Internet policy in Latin America: Between borderless governance and national initiatives

This seminar looks at the challenges for addressing Internet governance with national policy instruments and institutions. There are increased efforts to localize the Internet governance regime, both from legislatures and in courts. At the same time, the international regime is in transition towards greater institutionalization and away from its U.S. roots. In addition the stakes are much higher after the revelations of widespread surveillance by security agencies. Today, Internet governance debates reach the highest policy levels and are prominently covered by the general media. These changes raise several questions. What are the regulatory and institutional building blocks for current debates? How are domestic debates articulating with global policy discussions and its institutions? Which stakeholders are being represented and how? What are the mechanisms for policy coordination within Latin America? Have the mechanisms for policy coordination between the national, regional and international spheres been effective? How to protect national jurisdiction while avoiding Internet fragmentation?

A PDF version [750 KB] of the proceedings is available here

The workshop video is available here

This seminar was organized as a Network of Centers regional meeting by Center for Global Communication Studies at University of Pennsylvania and the Centro de Tecnología y Sociedad, Universidad de San Andrés.

This seminar was held on 24 April 2015 at the Auditorium of the Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires. See the location in the map here.

A PDF version [20 KB] of the seminar programme is available here.


Programme | Friday, 24th April | Buenos Aires

09:00 - 09:30 Registration and welcome

9:30 – 11:15 Panel 1: National and regional Internet Policy and governance initiatives: regulatory and institutional dimensions


Hernán Galperin & Carolina Aguerre, CETYS, Universidad de San Andrés

Eleonora Rabinovich, Google

Mario Viola, ITS Rio

Moderator: Ariel Graizer, CABASE

11:15 – 12:15 Keynote speech: Myths and Realities of Internet Governance for Development: World Wide Choices that Will Shape the Future of a Global Internet

Bill Dutton, Quello Center, Michigan State University

12:15 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Panel 2: Challenges for the development of international and regional regimes: lessons for the Internet case


Daniel Blinder, UNSAM

Enrique Chaparro, Fundación Vía Libre

Marilia Maciel, CTS-FGV

Esteban Lescano, CABASE

Moderator: Carolina Aguerre, CETYS, UDESA

15:30 – 16:30 Keynote speech

Juan Carlos De Martin, Nexa Center for Internet and Society, Politecnico di Torino

16:30 – 16:45 Coffe break

16:45 – 18:00 Panel 3: The Internet: international vs. national jurisdictional issues


Pablo Palazzi, Universidad de San Andrés

Eduardo Bertoni, CELE, Universidad de Palermo

Paula Jaramillo, Derechos Digitales

Paula Vargas, UDESA

18:00 Closing remarks

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 15:00
Auditorio UdeSA - 25 de Mayo 586, Ciudad de Buenos Aires