Caribbean

Latin America and the Caribbean Netizen Report: First Edition

Title: Latin America and the Caribbean Netizen Report: First Edition
Editors: Juan Arellano, Renata Avila, Ellery Biddle, Firuzeh Shokooh Valle, Silvia Viñas
Date (published): 06/09/2012
Date (accessed): 09/09/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract:
The idea of compiling a Netizen Report for Latin America and the Caribbean came about during the recent Global Voices Summit as an effort to shed light on the numerous threats to an open Internet in the region.

E-agriculture…Let’s look at projects in the Caribbean

Title: E-agriculture…Let’s look at projects in the Caribbean
Author: Tyrone Hall
Source: USAID ICT4Agriculture
Date (published): 03/08/2011
Date (accessed): 21/09/2011
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes (HTML)
Abstract:
"Key lessons from these two initiatives

1. Technology is secondary to preparing and aligning people and processes
2. Effective community participation is vital
3. Strong leadership from village up is essential for success of any ICT4D project (e.g Agri-Talk)
4. Leveraging ICTs is not necessarily about changing lifestyles in rural communities. In many instances, they will introduce new methods of doing the same old activities.
5. Agricultural information is a complex process (information infrastructure—access and costs)
6. Knowledge sharing and strategic content development will be vital"

Fair Mobile Report from South America

Title: Fair Mobile Report from South America
Author: Steve Song
Source: Many Possibilities
Date (published): 08/04/2010
Date (accessed): 09/04/2010
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes (HTML)
Abstract:
The South American research network, DIRSI, have just published a report entitled “Tariffs and affordability gap of mobile telephony services in Latin America and the Caribbean” which profiles mobile affordability in Latin America and the Caribbean. In this post I contrast their approach with my own fledgling work on a Fair Mobile index for Africa.

Mobile telephony in Latin America and the Caribbean: Who can afford it?

Title: Mobile telephony in Latin America and the Caribbean: Who can afford it?
Publisher: DIRSI - Regional Dialogue on the Information Society
Date (published): 29/03/2010
Date (accessed): 09/04/2010
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes (HTML)
Abstract:
Mobile telephony has experienced a dramatic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean and it has an average penetration level of around 80%. But can mobile users afford the service's cost? What happens if we take income into account and compare Latin America's cost with those of other regions. Is mobile telephony in Latin America cheap or expensive?

Answers to these questions can be found in a study by Hernán Galperín within the framework of DIRSI's research on ICT Indicators and Mobile affordability...The study concludes that the high cost of mobile service in the region are primarily a result of the high level of market concentration and the heavy tax burden imposed on the service in most countries. Making mobile services mobile more affordable, says Galperin, “will require more competition in the sector, for example by implementing number portability and reserving radio spectrum for new operators, and reducing the tax burden imposed on a service that the poorer sectors depend on.

You can read the abstract and download the full report (Spanish only) here. (An English translation of the report will be published)

Measuring Up with the Innovation Challenge: The ICT4BUS Program

Title: Measuring Up with the Innovation Challenge: The ICT4BUS Program
Author: Antonio Ca’Zorzi, (Edited by Steven Wilson and Norah Sullivan)
Pages: 17 pp.
Source: MIF Retrospectives
Publisher: The Multilateral Investment Fund, Inter-American Development Bank
Date (published): 17/10/2008
Date (accessed): 22/11/2009
Type of information: technical notes
Language: English
On-line access: yes (pdf)
Abstract:
This paper provides an overview of the role of information and communications technology for small businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean and the development of the MIF ICT4BUS program.

Mobile Opportunities: Poverty and Mobile Telephony in Latin America and the Caribbean

Title: Mobile Opportunities: Poverty and Mobile Telephony in Latin America and the Caribbean
Authors: Hernán Galperin, Judith Mariscal
Pages: 18 pp.
Publisher: DIRSI
Date published: November 2007
Date accessed: 18/06/2009
Type of information: research publications
Language: English
On-line access: yes (pdf, 7,5mb)
Abstract:
Access to telephony for low-income groups is largely based on different strategies of mobile
telephony usage. The main goal of this research project is to explore the strategies employed by the poor in Latin America and the Caribbean to access and use mobile telephony services, as well as to identify the major market and regulatory barriers for increased penetration and usage. More generally, it seeks to contribute to the discussion on how access to mobile telephony contributes to improving the livelihoods of the poor – what we call mobile opportunities.

Digital Poverty: Latin American and Caribbean Perspectives

Title: Digital Poverty: Latin American and Caribbean Perspectives
Author: Hernan Galperin and Judith Mariscal (editors)
Pages: 160 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-85339-663-2
e-ISBN 978-1-55250-342-3
Publisher: Practical Action Publishing IDRC
Date published: 2007
Date accessed: 16/06/2009
Type of information: research publication
Language: English
On-line access: yes (HTML)
Abstract:
This book examines the problem of inadequate access to information and communication technology (ICT) and the need to develop appropriate pro-poor ICT policies within the Latin American and Caribbean context. The authors show how market reforms have failed to ensure that the benefits of the Information Society have spread across the many social and economic divides that characterize the region.

The authors explain and support the formulation of a new perspective on ICT access and develop an analytical framework with which to assess the critical variables involved in effective ICT adoption in developing regions. The research supports policy reform that builds upon the achievements of market liberalization efforts in the region but which must also address the realities of ‘digital poverty’ – a concept that grasps the multiple dimensions of inadequate levels of access to ICT services by people and organizations, as well as the barriers to their productive use.

This is the first publication of the Regional Dialogue on the Information Society (DIRSI), a regional network of leading researchers concerned with disseminating knowledge that supports the participation of marginalized communities using ICTs in Latin America and the Caribbean. The book will be of interest to anyone interested in ICTs and international development policy and practice.

The Editors

Hernan Galperin is Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California (USA) and Research Associate at the Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina). Dr Galperin is also affiliated with the Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research (UK) and the Edelstein Center for Social Research (Brazil). His research and teaching focus on the international governance and impact of new information and communication technologies.

Judith Mariscal has extensive research experience in Information and Communications Technologies focusing on public policy and regulatory issues. She is currently a professor of the Public Administration Department at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), an independent research and educational institution based in Mexico City. She has authored numerous articles on telecommunications policy and regulation, and the book Unfinished Business: Telecommunications Reform in Mexico (Praeger Press, 2002).

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