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[liberationtech] Latin American Center for Internet Research (C.L.I.S.I)

Cristian Berrio Zapata cristian.berrio at gmail.com
Wed Feb 22 12:04:28 PST 2017


I am very interested in your proposal. Here in the north of Brazil we need
to open space for our voice through these kind of multilateral,
multicultural spaces. What are your thoughts about the structure and
resources required for this project?

2017-02-22 11:42 GMT-03:00 Jose Luis Mendoza Marquez <jluismendoza at gmail.com
>:

> Approach to reality:
> At the Ibero-American level there are many civil society organizations
> that are conducting independent research on the realities being
> developed around the internet. Many of these investigations can be
> circumscribed to a specific reality or need, being sometimes
> commissioned and therefore, exhausted in the commission. This
> research, carried out by capable people who represent an expenditure
> of resources, could serve as an input for the academic world, which
> has had in the region few approaches to the subject, considering it
> still novel, within the rigor required by the standards of scientific
> publications. This results in the need for a connection that allows
> this material to arrive and be used by academics, allowing also the
> replication and extension of these studies as is inherent to the
> scientific world.
>
> Diagnosis of the problem:
> There is a wealth of research and publications that are being
> developed and do not reach the academic/scientific world, accustomed
> to more traditional parameters that require some adaptation while
> being, however, fully compatible and only requiring small adjustments.
> In addition, the academic world develops its own inputs which it uses
> in its research, thus creating two circles that do not communicate
> with each other, and that could maximize the use of resources if they
> feed into each other.
>
> The proposal:
> The creation of a Latin American Center for Internet Research, with a
> presence in Latin America, which would establish links with main
> universities of countries of the region, thus allowing it to create
> lines of research with working groups to orchestrate research in the
> region, and also advise the various NGOs in ways to adapt their
> publications and research so that they serve as an input for the
> academic and scientific world. In addition, this Center would have its
> own publications that would allow it to give a way out of the
> scientific world to research that, having been born by commission, has
> scientific value and usefulness.
>
> Finally, the creation of a Public Lecture that would publicize the
> work of the research center through participation in academic events
> such as congresses, forums, symposia, etc., whether organized by third
> parties or by the research center itself.
>
> We have three clear lines of action; the first is a research center
> with links with the main universities in the region, but without being
> subject to only one, which allows autonomy of action, to develop lines
> of research clearly defined with working groups in the various
> universities. Second, the administration of various publications that
> will allow the dissemination of the work carried out by the working
> groups, as well as the product of research carried out by NGOs in the
> region or independent researchers, providing inputs to researchers and
> academics who seek to continue working on issues associated with the
> internet. Finally, a Public Lecture that organizes and follows up on
> its own academic events, as well as encouraging the participation of
> the associated researchers in diverse events to expand the reach of
> their investigations and contributions.
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