idiosyncrasies which are unique to the area.

How We Work:

The Regional Bureau in Latin America & Caribbean acts as an advisor to other Internet Society departments on issues affecting our work. Its also provides critical insight on local business, technology and policy issues to the Internet Society and its stakeholders.

The Bureau also 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.

Find out about LAC Chapterthon 2016

We Focus On:

Education - Through a number of programmes the Latin American Bureau helps local communities, neighborhoods, and villages build their skills to access and develop the Internet.  The Bureau also partners with local post-secondary institutions to ensure our next generation of Internet leaders have the cross-cutting skills necessary to bring their contribution to the Internet to fruition.

Policy - In Latin America, the Internet Society has many opportu­nities for engagement and consultation with policymakers. Latin America and the Caribbean are imple­menting ambitious national strategies to increase high-speed Internet access, promote Internet innovation and to tackle many of the challenges of the digital economy. As international leaders in Internet technology, industry, and policy, these countries are also extremely active in global and regional organizations that address Internet technical, economic, and policy issues.

Partnerships - The Internet Society in Latin America works with both private sector, educational, and civil society to achieve its goals. The Bureau would not be able to tackle issues such as IPv6 deployment, or critical issues around policy or without a multistakeholder model that has served the development and advancement of the Internet since its inception.

Latin America Blog

  • Internet Society está profundamente preocupada por el aumento de los bloqueos en Internet y los recientes reportes de la creciente vigilancia de contenidos en Internet en Venezuela.

    El 13 de mayo, Venezuela emitió el Decreto Presidencial no. 2849, que declara un Estado de Excepción y Emergencia, ejecutado inmediatamente por el período de 60 días, extendiendo un Estado de Excepción y Emergencia preexistente en el país.

    Según lo publicado en la Gaceta Oficial, el objetivo de este decreto es adoptar medidas urgentes, contundentes, excepcionales y necesarias, para asegurar a la...

    Date published 24 May 2017

  • The Internet Society is deeply concerned with the increase of Internet blocking and recent reports of growing content surveillance on the Internet in Venezuela. 

    On May 13th, Venezuela issued the Presidential Decree no. 2849, which has declared an State of Exception and Emergency, enforced immediately for the period of 60 days, extending a pre existing State of Exception and Emergency in the country. 

    According to the Official Gazette publication, the purpose of this decree is to adopt urgent, severe, exceptional and needed measures to ensure people's rights, to...

    Date published 24 May 2017

  • On 08-09 November 2016, the first Regional Internet and Development Dialog for Latin America and Caribbean (LAC-RIDD) was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the historical building of Palacio San Martin. The event has been hosted by the Ministry of Communications in Argentina, the InterAmerican Development Bank and the Internet Society.


    Following the successful experience from the Asia Pacific version of this event held earlier in October this year, we have brought together key stakeholders from the region who are working in different...

    Date published 14 November 2016

  • Los Nevados, one of the most remote areas in Venezuela, at 2700 meters above sea level right in the Sierra Nevada National Park. Beautiful and remote.

    Agriculture is its main export, and while it’s a passage for tourists looking to climb Pico Bolivar, this is a land of tradition and history. 

    Earlier this year Paola Pérez decided that it was time to expand the opportunities for the people of Los Nevados, and she decided that something that could build economic growth, more efficient agriculture, better access to education.

    As she put it, she wanted to put her...

    Date published 07 November 2016

  • Today in Cancun starts the 4th edition of the Latin American Telecommunications Conference, also known by its acronym in Spanish CLT – Congreso Latinoamericano de Telecomunicaciones, which is an annual event organized by ASIET.

    The Internet Society has been supporting the event since its inception and continues to participate in this important event, as it brings together the key policymakers and business representatives on telecommunications industry to discuss and collaborate on overcoming the regional challenges to create public policies that promote more access and development...

    Date published 20 June 2016