Posts Tagged “Colombia”

Data retention in Colombia, one of the longest in the world

by Digital Rights LAC on February 28, 2023


Everyday governments around the world seek to extend their ability to monitor citizens’ communications. A tool for doing so is data retention. By Juan Diego Castañeda* Every sixty seconds on internet about 4 million Google searches are made, more than 200 million emails are sent and nearly 2 and a (…)  Leer Artículo »

Colombia settled debt to the blind

by Digital Rights LAC on February 26, 2023


After struggling in the Colombian Constitutional Court, the law guaranteeing the autonomous and independent access to the blind and low vision to information, communications, knowledge and ICT was declared constitutional. Reading is constitutional! By Luisa Fernanda Guzmán Mejía (@lfdagm)* Since its enactment, theLaw No. 1680 of 2013 has been crucial (…)  Leer Artículo »

The dangerous ambiguity of communications encryption rules in Colombia

by Digital Rights LAC on January 30, 2023


In Colombia, the discussion about the legitimacy of using encrypted communications must start from the fact that there is already legislation on the matter. By Juan Diego Castañeda Gómez It is not unusual that, with attacks such as those in Paris against the satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo,’ governments react by (…)  Leer Artículo »

Documenting Internet blocking in Venezuela

by Digital Rights LAC on October 29, 2023

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Marianne Díaz Hernández. Venezuelan attorney and storyteller, activist of @accesolibre and legal leader of Creative Commons in Venezuela. Twitter: @mariannedh Although Venezuela does not appear in global Internet censorship reports, the country has a history of questionable practices regarding content filtering and user persecution for their online activities. Despite what (…)  Leer Artículo »

Reading is not unconstitutional

by Digital Rights LAC on September 30, 2023


Who would have thought filing a lawsuit against a legislation permitting a blind person to transform the book One Hundred Years of Solitude into an accessible format, thus, allowing its reading? By Diego Caballero, Fundación Karisma* Can you read this text and others without help from anyone or anything? If (…)  Leer Artículo »

18 months in prison by commenting on the Internet

by Digital Rights LAC on August 29, 2023


The case presents an unflattering scenario for defending freedom of expression in Colombia’s digital environment. Freedom of expression is not only access to information; it is also the possibility of disseminating and freely expressing our views. By Carolina Botero, Karisma. Recently, in Colombia, we knew about a sentence to an (…)  Leer Artículo »

Sharing is Not a Crime

by Digital Rights LAC on July 30, 2023


Diego posted a thesis from the “Master’s Program at Universidad Nacional de Colombia” on Scribd, five years after the piece of work was published and set available to the users of the University Library. Now, Diego is facing a penal process for violating copyright, something which could result in 4 (…)  Leer Artículo »

What do free trade agreements have to do with your ability listen to music online? A lot more than you would expect…

by Digital Rights LAC on July 30, 2023


By, Tyler Snell* A growing pernicious trend that is greatly affecting digital policy around the world is called “policy laundering” – the use of secretive international trade agreements to pressure countries to commit to restrictive or overly broad laws that would not ordinarily pass a transparent, democratic process.   Not (…)  Leer Artículo »

Civil society’s role in the Internet Governance debate

by Digital Rights LAC on June 30, 2023


By Amalia Toledo* A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to organize and moderate a panel discussion at the Online Freedom Coalition (FOC) conference, which took place in Tallinn, Estonia, from 28 to 29 April 2014. The panel “Experiences of Civil Society to nurture the international debate on (…)  Leer Artículo »

Access to Information Act in Colombia, A Citizen Achievement

by Digital Rights LAC on May 5, 2023

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On March 6, 2023 the President of Colombia approved the Access to Public Information Act. This norm contains a number of international standards on this fundamental right and stems from an initiative of the civil society alliance, More Information More Rights. By Emmanuel Vargas* Access to information in Colombia has (…)  Leer Artículo »


by Digital Rights LAC on April 2, 2023


At the end of last year, I traveled to India to share my time with organizations working on issues related to the ones we work on at Karisma Foundation: human rights in digital environments, including issues of copyright, privacy and access to knowledge issues. This article summarizes some reflections and (…)  Leer Artículo »

[2013 Assessment] Freedom of speech in Colombia

by Digital Rights LAC on January 28, 2023

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In Digital Rights LAC, we asked to different specialists in the region about their personal appraisal in digital rights issues. This is the case of Emmanuel Vargas of Colombia, to whom we asked what balance left 2013 and what we can expect for 2014 on content blocking in Colombia? Here (…)  Leer Artículo »