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Google and Facebook express concern over data protection laws in Brazil | ZDNet

Possible requirement to store data locally would affect the Internet giants – and everyone doing business with Brazil


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Colombia demands answers on U.S. spying as Latin America seethes | Reuters.com

Colombia demands answers on U.S. spying as Latin America seethes | Reuters.com | Latin America and the Caribbean | Scoop.it

Colombia called for answers from Washington on Wednesday after revelations the United States had spied on the Andean nation, its closest military ally in Latin America, as anger mounted in the region over U.S. intelligence gathering.

 

Colombia's foreign ministry said it "registered with concern" reports of an "unauthorized data collection program" in a brief statement overnight, and asked that the U.S. government give an account of its actions through its Bogota embassy.

 

"In rejecting the acts of espionage that violate people's rights to privacy as well as the international conventions on telecommunication, Colombia requests the corresponding explanations from the United States government through its ambassador to Colombia," the foreign ministry said.

 

A leading Brazilian newspaper reported on Tuesday that the U.S. National Security Agency targeted most Latin American countries with spying programs that monitored Internet traffic, especially in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and Mexico.

 

Other countries around the region have used tougher language in condemning what some have called a violation of their sovereignty and a trampling of individuals' rights to privacy.

 

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How an Idealistic President Embraced Cyber Espionage - Huffington Post

How an Idealistic President Embraced Cyber Espionage - Huffington Post | Latin America and the Caribbean | Scoop.it
How an Idealistic President Embraced Cyber Espionage Huffington Post Greenwald, who resides in Brazil, is particularly interested in NSA surveillance of Latin America, and his reporting has confirmed that Washington's spying throughout the...
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FTTH part of Telecom Argentina's broadband expansion plans | Lightwave Online

FTTH part of Telecom Argentina's broadband expansion plans | Lightwave Online | Latin America and the Caribbean | Scoop.it

Telecom Argentina says that it is in the midst of an ambitious plan to extend triple-play service provision across the country. The plan will see fiber-optic networks built in Argentina’s major cities to support GPON-based fiber to the home (FTTH), fiber to the building (FTTB), and fiber to the cabinet (FTTC) combined with VDSL2. Telecom Argentina expects the various architectures to enable 100-Mbps Internet services.

The carrier says it plans to spend more than ARG$1.1 billion on the project.

The services offered on the upgraded broadband access networks, particularly in the case of FTTC, will depend on the quality of the outside plant and the distance of the local loop. Along these lines, Telecom Argentina expects to upgrade several current ADSL2+ networks to VDSL2, with potentially more than 1 million customers affected in the first stage of implementation. These customers will see their service offerings rising from a maximum of 20 Mbps to 100 Mbps, the carrier says.

 

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Argentina is just one of many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to expand its network using fiber-optic cables. 

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Caribbean ICT Road show on Curaçao - Curacao Chronicle

Caribbean ICT Road show on Curaçao - Curacao Chronicle | Latin America and the Caribbean | Scoop.it
Caribbean ICT Road show on Curaçao Curacao Chronicle WILLEMSTAD – Bureau Telecommunications and Post ( BTP ) , in cooperation with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union ( CTU) will hold a Caribbean ICT Roadshow and an Internet Governance Forum...
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Latin America Condemns US Espionage at United Nations Security Council | the service of imperialism

Latin America Condemns US  Espionage at United Nations Security Council |  the service of imperialism | Latin America and the Caribbean | Scoop.it

In a courageous and brilliant tour de force, the Argentine Presidency of the UN Security Council availed itself of the opportunity to publicly denounce US espionage in the service of imperialism

 “The United States appears to be destined by Providence to plague America with misery in the name of liberty.” Simon Bolivar

Throughout the day, on August 6, President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner of Argentina chaired a historic United Nations Security Council meeting that revealed a seismic shift in geopolitical consciousness and incipient strength.

The agenda of Security Council meeting 7015 was:  “Cooperation Between the United Nations and Regional and Sub-regional Organizations in Maintaining International Peace and Security.”

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Panama begins debate of cyber crime bill - Business News Americas

Panama begins debate of cyber crime bill - Business News Americas | Latin America and the Caribbean | Scoop.it
Panama begins debate of cyber crime bill Business News Americas This news article is one of hundreds published daily by Business News Americas about the commodities, markets, movements, companies, projects, economics and politics integral to the...
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Brazil Sends Delegation to US to Discuss Internet Spying - Wall Street Journal

Brazil Sends Delegation to US to Discuss Internet Spying - Wall Street Journal | Latin America and the Caribbean | Scoop.it
Brazil Sends Delegation to US to Discuss Internet Spying
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RIO DE JANEIRO--Brazil is sending a delegation to the U.S.
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MERCOSUR and the Future of the Internet in Latin America - Global ...

MERCOSUR and the Future of the Internet in Latin America - Global ... | Latin America and the Caribbean | Scoop.it
Last Friday, Latin American government leaders issued a strong statement against the mass surveillance of their citizens by the US government at an emergency meeting of MERCOSUR, South America's leading economic ...
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Digicel Panama mobile internet user base up 60% in 8 months - Telecompaper (subscription)

Digicel Panama mobile internet user base up 60% in 8 months
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Digicel Panama reports its mobile internet user subscriber base has increased by nearly 60 percent over the past 8 months.
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Thousands Flock to Public “Cyber Points,” Cuba Says - Latin American Herald Tribune

Thousands Flock to Public “Cyber Points,” Cuba Says - Latin American Herald Tribune | Latin America and the Caribbean | Scoop.it
Thousands Flock to Public “Cyber Points,” Cuba Says Latin American Herald Tribune HAVANA – Cuba's “cyber points,” which offer public Internet access, have attracted more than 100,000 paying customers in the last three months, government daily...
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The Cuban government has been accused of heavily censoring Internet use at the new access points: http://groundreport.com/cuba-government-control-over-web-access/

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In Latin America, Brazil has largest audience for online videos - VOXXI

In Latin America, Brazil has largest audience for online videos - VOXXI | Latin America and the Caribbean | Scoop.it
In Latin America, Brazil has largest audience for online videos
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In Brazil, online videos reach an audience of 43 million, making Brazilians the largest audience in Latin America, according to a report released by The Festival of Media LatAm.
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Free Zone crowdsources WiFi to bring Latin America online (exclusive)

Free Zone crowdsources WiFi to bring Latin America online (exclusive) | Latin America and the Caribbean | Scoop.it
Free Zone claims to have 220 million WiFi hotspots in its database. Its new premium version will give subscribers full access to commercial WiFi hotspots.
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