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Colombia: Cali organiza su tercer Barcamp, Juan Arellano:
El próximo lunes 17 de diciembre se llevará a cabo la tercera edición del Barcamp Cali, un evento de Cultura Libre organizado en la ciudad de Cali, Colombia. El evento ha generado expectativa entre los cibernautas caleños, quienes ya están tuiteando al respecto con la etiqueta #barcampcali3.

Striker’s ‘Scorpion Kick’ Goal Makes Bolivian Football History, Pablo Andrés Rivero:
Gastón Mealla, a 24 year-old Bolivian striker, made an improbable heel volley, a ‘scorpion kick’, scoring from outside the box during a local first-division match. FIFA nominated the goal to the 2012 Puskás Award. Despite not making the top 3 goals of the year, Gastón Mealla’s astonishing scorpion kick will remain as one of the most spectacular goals of Bolivian football history.

#Sopacriolla o el duro camino a la regulación de los ISP en el Perú, Juan Arellano:
En un post anterior comentamos sobre el proyecto conocido como #sopacriolla, una iniciativa del Ministerio de Comercio Exterior y Turismo para supuestamente reunir aportes a la construcción de una norma sobre derecho de autor y responsabilidad de los ISP (Proveedores de Internet). Para aprender más sobre el tema conversamos con el bloguero Miguel Morachimo y con el abogado a cargo de la iniciativa, Erick Iriarte.

Ecuador Launches Oil Auction Amid Indigenous Protests, Rachael Petersen:
On Wednesday November 28, 2012, Ecuador began an international licensing round for 13 oil blocks – nearly ten million acres – of untouched south-central Amazonian territory as indigenous leaders took to the streets in Quito to protest petroleum concessions on their lands.

Costa Rica: President Signs Internet Freedom Declaration, Renata Avila, GV Advocacy:
Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica, signs the Declaration of Internet Freedom and calls upon the leaders of the world to “join us in preserving and nurturing this openness and freedom upon which a bright future can be built.”

Informe Netizen Latinoamérica y el Caribe: Edición detenciones, Equipo Informe Netizen:
Este mes las detenciones de internautas en Latinoamérica y el Caribe han parecido ir en aumento, con blogueros y activistas en Ecuador, Colombia, y Cuba detenidos por sus actividades en línea. En este Informe Netizen para Latinoamérica y el Caribe revisamos algunos de estos casos.

Argentina’s Impending ‘Monsanto Law’ is Not Welcome, Laura Schneider (Español aquí):
A bill by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Argentina regarding genetically modified seeds has generated much controversy in different sectors who argue that Argentina could lose its food sovereignty if the law moves forward. Social organizations called for an event to protest the law.

¿Hay un Internet libre en el Perú?, Juan Arellano:
Cada vez es más frecuente oír que tal o cual país está discutiendo o promulgando algún tipo de ley que afecta a la libertad de internet. El Perú no es ajeno a eso. Conversamos sobre el tema con Miguel Morachimo del blog Blawyer, y también repasamos lo que han dicho otros blogueros sobre la libertad en y de internet.

Winning Applications from Latin America’s Biggest Hackathon, Suannah Vila:
Desarrollando America Latina, a kind of World Cup for hackers in Latin America, took place this weekend in 8 countries in South and Central America. When technologists get in the room with open data and a mandate to address social problems, a lot can happen. Here are some of the winning ideas.

Day 2 of Developing Latin America 2012, Juan Arellano, English translation by Alexandra Quinn (Español aquí):
Last Sunday December 2 saw the completion of day 2 of the regional hackathon Developing Latin America 2012, organised by the Ciudadano Inteligente Foundation in eight Latin American countries. After 36 hours of intense and continuous work, the teams participating in the various headquarters began the presentations of their projects in order to later find out the jurys’ decision. Here we present the winners from the different headquarters.

Death of Colombian Football Player Miguel Calero Shakes Mexico, J. Tadeo, English translation by Kimberly Shiller  (Español aquí):
Mexicans expressed their support and solidarity on Twitter after learning that Colombian and former football player Miguel Calero had been declared brain dead. Hours after this post was published in Spanish, the Pachuca Football Club announced Calero had passed away.

7D: Argentina Prepares for New Media Law, Laura Schneider, English translation by Alexandra Quinn (Español aquí):
On December 7, 2012, the new Media Law will come into full effect in Argentina. The date is known as 7D. What do the media, government and citizens think about this new law?

Ecuadorian Blogger Paúl Moreno is Freed, Daniela Gallardo, English translation by Nina Shield (Español aquí):
Ecuadorian blogger Paúl Moreno had been arrested on November 30, 2012, on charges of fraudulent access to computer systems and databases, after he demonstrated that the government website datoseguro.gov.ec lacks adequate security mechanisms for obtaining data on its citizens. Moreno was released on December 3.

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Crowdmapping Water Contamination in Peruvian Indigenous Communities, Susannah Vila:
How can individuals hold the extractive industries accountable for the impacts – poisoned water, food, and heightened conflict are a few examples – of its activities? One project, called La Cuidadora, provides an information sharing network to assist indigenous communities in better protecting themselves from these impacts.

Crónicas de Héroes: Información en positivo para el cambio social en México, Paula Gonzalo, Periodismo Ciudadano:
Paula Gonzalo de Periodismo Ciudadano entrevistó a Yesica Guerra, Directora de Crónicas de Héroes/Hero Reports, un proyecto que geolocaliza información basada en todo tipo de gestos positivos en México a través del crowdsourcing y de la participación ciudadana.

Hackathons in Droves: How is a Hackathon Organised?, JJ Merelo, English translation by Alexandra Quinn (Español aquí):
In the following guest article, J.J. Merelo, Doctor in Physics and Professor at the University of Granada, Spain, tells us of his experience organising educational hackathons in light of the regional Hackathon, “Developing Latin America 2012 “which will take place next December.

Reflections After Argentina’s #8N Protests, Laura Schneider:
Through Twitter and blogs, Argentines (and some foreigners) has been analyzing the present and the future of the country after the massive anti-government protests held on November 8, 2012 (#8N).

Bolivia, Do You Have Internet?, Pablo Andrés Rivero:
After more than a decade, Bolivia’s National Census of Population and Housing will be held on November 21, 2012. There is only one question regarding Internet access, and it inquires only about the service, disregarding type of connection, quality, uses, and more. Analysts and activists argue that the government has missed an opportunity to collect in-depth information on this matter.

Chileans Protest in Support of Gaza, Felipe Cordero:
The latest hostilities between the Israeli government and Hamas in the Gaza Strip prompted an unusual protest in front of the Israeli Embassy in Santiago, Chile. Reactions come from a country that, despite the physical distance, is home to around 350,000 ethnic Palestinians, making it host to the largest community of Palestinians outside the Arab World.

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Mapa76: Periodismo de datos para mostrar los abusos de la dictadura Argentina, Paula Gonzalo en Periodismo Ciudadano:
Paula Gonzalo de Periodismo Ciudadano destaca el trabajo de Sandra Crucianelli con el periodismo de datos y el proyecto Mapa 76, un mapa en donde se recopila información sobre las víctimas de abusos contra los derechos humanos durante la dictadura en Argentina (1976-83).

Miles marcharon contra la represión en Costa Rica, Jenny Cascante Gonzalez:
El pasado 15 de noviembre miles de cuidadanos participaron en una marcha como respuesta a los enfrentamientos durante la manifestación del 8 de noviembre. Además de reanudar su protesta en defensa de la Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social, los manifestantes también marcharon por la no criminalización de la protesta social, el rechazo a la represión policial, y el descontento con la Ley de Delitos Informáticos.

Nombres de dominio: una expresión que merece ser protegida, CELE (Centro de Estudios en Libertad de Expresión y Acceso a la Información):
La Iniciativa por la Libertad de Expresión en Internet (iLEI), un programa especial del Centro de Estudios en Libertad de Expresión y Acceso a la Información, aborda en su nuevo trabajo la relación entre libertad de expresión, nombres de dominio, y los distintos modelos que adoptan los países para administrarlos.

Blogging the Earthquake’s Aftermath from Huitán, Guatemala, Silvia Viñas:
The blog for the community library Mi Nuevo Mundo (My new world) from the Huitán village has been sharing photos and reports of the aftermath of the 7.4-magnitude earthquake that shook Guatemala’s Pacific coast on November 7, 2012.

Costa Rica: Protest in Defense of Social Security Ends in Riots, Jenny Cascante Gonzalez, English translation by Betsy Galbreath (Español aquí):
Several groups throughout Costa Rica participated in a demonstration in San José last November 8, 2012, in defense of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS). The demonstration ended in riots and violence between police and protesters. The police crackdown has sparked outrage among netizens.

Colombian Hip-Hop Artists, Victims of Medellín’s Wave of Violence: Silvia Viñas:
Residents of Colombia’s Comuna 13, a neighborhood in Medellín infamous for its high levels of insecurity, are mourning the deaths of two well-known hip-hop artists who were killed in the last two weeks, as a wave of violence continues to target artists, youth and cultural organizations that promote peace.

This week in Global Voices Latin America/Esta semana en Global Voices Latinoamérica

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Jóvenes latinoamericanos contra la corrupción, Silvia Viñas:
Andrea Arzaba comparte un video donde entrevista a jóvenes latinoamericanos que lideran proyectos a favor de la transparencia y de la rendición de cuentas. Estos jóvenes participaron en el 3er Foro de Voces Contra la Corrupción, organizado por la Red Mundial de Lucha contra la Corrupción (GYAC) en Brasilia, Brasil el 5 y 6 de noviembre.

Peruvian Ambassador to Argentina Resigns Over Meeting with Movadef, Juan Arellano, English translation by Betsy Galbreath (Español aquí):
Movadef, or the Movement for Amnesty and Fundamental Rights, which has been accused of being a sort of screen for the terrorist group Shining Path, continues to make a name for itself and not just in Perú, but also abroad. This time it caused the “resignation” of the Peruvian ambassador to Argentina, Nicolás Lynch.

#8N: New Massive Protest in Argentina, Laura Schneider, English translation by Elizabeth Rivera (Español aquí):
Organized through social media under the hashtag #8N, Argentinians protested across the country against the current government of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

Informe Netizen Latinoamérica y el Caribe: Edición delitos informáticos, Equipo Informe Netizen:
En los últimos diez años, varios países de la región han presentado proyectos de ley que intentan combatir “delitos digitales”. Un efecto de estas iniciativas es que el estado recolecta información personal de usuarios de Internet, y se corre el riesgo de violar el derecho a la privacidad.

Ecuador Battles Violence in Sports, Daniela Gallardo, English translation by Betsy Galbreath (Español aquí):
Ecuador begins the fight against sports violence after the death of George Murillo León, a 20 year old who was killed in a clash between supporters of football teams Barcelona and Emelec. “No Sports Violence in Guayaquil” is the first campaign to be undertaken by the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Sports, Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF), the National Assembly, and the Emelec and Barcelona teams.

Chile: Why do we Need Exceptions to Copyright?, ONG Derechos Digitales, English translation by Silvia Viñas:
We have already explained how copyright can clash with freedom of expression. But are there legal alternatives in a copyright system that is increasingly restrictive? If all works are always an interpretation of other works, can we have access to them without necessarily becoming “delinquents”? The good news is that yes, we can, although there are limitations. We have released a new video in the #NoTemasaInternet (Don’t fear the Internet) campaign and will soon upload more material about this issue.

Red Alert in Guatemala After 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake, Silvia Viñas:
Reports on the damages caused by the 7.4 magnitude earthquake that hit off Champerico on the Pacific coast of Guatemala are coming in quickly on Twitter. Netizens are sharing photos and reports with the hashtags #TemblorGT, #TiemblaenGuate, #TerremotoGT, #FuerteSismoGT, #TiemblaenGuate and more.

Argentina Lowers Voting Age to 16, Laura Schneider, English translation by Kimberly Shiller (Español aquí):
The possibility to vote at age 16 was passed on the first of November. Although the vote for minors who are 16 and 17 years of age is optional, this change presents a new challenge for Argentinian politicians with respect to the legislative elections of 2013. Here we share some opinions of young new voters.

Mexicans Weigh in on US Presidential Election, J. Tadeo, English translation by Javad Sikder (Español aquí):
Romney? Obama? Does it matter? Is the American electoral system a model to follow for other countries? Here we have compiled some reactions shared by Mexican netizens regarding the November 6, 2012 elections in the USA.

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Citizen Monitoring in Nicaragua’s Municipal Elections, Eduardo Ávila:
The “Independent Electoral Citizen Observation Platform” is gearing up to encourage Nicaraguans to use digital technologies to monitor and report on the upcoming municipal elections on November 4. In addition to the direct reports to the site, they are encouraging netizens to use the hashtag #YoObservo (I Observe) before and during the election day.

Bolivian Radio Journalist Set on Fire in Yacuiba: Silvia Viñas:
Bolivian radio journalists Fernando Vidal and Karen Arce from Radio Popular in Yacuiba, a city on the Bolivian border with Argentina, were victims of an arson attack on October 29, 2012. Early theories indicate that the attack may have been related to Vidal’s outspoken criticism of corruption and contraband.

Colombian ‘Tiger’ Radamel Falcao, Nominated for FIFA Ballon d’Or, Lully Posada, English translation by Ana isabel Martinez (Español aquí):
The Spanish football club Atlético de Madrid has launched a video promoting Colombian striker Radamel Falcao’s bid to become the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or. The campaign has been well received among Colombians, who have been sharing the spot and commenting the campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #UnTigreDeOro (A golden tiger).

Panamá: Balances tras el caos desatado por la Ley 72, Melissa De León:
Las impresiones de panameños y extranjeros que viven en el territorio nacional no se hicieron esperar tras el caos desatado por la aprobación de la Ley 72. Esta ley, de manera inconsulta, promovía la venta de terrenos de la Zona Libre de Colón, fuente de ingresos al país y a esta provincia, que hoy prácticamente yace en ruinas por el olvido de los gobiernos. Las protestas en contra de la ley dejaron cuatro muertos y decenas de heridos y detenidos.

Peru: Police Enforce Blockade in La Parada Market, Juan Arellano, English translation by Alexandra Quinn (Español aquí):
Following the violent events of Thursday, October 25 -that left two dead and more than a hundred injured in the wholesale market La Parada-, finally Saturday 27 saw the execution of a street blockade in order to deactivate the market that is being relocated. Reports, rumours and reflections following the events of the past days are being circulated on social networks.

President Martinelli Addresses Panama After Repealing Law 72, Ariel Moreno, English translation by Jane Ellis (Español aquí):
President Martinelli of Panama gave a conciliatory speech to try and draw a close to a chaotic week which has left four people dead and many injured as they demonstrated against Law 72. The law authorising sale of land in the Free Zone of Colon was finally repealed. Reactions to the speech on Twitter were many and varied.

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Perú: Analizando los motivos de la violencia en La Parada, Juan Arellano:
El 25 de octubre, en horas de la tarde, un operativo en el mercado mayorista de La Parada, que está siendo trasladado, desembocó una batalla campal entre comerciantes y policías, dejando dos muertos y unos 108 heridos, 66 de ellos policías. Todos estos sucesos fueron ampliamente reportados, difundidos y comentados en blogs y redes sociales.

Chile: Mapuche Prisoners End Hunger Strike After 60 Days, Elizabeth Rivera:
After 60 days on hunger strike, four Mapuche prisoners have ended their protest after the Chilean Supreme Court agreed to some of their demands. This struggle has also brought to light divisions about the conflict among Chileans.

Colombia: Journalist Fired Over Article About Oil Company, Lully Posada, English translation by Betsy Galbreath (Español aquí):
Colombian journalist Daniel Pardo was fired from the website Kien&Ke after publishing a column about the influence exerted by the Canadian oil company Pacific Rubiales in media like W Radio. Many netizens agree that the dismissal is an attack on freedom of the press.

¿Qué es una hackathon? y ¿qué son los datos abiertos?, Juan Arellano:
En un post anterior anunciábamos la realización de una hackathon a nivel latinoamericano: Desarrollando América Latina 2012. Pero es probable que algunos lectores se hayan quedado con la duda de qué es una hackathon y sobre todo, para qué sirve. En este post tratamos de resolver esa duda con definiciones, ejemplos, y dos entrevistas en video con Mariano Crowe, hacker y co-director de Escuelab, una plataforma de aprendizaje y espacio de co-elaboración en Lima, Perú.

Mexico: Central American Mothers in Search of Missing Migrants, Andrea Arzaba:
According to statistics by the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement [es], in the last six years around 70,000 migrants [es] have disappeared in Mexico. For several years, Central American mothers of abducted and missing migrants have traveled all over Mexico looking for their sons and daughters who have disappeared on their way north.

Bolivia: Vice President Keeping Track of Netizens’ Insults, Pablo Andrés Rivero:
A debate on the control of social networks was rekindled in Bolivia after vice president Álvaro García Linera stated that he is monitoring and taking note of netizens who are insulting President Evo Morales. Members of the opposition consider the statement a threat to freedom of speech, others support regulation, and some suggest the government should pay attention to other important issues people demand online.

Chile: #LosQueSobran Campaign to Pull Youth to Polls, Silvia Viñas:
A group of Chilean NGOs have come together in a fun campaign to encourage young people to vote in the Municipal elections this Sunday, October 28. For the first time in Chile, voter registration is automatic and the vote is voluntary.

Colombia: How Attacks on Energy Infrastructure Affects Citizens, Julián Ortega Martínez:
A rise in the number of attacks on Colombia’s energy infrastructure by guerrilla groups FARC and ELN have had a profound impact on the lives of many Colombians.

Panama: Protests Erupt in Colón Over Land Law, Ariel Moreno, English translation by Betsy Galbreath:
The sale of the land in the tax free zone of Colón has sparked a series of protests in Panamá. Government and protesters face off, and neither side seems to want to budge.

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#LosQueSobran: A Fun Campaign to Encourage Chilean Youth to Vote

A group of Chilean NGOs has come together to encourage young Chileans to vote in the Municipal elections which will be held this Sunday, October 28, 2012.

The organisations involved - Ciudadano Inteligente, Un Techo para Chile, Educación 2020 [es], Chao Pescao [es], and Iguales [es] – are taking the action because for the first time in Chile, voter registration is automatic and voting is voluntary.

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Colombian Senator Removed and Disqualified, Triumph for Social Networks?, Lully Posada, English translation by Kimberly Shiller (Español aquí):
On October 16, 2012 the Attorney General’s Office dismissed Senator Eduardo Merlano from office, disqualifying him from holding public office for 10 years after finding him guilty of taking advantage of his position as senator to avoid a traffic ticket. News of the dismissal was well received among Colombian netizens, who attributed the achievement to a successful campaign calling for Senator Merlano to resign.

Ecuador: Irregularidades en préstamo de banco Cofiec desatan indignación, Belén Quezada:
Esta semana se presentó ante la Fiscalía el ex presidente Ejecutivo del banco Cofiec, Antonio Buñay, supuesto responsable por el ‘caso Cofiec’. El #CasoCofiec, como ha sido denominado por los tuiteros ecuatorianos, se desató a causa de una irregularidad en un préstamo bancario de Cofiec -una entidad estatal- por US$800.000 al inversionista argentino Gastón Duzac.

Panama, Honduras and Costa Rica Continue on the Road to 2014 World Cup, Ariel Moreno, English translation by Kimberly Shiller (Español aquí):
Panama, Honduras and Costa Rica advanced to the final qualifying round in the Concacaf (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) competition to reach the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Football fans on various social networks have been discussing the exciting qualification matches.

Colombia: The “Lleras Law” and Content Creation, Juan Arellano, English translation by Alan Bailey (Español aquí):
We talk with Pilar Sáenz of the Karisma Foundation about the evolution of the controversial Lleras Law, which changes the framework for legislation and regulation of copyrights and intellectual property. Furthermore, we present a video with producer Armadillo Media TV about how the creativity of Colombian internet users could be affected by this law.

Ada Lovelace Day: Celebrating Women’s Genius, Renata Avila:
Ada Lovelace Day, celebrated every October 16, honors international women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths -women’s whose skills are urgently needed for the future of the world. Here we highlight some of these extraordinary women.

The Authors Behind the Venezuelan Literary Boom, Laura Vidal:
This is the second part of an interview with Guillermo Parra of the blog Venepoetics, where he shares his reflections on the new rise of Venezuelan literature and his translations of Venezuelan poet Jose Antonio Ramos Sucre. In this part of the interview we will share Guillermo’s take on the new authors who are painting the landscape of new Venezuelan narratives.

Costa Rica Advances in Legislation for Wildlife Protection, Jenny Cascante:
Costa Rica is advancing in legislation to protect wildlife. On October 10, President Laura Chinchilla signed a decree that strengthens the controls on shark finning in Costa Rican waters. Furthermore, on October 2, the Legislative Assembly approved the first reading of a reform for the Wildlife Conservation Law, which proposes the elimination of hunting sports in the country.

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Colombia to Close ‘Week of Indignation’ with Nationwide Protests, Lully Posada (Español aquí):
Colombians will close a ‘week of indignation’ on October 12 with nationwide protests. The activities held during the week and the march scheduled for Friday seek to mobilize Colombians who are outraged about different issues like education, heath, security, indigenous rights, and more. On social networks many are announcing their participation and posting images and videos to encourage others to attend the march.

Costa Rica: Students Protest Veto of ‘Photocopying Law’, Jenny Cascante, English translation by Jane Ellis (Español aquí):
Thousands of students participated in a march in San José on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, protesting for their right to photocopy textbooks for educational purposes. The unrest was caused by President Chinchilla vetoing Bill 17342 (known as the ‘Photocopying Law’) on the grounds that it removes protection of the work and intellectual property in the artistic, literary and technological areas.

The Venezuelan Elections, From Panama, Ariel Moreno, English translation by Alan Bailey (Español aquí):
The Venezuelan presidential elections were followed with interest in Panama, both by the Venezuelan community in the country and by Panamanians interested in what would happen in the neighboring country.

Venezuela: Post-Election Reflections, Silvia Viñas:
Emotions ran high on Sunday night after the official results of Venezuela’s presidential elections were released. Part of the country celebrated the continuation of the ‘Bolivarian Revolution’ under President Hugo Chávez, while the other side lamented another electoral loss.

Mexico: #YoSoy132 and the Festival ‘Corona Capital 2012′, J. Tadeo, English translation by Kimberly Shiller (Español aquí)
Corona Capital 2012, a musical festival in Mexico where bands such as New Order, Franz Ferdinand, The Raveonettes and many others will perform, has been immersed in a controversy, thanks to a boycott promoted by the movement #YoSoy132.

Developing Latin America 2012, Juan Arellano, English translation by Alexandra Quinn (Español aquí):
The regional hackathon Developing Latin America, organised by Foundation Ciudadano Inteligente (Intelligent Citizen) in six Latin American countries, brings together multidisciplinary teams of designers, developers, entrepreneurs, journalists and citizens that want to find solutions to problems such as poverty, healthcare and education, using technological tools.

Peru: Pollution in Lake Titicaca, Juan Arellano, English translation by Betsy Galbreath (Español aquí):
Pollution in Lake Titicaca has reached alarming levels. In February of this year, the lake was declared as “Threatened Lake of the Year 2012″ by the organizations Global Nature Fund (Germany) and Living Lake (USA). In this post we collect videos and information about the serious environmental damage affecting the Titicaca.

Venezuela: Chávez Era to Extend for Six More Years, Laura Vidal, English translation by Silvia Viñas (Español aquí)
After the most contested and intense elections of the last decade, Venezuela will see six more years under the administration of Hugo Chávez Frías. Traffic on social networks, particularly on Twitter, was extremely intense, especially moments before the official announcement of the results.

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Panama: Controversial 510 Copyright Bill Approved, Ariel Moreno, English translation by Marianna Breytman (Español aquí)
The 510 Bill that would regulate copyrights in Panamá was approved on September 26, 2012, by the National Assembly. The outrage against this bill is coming to a boiling point on social networks and Panamá’s mainstream media since, among other things, it establishes unprecedented liberties to the legislative body charged with enforcing it.

La Ley 510 que regularía los derechos de autor en Panamá fue aprobada el 26 de septiembre por la asamblea nacional. La indignación por esta ley está hirviendo en las redes sociales y medios de comunicación en Panamá, ya que, entre otras cosas, establece libertades sin precedentes al cuerpo encargado de hacerla cumplir.

Mexico: Missing Activist Aleph Jiménez Found Alive, Andrés Monroy-Hernández:
Missing Mexican activist Aleph Jiménez was found alive and claims to have gone in hiding due to safety concerns. Netizens have mixed reactions to the news.

Chile: “I’m in Dicom,” New Video on Copyright and Freedom of Expression, ONG Derechos Digitales, GV Advocacy:
In this new video from the #NoTemasaInternet (“Don’t fear the Internet) campaign, makers of the movie “I’m in Dicom” tell us why they don’t fear the Internet, describing legal actions taken against them and how, despite these attempts, they trust that their right to freedom of expression will prevail over the copyright claims presented in their case.

Privacy Rights Activism in Latin America, Katitza Rodriguez and Renata Avila, GV Advocacy:
Throughout Latin America, new surveillance practices threaten to erode individuals’ privacy, yet there is limited public awareness about the civil liberties implications of these rapid changes.

Paraguay: ISPs Block News Website Without Warrant, Renata Avila, GV Advocacy:
An alarming act of censorship by private companies took place on September 26 in Paraguay. Two Internet Service Providers (ISPs) blocked the AbcColor.me website without a judicial warrant. After pressure from netizens, the websites were unblocked.

Mexico: Writing from Jail, Andrea Arzaba:
Enrique Aranda Ochoa writes literature from jail. Convicted of kidnapping in 1997 with a sentence of 50 years in prison, Enrique has used his time in jail to write six novels and earn various literature awards. His latest book, available for purchase in an electronic format, focuses on the mysteries of the Mayans.

Colombians Cautiously Optimistic About Peace Talks with FARC, Julián Ortega Martínez:
The Colombian government is planning its first set of negotiations with FARC in a decade. While many Colombian bloggers welcome this decision, others do not see the negotiations leading to the end of decades of violence and criminal activities.

Uruguay: Legislators Move Forward Bill to Depenalize Abortion, Silvia Viñas:
After 14 hours of intense debate, Uruguay’s Chamber of Deputies voted 50 to 49 in favor of depenalizing abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Twitter was abuzz during the whole day as Uruguayans shared their opinions on abortion and the bill under debate.

Documentary on Salvadoran ‘Guerrilleras’ Turns to Crowdfunding, Silvia Viñas:
Photographers Rebecka Bíró (Sweden/Spain) and Victoria Montero (Argentina) have teamed up to create ‘Guerrilleras’ a documentary and photography project about the experience of women in the guerrilla during the Salvadoran Civil War (1980-1992).

Peru: Young Woman Killed After Participating in Reality Show, Gabriela García Calderón:
Peruvian netizens were shocked by the murder of 19-year-old Ruth Thalia Sayas Sanchez, a young Peruvian woman who participated in the newly launched reality show ‘The value of truth’ (El valor de la verdad). Her ex-boyfriend and two others kidnapped and later killed her for money after she had won 15,000 Peruvian soles (about US$5,700) on the show.

Mexico: Scientist and Activist Disappears, Family Fears Authorities’ Involvement, Andrés Monroy-Hernández:
Aleph Jiménez, an activist and scientist, has gone missing in México after denouncing police repression following his arrest for participating in a political protest. Two of his colleagues have appeared dead. Family fears authorities are involved.

Mexicans Mourn the Death of Senator Alonso Lujambio, J. Tadeo, English translation by Alan Bailey (Español aquí):
Mexicans from the political sphere and from the public in general mourn the passing of Senator Alonso Lujambio due to illness. Some of the tributes that have been shared on Twitter are collected here.

Mexicanos de la clase política y del público en general lamentan el fallecimiento del Senador Alonso Lujambio a causa de enfermedad. Aquí algunas de las expresiones que se han compartido en Twitter.

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