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Latin America and Caribbean Regional Bureau. Sebasti án Bellagamba, M anager. LAC Bureau. Established late January 2007 (9 weeks of operation) Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina Coverage area includes 38 economies But only 8 chartered Chapters in region. Mexico Peru Puerto Rico Venezuela.

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Latin America and Caribbean Regional Bureau

Sebastián Bellagamba, Manager

Prague, Board Meeting, March 24-25 2007


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LAC Bureau

  • Established late January 2007 (9 weeks of operation)

  • Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Coverage area includes 38 economies

    • But only 8 chartered Chapters in region

  • Mexico

  • Peru

  • Puerto Rico

  • Venezuela

  • Argentina

  • Brazil

  • Colombia

  • Ecuador

Prague, Board Meeting, March 24-25 2007


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Bureau’s goals

  • Promote and defend ISOC’s core values

  • Drive regional and local recognition of ISOC, its policies and its mission

  • Promote activities and initiatives at regional and sub-regional levels

  • Identify local and regional priorities for policy and education

  • Understand and support Chapter needs

Prague, Board Meeting, March 24-25 2007


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Chapter Development

First tasks

  • Get in contact with the chapters

    • Email, phone calls, instant messaging

  • Survey chapter activity level

    • Result: 6 chapters considered active (Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Puerto Rico); 2 chapters considered inactive (Brazil and Venezuela)

Prague, Board Meeting, March 24-25 2007


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Active Chapters

  • Encourage regional chapter interaction and coordination

    • Regional chapters mailing list

    • Website (in progress)

    • Instant message sessions, phone calls, Skype

  • Provide support for local activities

    • ISOC Puerto Rico, Argentina and Brazil are planning events

Prague, Board Meeting, March 24-25 2007


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Inactive Chapters

Two inactive chapters, two different situations:

  • Venezuela

    • No response from current officers

    • Email sent to all ISOC members

    • A new group was found and they are already working on a new charter

  • Brazil

    • Current officers were found. Chapter set to be re-launched in mid-April with expanded membership

Prague, Board Meeting, March 24-25 2007


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Next steps - Chapters

  • Keep improving coordination and cooperation

  • In-person meeting in Venezuela (late May, with LACNIC)

    • First regional chapter meeting

    • Outreaching event focused on Internet Governance (IGF in Rio!)

  • Launch regional website (mid-April)

  • Assist people willing to create new Chapters

Prague, Board Meeting, March 24-25 2007


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Next steps - Policy

  • Internet Governance Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as top priority

  • Participation in regional IG events

    • CITEL (OAS) - March and September

    • Caribbean Telecommunications Union (mid-April)

    • CARICOM (mid-August)

    • eLAC2007 (ECLAC, UN) - November

  • A regional ISOC event on IG is being planned for September

Prague, Board Meeting, March 24-25 2007


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Next steps - Education

  • Launching second phase of FRIDA small grants program (end of March) with LACNIC and IDRC

  • Continue to support WALC training program

  • Identify priorities for new training programs in region

  • Already in talks with LACTLD for ccTLDs workshops

Prague, Board Meeting, March 24-25 2007


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Cooperation / coordination

  • Already working with several organizations:

    • LACNIC

    • ECLAC (UN)

    • ICANN

    • LACTLD

    • eCOMLAC

    • CITEL (OAS)

    • Caribbean Telecommunications Union

  • Contacts made with:

    • ARIN

    • APC

Prague, Board Meeting, March 24-25 2007


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Questions?Thank you!

[email protected]

Prague, Board Meeting, March 24-25 2007


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