Mapping National Internet Governance Initiatives in Latin America

This report presents an effort to map different Internet governance initiatives in the Latin American and Caribbean region in order to better understand the ways these organizations have evolved over time and to be able to compare their governance structures, formal and informal procedures, funding mechanisms, the stakeholders included in decision-making, as well as other characteristics relevant to deliberative and policy outcomes. The research addresses the cases of Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay, Mexico and Nicaragua. Those initiatives have already developed their own national Internet governance mechanisms and are all in different stages of institutionalization .

This report forms part of the larger MIGLAC Project, organized by CETYS at Universidad de San AndreĢs in Argentina and NIC.br in Brazil and funded by the IPO’s Research for Impact grants. It is accompanied by an online platform enabling interaction with the data on National Internet governance initiatives (NRIs) and an academic paper currently under peer review.The MIGLAC project seeks to organize and make publicly available information about NRIs in the Latin American and Caribbean region at miglac.org. The platform provides accessible, up-to-date information about the different National and Regional IGF Initiatives (NRIs) in the Latin American (LAC) region. The project seeks to address the lack of systematized information on national Internet governance initiatives by promoting a comprehensive approach to these developments — based on the existing evidence and literature on the subject. A broader aim of the research is to enhance the value of National and Regional IGFs (NRIs) and Internet governance more generally in national public policy processes throughout the region, as a means to achieve fairer, more accountable and open societies.

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