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A regional pro-encryption agenda aims to guarantee the development of the Internet Ecosystem together with the exercise of democracy and respect for human rights.

The launch of the Alliance for Encryption in Latin America and the Caribbean, AC-LAC included an event with active participation of representatives of the 15 organizations that comprise it, and they jointly developed the basic agreements that this alliance has achieved regarding encryption.

The full discussion in video is available (in Portuguese and Spanish) here

Tuesday, 26th. October, 2021. Last 21st october, #ACLAClive, the launch event of the Alliance for Encryption in Latin America and the Caribbean, ACLAC took place

The participants jointly reviewed the basic agreements reached by the Alliance on encryption: human rights protection, especially privacy and freedom of expression, plus the need to generate a common framework of agreements and the translation from those agreements into policies and regulations at the highest level.

The event was attended by the 15 organizations that are part of the Alliance, and resulted in a very dynamic talk with a round of presentations of the member organizations focused on the implications of the multi stakeholder coalition. and a question-and-answer  where some issues were covered such as: importance of a common regional agenda, importance of capacity and sources of information building around the virtues of strong encryption in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

The discussion was also focused on how to build the link between media, journalism and an agenda on encryption and how to reach the most vulnerable sectors through that link. It also focused on the negative consequences of not creating effective messages around cryptography and how it has been dealt with in the media, specially in relation to fake news and disinformation, to discourage a propositional agenda of a more complete and  advanced encryption regulation. Finally, there was some discussion about the effects of hyper digitization during the pandemic and how to go about including encryption within local agendas.

Among participants, the most resonant and highlighted ideas were in first place, the fact that, without exceptions, weakening encryption for a particular case, means weakening it in all cases. It was also noted that a regional pro-encryption agenda aims to strengthen a guaranteeing approach to Human Rights respect and the full and free exercise of democracy in the countries of our region. Cryptography is also a fundamental tool for the Internet Ecosystem development, and also trust.

The representatives of the member organizations were, in order of participation, Flavio Reich Wagner, President of the Brazilian Chapter of the Internet Society; Fernando Rojas, Senior Assistant for Economic Affairs of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Luiza Brandão, Director and Founder of IRIS Institute; Gaspar Pisanu, Latam Policy Manager at Access Now; Veridiana Alimonti, Associate Director for Latin America Policy at EFF; Paulo Rená, representative of Coalizão Direitos na Rede; Raquel Saraiva, President and founder of IPrec; Vladimir Cortés, Official of the Digital Rights Program in Article 19; Andrés Velázquez from the K+LAB team: Privacy and digital security lab of Fundación Karisma; Valeria Betancourt, Coordinator of the Information and Communication Policies Program of APC; Luis Fernando García, Executive Director of R3D; Juan Carlos Lara, Executive Co-director of Derechos Digitales; Raúl Echeberría, Executive Director at ALAI; and Andrés Piazza, Co Director of the Institute For Digital Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, IDD LAC.

The journalist Juan Pablo Carranza served as moderator during the meeting and provided dynamism, a common thread and order of all the interventions and the questions asked to all the participants.

The date of the event purposely coincided with the worldwide celebration of Global Encryption Day, in which Strong Encryption was in the spotlight around the world to defend a more secure, reliable and strong Internet for all users and the services offered within it.

You can review the full talk in the  video shared below (in spanish / portuguese)

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