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I am helping with arrangements for a conference about the human rights implications of the use of ICT and the Internet in Latin America which will be held in Brazil. It is a spinoff from the Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference, which was recently hosted by Access. See https://www.rightscon.org/  We thought it would be a good idea to include the Caribbean in the Conference, which will be held in May along similar lines. representatives from social media sites, government, technology companies and activists will be present. There should be much more awareness of these issues before rather than after the fact in the region. If anyone is involved in digital human rights in the Caribbean or would like to be involved in the Conference let me know. It has not been publicised yet, so I will keep you posted with updates. It will also be good if we could use this forum to start some discussions on these issues as they relate to the Caribbean! Looking forward to hearing what you think!

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I certainly agree that the 'silent C in LAC', the Caribbean, should be included in all of these initiatives. There are so many things that, at least in the anglophone Caribbean, we seem, as a society, to be unaware of, or feel that we can safely ignore. I would be happy to be involved. Let me know if/how I can help.

That is great Deirdre! I will keep in touch about it!

Hi Keisha:

I, for one, would certainly like to see Caribbean perspectives aired and/or represented at your conference.

I am involved in the Internet Governance arena from the ICANN - names and numbers internet policy - perspective.  Here, as is the case elsewhere in the larger ecosystem, the Caribbean remains underrepresented.

When we are not at the tables or in the councils decisions that impact our continued well being are made absent an articulation of our interests and/or consent.  This needs to change and now.

Interestingly now that you refer, there is an expanding body of 'reasonings' that connect the ideas/themes of the global information society into a framework of 'information society rights'.  This concept is getting some play in the EU, even appeared in a Belgian court ruling recently.  So human rights in the Information Age/ Information Society is indeed a worthwhile matter to explore.

- Carlton Samuels
Hi Carlton,

Thanks for feeding into the discussion. I wonder how much the general public knows about online surveillance anti piracy law, data privacy and the role and responsibilities of governments and technology companies as it relates to this. It is of particular importance given our proximity to and relationship with the US.

I can answer that Keisha.  I am pretty sure that the general public does not know that much.  In some ways they may know of some issues but not in-depth.

Hey Marsha, that is true and not knowing will unfortunately not be an excuse. If there you would like to be involved in a workshop let me know.

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