The Alliance for Encryption in Latin America and the Caribbean is born

Virtual launch event on the 21st October will feature the participation of member organizations and will be open to the public

Wednesday, 13th October, 2021 – The Alliance for Encryption in Latin America and the Caribbean (AC-LAC) has been established as a platform for collective capacity and knowledge building, with cryptography as an essential tool for promoting and protecting security and respect for fundamental human rights in the region, such as freedom of expression and privacy.

This regional alliance seeks to advance a proactive agenda to promote and defend Encryption in Latin America and the Caribbean that generates and strengthens an ecosystem of trust, security and stability in information and communication technologies (ICTs), such as the critical infrastructure of the Internet, its applications and services.

The Alliance, initially composed of 13 organizations and 1 as an observer and representing the multiple stakeholders of the digital ecosystem, proposes to coordinate efforts with the different initiatives at the global, regional and national levels, generating spaces for exchange and mobilization before the impact of weakening encryption on rights and security.

The platform, is initially formed by 14 organizations from civil society, the technical community, academia and the private sector in different countries in the region, and seeks to articulate efforts with different initiatives at the global, regional and national levels, creating spaces for exchange and mobilization in light of the impact of the weakening of cryptography about rights and security.

The member organizations, which have worked together to bring a joint agenda, despite their diverse backgrounds and interests, are: Access Now, ALAI, APC; Article 19; Coalizão Direitos na Rede (CDR); Derechos Digitales; EFF; Fundación Karisma; IP.rec; IRIS; ISOC Brazil;; and R3D. The eLAC initiative will participate as an observer member. The AC-LAC is open to receive more members who share the principles and ideas of the alliance.

Next Thursday,21st October, at 17:00hs (UTC), within the framework of the Global Encryption Day, the AC-LAC will present its regional pro-encryption agenda, hand in hand with the 14 member organizations. It will hold an online, live event, with the intention of openly publicizing the reason for its foundation and the importance of encryption for a more secure internet. Find out more about the programme, here.

The Institute for Digital Development of Latin America and the Caribbean – IDD LAC – has the role of Executive Secretariat of the Alliance.

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We talked about the role of encryption in protecting the reproductive rights of people with a uterus in the Workshop held by AC-LAC

The Alliance for Encryption in Latin America and the Caribbean, ACLAC, together with Cultivando Género; Electronic Frontier Foundation, EFF; Instituto de Pesquisa em Direito e Tecnologia do Recife, IP.rec and the movement Mujeres Vivas y Libres, held a Workshop, led by experts from the region and assisted by a multistakeholder audience, where it was addressed encryption as a promoter and protector of reproductive rights and privacy and personal data protection.


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