08.04.2019 -

Representatives of six Latin American countries receive training from UNESCO for the implementation of internet indicators

On March 14 and 15, representatives of the governments of six Latin American countries met in São Paulo at a workshop to discuss the implementation of Internet Universality Indicators developed by UNESCO

Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Mexico and Uruguay participated in the workshop together with representatives of Brazil, country where one of the pilot applications of the document took place, before its approval by UNESCO member states. The meeting was held at the headquarters of the Regional Center of Studies for the Development of the Information Society (CETIC.br), the Information and Communication Center of Punto BR, the activity's supporter, in São Paulo.

The Internet's universality indicators document gathers 303 quantitative and qualitative indicators, developed from four principles: human rights, openness, access and multisectoral participation. The document was approved in November 2018 by the International Program for the Development of Communication (IPDC). The application of the indicators by the Member States of UNESCO is voluntary. For the Councilor for Communication and Information of UNESCO for the region, Guilherme Canela, it is very important that such a diverse group of countries already intends to discuss the implementation of the indicators a few months after their approval. "The interest of the countries in the region confirms the strategic importance of the document, which consolidates international parameters for assessing local realities," says Canela.

The activity carried out in São Paulo aimed to train public agents and consultants for the application of the indicators. For this, there was a presentation and discussion about the principles that support the document and about all the fundamental indicators. The training also went through the eight tasks recommended by UNESCO for the implementation of the indicators.

The first is the creation of a multisectoral advisory group, that can strengthen the quality, legitimacy and transparency of the national evaluation processes. Next, the definition of a research team that has researchers with different capacities. The third task is the development of a research plan that establishes the conceptual premises, the distribution of work in the team, the schedule and the method of application.

The fourth stage is the collection of data, including institutional, quantitative and qualitative evidence. The fifth task is the analysis of data, which allows the assessment of the evidence and the findings. With these stages completed, UNESCO defines the task of drafting and presenting the reports as a task at that time. Next, the organization of a national validation workshop and related dissemination activities. Finally, an impact and monitoring evaluation must be carried out.

In addition to its own training activities, the workshop had three moments to share information and strategic knowledge. In one of them, the six countries involved were invited to present their national realities in terms of the development of the Internet and its use. At another point, researcher Ana Laura Martínez, who works at CETIC.br, discussed statistics and indicators for monitoring the digital agenda in Latin America, based on the Monitoring of the Digital Agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean eLAC2018. In the third moment, the representatives of Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Mexico and Uruguay discussed the challenges for the implementation of the measurement of Internet universality indicators in their country.

Alexandre Barbosa, Manager of CETIC.br, reinforces that the workshop consolidated a process of discussion of the indicators that began five years earlier, already with the contribution of CETIC.br, category II center of UNESCO. "Cetic.br/NIC.br, together with LACINIC, have supported the indicator construction process since its beginning, and remain committed to supporting their implementation", says Barbosa.

The meeting was closed with the discussion of agreements and commitments between the participating countries and UNESCO. A work plan for the countries was established, with rhythms adjusted to local realities. UNESCO will provide methodological and technical support to the process of implementing the indicators in the region.


The activity had the support of the Government of Sweden

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