A new player that promises to fill a key space in the discussion of public policies and regulation of the ICT sector

IDD-LAC sets off and promises to provide a neutral space for debate for all of the ICT players.

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Monday 7th June 2021. Today, the Latin American and Caribbean Institute for Digital Development (IDD LAC) formally announced its launch. It is an initiative that responds to a single interest: to provide a space for discussion that has a real impact on both the creation of public policies and the regulatory systems of the countries in the region. This way, there will be an impulse for the ICT and its multi stakeholders` development. Therefore, the Institute will be a great ally, a place of listening and calm and respectful debate, about the paths that the countries of the region will have to take to make this possible.

 

“It all started as an informal talk that, from one moment to another, became very formal, in which we agreed that a space should be filled at the dialogue table, that until now it was empty in the region: that of the neutral figure in the debates on Internet Governance and the creation of the countries’ digital agendas”, Its leaders, Raquel Gatto (Brazil), Andrés Piazza (Argentina) and Andrés Sastre (Uruguay) agreed. They have been active in  other dialogues before the IDD LAC emerged, representing different organizations from different stakeholders.

 

As they mentioned, they all share the same concerns: “First, the detection of the need to translate the multi stakeholder dialogues between the parties into concrete projects that impact on the ICT sector rules.. We cannot afford to continue transplanting imported regulatory frameworks conceived by and for other realities. The LAC region policies should reflect the local and/or regional vision”, they specified.

 

The founders stressed that “they aspire to be true instruments of change and evolution for the Digital Ecosystem”, while they intend to transform the IDD LAC into an active platform for capacity development of the different actors, and decision makers may design regulatory frameworks and public policies in a conscious and thoughtful way, thinking of solutions that have a positive impact both in the short and in the medium and long term.

 

“We hope to continue gathering wills to be able to count on the necessary support from the community, since the Institute belongs to everyone and works for everyone; otherwise, it lacks sense”, its founders ended.