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Chupadados: project for Latin America shows how technologies can steal personal information

“We are in an abusive relationship with our tech gadgets, and we believe they may be possessed by the Chupadados.” This is how the Chupadados project, launched in December 2016, aims to record, through texts and infographics, how technological equipment and services are used in Latin America to collect, store and even sell personal data - often without knowledge of the users. Read more »


Attacks on freedom of expression in Ecuador increase due to the application of the communications law, according to report

The main attacks on freedom of expression in Ecuador during 2016 were a result of the application of the controversial Organic Law of Communication, in force since 2013, according to the 2016 report from freedom of expression organization Fundamedios. Read more »


FLIP documentary depicts the difficulties of practicing journalism in the regional areas of Colombia

For decades, Colombian journalism has been a direct victim of the violence generated by the country’s armed conflict that started more than 50 years ago. The signing of the new peace agreement with the FARC guerrillas, endorsed by the country’s Congress on Nov. 30, could mean the end of one of the causes of violent censorship for journalists in Colombia. Read more »


Virtual reality in Latin America: introducing the audience to a new way of seeing the world

This is the first part of an article on 360 video and virtual reality initiatives by Latin American media and is also part of a series on Innovative Journalism in Latin America and the Caribbean.(*)


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Mexico and Brazil among the deadliest countries for journalists in 2016, according to CPJ

Although the number of murders of journalists in the world has dropped from record levels, two Latin American countries are among the deadliest for communicators in 2016, according to the year-end report from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Read more »


Book examines role of social movements in communication policies in Latin America

How can you explain the process of transformation of public policies of communication promoted by the initiatives of civil society in Latin American countries in recent years? Read more »


“Credibility Project” wants to distinguish quality journalism in Brazil in order to confront fake news wave

A group of Brazilian journalists, researchers and media have joined to create a kind of stamp of credibility for journalism. The project, a partnership between the Institute for the Development of Journalism (Projor) and Paulista State University (Unesp), sponsored by Google Brazil, wants to develop protocols and tools to identify and certify reliable content on the internet. The aim is to differentiate quality journalism from noise online, in the face of a global wave of fake news. Read more »


Armando.info offers scholarship for international reporters investigating issues ignored by the media

Investigative journalism site Armando.info, which is based in Venezuela, is inviting journalists to propose stories on issues that are largely uncovered.

As part of the Reporting Projects Contest, the site will choose ten stories to receive a stipend of up to US $2,000 that will be published on Armando.info in 2017. Read more »


Dutch journalist jailed in Panama gets reduction in sentence and will be released

Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein who is jailed in Panama on charges of criminal defamation will be released by the Panamanian president in the midst of an international campaign for his release, according to his supporters. Ornstein is on a list from the Ministry of Government of persons to receive a reduction of sentence from the President of Panama in the coming days. However, the announcement does not provide further details. Read more »


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