The Right to Access the Internet in Latin America

6 December 2016 - A Workshop on Other in Guadalajara, Mexico

Agenda

Some countries in Latin America have recognized the access to the Internet as a human right. For example, Mexico introduced the right to access the Internet in its Constitution and Costa Rica's Constitutional Court recognized it in a ruling. 

However, there is still a lot of uncertainty regarding what a right to access the Internet means. Particularly, there is a need to develop and understand the scope and the State obligations derived from the recognition of this right. This is particularly relevant since the recognition of a right to access the Internet might become a trend in Latin America and it would be useful to open the discussion about the implications of such recognition.

R3D, a digital rights organization in Mexico is preparing a paper developing a proposal for understanding the obligations to respect, protect, promote and guarantee the right to access the Internet as recognized in Mexico's Constitution. 

The objective of the panel is to present the proposal and open a multi-stakeholder dialogue. Discussants would receive the draft paper in advance since it would guide the public discussion at the IGF 2016. The outcomes of the dialogue will help R3D to develop and publish a final proposal for understanding the right to access the Internet from a Latin-American perspective that can serve as a guide for implementation around the region.

The room should have an online participation station, several roaming microphones to capture audience questions/comments and video/audio capabilities to facilitate the initial presentation and to facilitate possible remote participation.

Speakers provisionally confirmed:

Carrillo, Arturo
Del Campo, Agustina
Erramuspe, Alejandra
Huerta, Erick
Ruiz, Claudio

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