This is what we published this week at Global Voices Latin America:

Esto es lo que publicamos esta semana en Global Voices Latinoamérica:

Colombians Celebrate Unexpected Silver Medal, Julián Ortega Martínez:
On Saturday, July 28, Rigoberto Urán became the first Colombian to win a medal in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. He finished second at the men’s road race final, behind veteran cyclist Aleksandr Vinokurov from Kazakhstan.

Venezuela: La cultura de los llanos en Internet, Laura Vidal:
Para conocer la cultura de los llanos venezolanos es necesario acercarse a sus medios ciudadanos. Con este post comenzamos una serie sobre los llanos venezolanos y su cultura en Internet. En esta primera entrega compartimos información general sobre el territorio y su cultura, y presentamos algunos medios ciudadanos sobre el tema.

Chile: Olympic Athletes Express Their Enthusiasm on Twitter, Elizabeth Rivera (Español aquí):
Chilean athletes who are competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games have been active on Twitter, sharing their experiences and hopes, and also chatting with their fans.

La delegación de deportistas chilenos que competirán en las Olimpiadas de Londres 2012 ha estado activa en Twitter compartiendo sus vivencias y esperanzas e intercambiando comentarios con la gente que los anima. Recogemos algunos de sus posteos desde Londres.

Ecuador: Sarayaku.org, Blogging from the Amazon, Gina Yauri, English translation by Georgi (Español aquí):
José Santi, 27, is one of the administrators of the blog Sarayaku.org. The blog contains information about the Sarayaku people, who live in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and their fight against exploitation in their territory. In this interview José tells us about the blog and the case that his people has brought to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights against the state of Ecuador.

José Santi, de 27 años, es uno de los administradores del blog Sarayaku.org. El blog informa sobre el Pueblo Sarayaku de la amazonia ecuatoriana y su lucha contra la explotación de su territorio. En esta entrevista José nos cuenta sobre el blog y el caso que su Pueblo ha llevado a la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) contra el Estado ecuatoriano.

Argentina: Evita’s Face on a New Banknote Stirs Social Networks, Laura Schneider, English translation by Betsy Galbreath (Español aquí):
In honor of the 60th anniversary of the death of Eva Duarte de Perón (Evita), President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner unveiled a new banknote with Evita’s image, replacing Julio Roca on $100 bills. On social networks, some defend the change and others criticize it.

En homenaje al 60° Aniversario del fallecimiento de Eva Duarte de Perón (Evita), la presidenta Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner presentó un nuevo billete con el rostro de Evita, reemplazando a Julio Roca en los billetes de $100. En las redes sociales algunos defienden el cambio y otros lo critican.

Panamanians Place Hopes on Eight Olympic Athletes, Ariel Moreno, English translation by Kathryn Morgan (Español aquí)
Panama will attend the London 2012 Olympic games with eight athletes. The biggest hopeful is Irving Saladino, current Olympic long-jump champion. Netizens and some of the Panamanian athletes share their hopes and concerns on social networks.

Panamá asistirá a los juegos olímpicos de Londres con ocho atletas. Las mayores esperanzas de medalla están puestas sobre Irving Saladino, actual campeón de salto largo. Los cibernautas lo están comentando en las redes sociales y los atletas también comparten en Internet.

Bolivia: Citizens Question Expenses and Low Olympic Participation, Pablo Andrés Rivero, English translation by Hannah McKeeth Moreno (Español aquí)
Bolivia is taking only 5 athletes to the XXX Olympic Games in London. A scandal related to the expenses of the Olympic leadership has exploded on social networks and reached the news media. The debate also focuses on the very poor level of sports in the country, which has never won an Olympic medal.

Bolivia lleva apenas 5 atletas a los XXX Juegos Olímpicos de Londres. Un escándalo relacionado a los gastos de dirigentes ha estallado en las redes sociales y alcanzado los medios de prensa. El debate también se dirige al paupérrimo nivel deportivo del país, que nunca a logrado una medalla olímpica.

Argentina: Athletes Tweet Photos From #London2012, Laura Schneider, English translation by Marianna Breytman (Español aquí):
Just days before the Olympic Games begin in London, Argentine athletes share photos from London on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

A solo pocos días de comenzar los Juegos Olímpicos en Londres, deportistas argentinos comparten imágenes desde Londres en sus cuentas de Facebook y Twitter.

Venezuela: Filmmakers Explore Urban Realities, Laura Vidal:
On Caracas’ 445th birthday, Laura Vidal shares the work of three filmmakers who give netizens inside and outside Venezuela a different perspective of the Venezuelan capital.

Peru: Concerns Over Computer Crime Bill, Juan Arellano, English translation by Melissa Mann (español aquí)
Discussions have been held over the past year in the National Congress to draw up a computer crime bill. The bill has raised many questions, among them the fact that it constitutes a probable threat to privacy and freedom of expression on the internet.

Desde el año pasado se está discutiendo en el Congreso de la República un proyecto de ley de Delitos Informáticos. El proyecto ha sido cuestionado por varias razones, entre ellas por constituir una probable amenaza a la privacidad y la libertad de expresión en Internet.

Colombia: Locals Concerned Over Media’s Slant on Cauca Conflict, Julián Ortega Martínez:
The indigenous people of the Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, are concerned that the media is misrepresenting their struggle to expel legal and illegal armed groups from their territory. Netizens weigh in on the media’s coverage of this current conflict.

Mexico: Tijuana’s Unexpected Cinema Movement, Andrea Arzaba:
Mexican border city Tijuana has an international reputation as both a dangerous town and a temptingly thrilling spring break destination. However, it is now in the international spotlight for a whole different reason: its local cinema movement.

“Don’t Fear the Internet”: Testimonials on Domain Names and Freedom of Expression, ONG Derechos Digitales, English translation by Silvia Viñas:
Domain names in Chile have become a battlefield over the right to freedom of expression. In this new video from the campaign “Don’t Fear the Internet”, NGO ‘Derechos Digitales’ highlights two testimonies: elmercuriomiente.cl and estafadoscorfo.cl. Both are examples of how disputes over domain names seek to silence critical speech.

Colombia: “Are we Truly Independent?”, Cati Restrepo. English translation by Marianna Breytman (español aquí):
On Colombia’s Independence Day, bloggers and Twitter users expressed all sorts of opinions on the Internet. While some commemorated the day by showing their pride for being Colombian, others commented on the situation regarding the indigenous people of Cauca, the presence of multinational corporations, and other current topics.

En el día de la independencia colombiana, bloggers y usuarios de Twitter expresaron todo tipo de opiniones en Internet. Mientras algunos conmemoraron el día mostrando su orgullo por ser colombianos, otros comentaron sobre la situación de los indígenas del Cauca, la presencia de multinacionales, y otros temas de actualidad.

Peru: Gearing up for the London 2012 Olympics, Gabriela García Calderón:
Just a few days before the London 2012 Olympic Games kick off, Peruvian netizens share their views and thoughts about this important sports event.

Colombia: Scientific Community Concerned Over Resignation of Top Official, Julián Ortega Martínez:
The resignation of Jaime Restrepo Cuartas, director of the Administrative Department of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Colciencias, has raised concern among the scientific community about the future of Colciencias (the main source of funding for most Colombian scientists) and the future of research in general in the country.

Follow @gvamericalatina on Twitter to keep up with our coverage of the region.

Sígan a @gvamericalatina en Twitter para mantenerse al tanto de nuestra cobertura de la región.

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