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Tools to identify, single out, and track us everywhere we go are inherently incompatible with our human rights and civil liberties. Unfortunately, many Latin American governments are eagerly purchasing this technology and ramping up the implementation of mass biometric surveillance — even as the movement to ban technology for biometric surveillance gains traction worldwide. Meanwhile, the companies supplying the tech are flying under the radar, selling surveillance technology that is deployed across Latin America without sufficient transparency or public scrutiny. Our latest report, Surveillance Tech In Latin America: Made Abroad, Deployed At Home, exposes the companies behind these dangerous products and the government policies and practices that are undermining people's rights.As we highlight in the report, most of the biometric surveillance tech deployed in Latin America is acquired directly or indirectly from companies in Asia (Israel, China, and Japan), Europe (U.K. and France), and the U.S. They include AnyVision, Hikvision, Dahua, Cellebrite, Huawei, ZTE, NEC, IDEMIA, and VERINT, among others. These companies have a duty to respect human rights, yet their tools are often implicated in human rights violations perpetrated against civil society globally — journalists, activists, human rights defenders, lawyers, and members of targeted and oppressed groups. Latin America has a long history of persecuting dissidents and people in marginalized communities, and authorities continue to abuse public power. The COVID-19 pandemic has now given governments a new excuse to deploy dangerous surveillance tools in the name of public safety, even as they fail to protect human rights. The bottom line: the backroom deals pursued in countries like Argentina, Brazil, and Ecuador are exposing the public to unacceptable risk. Our report, a research collaboration with our partners at Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC), the Laboratório de Políticas Públicas e Internet (LAPIN), and LaLibre.net (Tecnologías Comunitarias), not only documents the agreements to procure dangerous technology, it also presents case studies to show how the technology is deployed. Finally, we offer recommendations for government, companies, and other stakeholders to increase transparency and prevent rights violations.
Centro de Filantropía e Inversiones Sociales de la Escuela de Gobierno de la Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez;
El presente estudio revisa la legislación de Chile en comparación con países con alto nivel de desarrollo de filantropía miembros de la OCDE y países de América Latina. A la luz del diagnóstico que existe respecto de las dificultades que plantea el marco legal chileno, disperso en múltiples legislaciones incongruentes entre ellas, este estudio permite comprender cómo estos diferentes países tratan elementos fundamentales de un marco legal que facilite el desarrollo de la filantropía. Así, en esta publicación es posible vislumbrar cómo los países han avanzado hacia marcos legales integrados en una Ley General de Filantropía, donde el criterio de bien público es central para determinar las instituciones donatarias y otorgar beneficios tributarios, donde se facilita la donación de la herencia y la constitución de endowments y donde la transparencia permite no sólo construir confianza entre los actores, sino también de cara a la opinión pública. El estudio revisa estos temas, destaca distintos casos y propone una serie de recomendaciones para modernizar el marco legal chileno, a partir de las lecciones derivadas del análisis comparativo tanto de países que cuentan con una práctica filantrópica robusta como de países de la región con un ethos histórico cultural y económico compartido.
Open Society Foundations;
The Mapping Digital Media project examines the global opportunities and risks created by the transition from traditional to digital media. Covering 60 countries, the project examines how these changes affect the core democratic service that any media system should provide: news about political, economic, and social affairs.In Colombia, analog free-to-air television is still by far the most influential source of news. Digitization seems to be increasing both the quantity and range of news and the total public consumption of media as many traditional outlets now have online versions, while some new online only outlets have been born in recent years and gained recognition as news providers. Internet use is increasing very fast in urban areas and higher socioeconomic groups.Public media have been strengthened in recent years and public service provision is considered an important issue in Colombia. The transition to digital terrestrial television (DTT) is seen as both a challenge and an opportunity to public media. Digital activism too has grown in Colombia, and active internet users have proved the power of social networking, which has become very popular. Political debates and hostage rescue operations have, among others, triggered big digital mobilizations, especially on Facebook and Twitter.The policy and regulatory framework for digital media is still being defined as the media regulatory framework itself is functional, but there are several procedural flaws in the implementation.
Center for Economic and Policy Research;
This study focuses primarily on the 'Final Report' of the OAS audit of the election results and shows how the authors of that report misrepresent the data and evidence found in the audit in an attempt to further bolster their claims of intentional manipulation on the part of Bolivia's former electoral authorities. The OAS Final Report identifies many real problems with the management of the elections that should be addressed. However, despite claims to the contrary, it does not provide any evidence that those irregularities altered the outcome of the election, or were part of an actual attempt to do so.
Tiny Beam Fund;
HIGHLIGHTS: *Shines a bright light on several fundamental cultural drivers of meat consumption in Argentina: 1) Powerful belief system in favor of eating meat. 2) Deep stigmatization of veganism. 3) Pervasive narratives and behavior justifying meat-eating that most people consider as "common sense" and which are sustained by institutions (e.g. healthcare, legal, education systems). *Suggests a range of practical measures to tackle challenges faced by those seeking to reduce and end consumption of animal-based food in that country (e.g. influence school curricula and train teachers, professionalize the vegan activist community).
From a collaborative mapping of private social investment initiatives, philanthropy, public calls (notices, challenges etc.) and communication in the fight against Covid-19 carried out in the first 60 days since the confirmation of the first case in Brazil, Ponte a Ponte developed this guidance and systematization guide for these initiatives. The publication seeks to allow social investors, philanthropists, company executives, CSO leaders (civil society organizations), peripheral social and collective movements, as well as intermediary developers in the field to have a macro view of what emerged in the period, as well as suggestions and recommendations for making strategic decisions and tactical-operational guidelines that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of actions and the qualification of social investment as a whole.In addition to the report, also access the database used in the production of the guide: Mapping initiatives against Covid-19.
Grupo de Fundaciones y Empresas (GDFE);
Esta guía es para todos los financiadores, donantes o inversores sociales que desean comprender cómo pueden contribuir a liberar el potencial de la filantropía para construir sociedades más resilientes, sustentables y democráticas. Esa es, al final, la tarea del ecosistema de apoyo a la filantropía, también conocido como infraestructura filantrópica. Se trata de desarrollar y aprovechar los recursos privados para el bien social, para la sociedad civil y la democracia y ayudar al alcance de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS). Este ecosistema es fundamental para la misión de todos los financiadores visionarios que desean aumentar el impacto y la sostenibilidad de su trabajo.English:This guide is for all funders who wish to understand how they can contribute to unlocking philanthropy's potential to build more resilient, sustainable and democratic societies. This is what the philanthropy support ecosystem, also called philanthropy infrastructure, is all about. It is about developing and harnessing private resources for social good, building civil society and democracy, and helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is central to the mission of all visionary funders who want to increase the impact and sustainability of their work.
Grupo de Institutos Fundações e Empresas (GIFE);
O terceiro volume da série "Temas do Investimento Social" aborda o conceito de Filantropia Colaborativa, ou seja, formas de colaboração que têm como pré-requisito a participação de no mínimo dois atores da filantropia com envolvimento de recursos financeiros em pelo menos uma das seguintes esferas: colaboração na mobilização ou colaboração na coordenação, alocação e/ ou gestão de recursos financeiros privados para produção de bem público. A publicação busca, assim, apresentar um panorama sobre o desenvolvimento de novas arquiteturas que permitem e contribuem com o aprofundamento dos modos de ação coletiva e colaborativa no setor, além de debater os limites e desafios e apontar caminhos para um aprofundamento qualificado das formas de colaboração no campo da filantropia e do investimento social.
Movimento por uma Cultura de Doação;
How to promote the culture of giving in Brazil? How to engage new players and organize an ecosystem towards a collective effort for the cause? These are the questions the members of the Movement for a Culture of Giving (Movimento por uma Cultura de Doação) have asked themselves, and which have inspired the launch of the Task Force that has prepared these Guidelines. As the result of a carefully conducted listening and research process, this document provides indications on the pathways that seem to be key for everyone who wishes to foster a stronger and more qualified culture of giving in Brazil.
Movimento por uma Cultura de Doação;
Como promover a cultura de doação no Brasil? Como engajar novos atores e articular este ecossistema para um esforço coletivo por esta causa? Essas são as perguntas que movem o Movimento por uma Cultura de Doação e que inspiraram a criação da Força Tarefa, berço deste Documento de Diretrizes. Após estudos e escutas, foi possível entender o panorama de doação no país e indicar caminhos fundamentais para uma cultura de doação ainda mais forte e qualificada.
A case study on Energía para la Paz, a shared value initiative of Grupo Energía Bogotá.After Colombia's historic 2016 peace agreement with the FARC guerrilla group, people in rural areas heavily affected by the conflict began dreaming about a different future. However, decades of violence had left hundreds of landmines, thousands of deaths, and millions of people displaced, in addition to high levels of poverty and a weakened social fabric.To tackle some of the challenges from decades of conflict, Grupo Energía Bogotá (GEB)—a leading energy and natural gas multinational company—launched Energía para la Paz. This shared value initiative revolves around landmine clearance and trust-building to increase the safety and prosperity of communities in post-conflict areas. Developing Energía para la Paz required a mindset shift to how GEB embedded social impact at the heart of its business's success.This case study is available for download in English and Spanish. Este estudio de caso se encuentra disponible para descargar en español y en inglés.
In this publication, we share how we structured the Emergency Fund for Health Coronavirus Brazil (FES), which supported philanthropic hospitals that were at the forefront of combating the pandemic: from forming a strategic alliance, through communication campaigns and mobilizing networks and through fundraising strategies to the destination of the use of money that helped 61 philanthropic institutions throughout Brazil.Nessa publicação, contamos como estruturamos o Fundo Emergencial para a Saúde Coronavírus Brasil (FES), que apoiou hospitais filantrópicos que estavam na linha de frente do combate à pandemia: da formação de uma aliança estratégica, passando pelas campanhas de comunicação e mobilização de redes e pelas estratégias de captação de recursos até a destinação do uso do dinheiro que ajudou 61 instituições filantrópicas Brasil afora.