Home / Industry

Expanding the Internet in Latin America: Step Inside the World of .ORG


.ORGanize 2006: Expanding the Internet in Latin America

In many developing regions, a digital divide separates wealthy citizens from those with lower incomes. Closing this gap means more than providing low-cost access to technology; it also means providing education about the benefits of technology and overcoming deeply ingrained fears.

Through a new series of conferences called .ORGanize 2006: Strategic Use of the Internet for the .ORG Community, PIR is working to provide noncommercial organizations with the knowledge and skills to bring the Internet to citizens of all income levels throughout Latin America. The conferences bring together representatives from the business, nonprofit, education and government sectors. Topics include:

  • Benefits of an online presence and the .ORG domain name;
  • Strategic uses of the Internet for noncommercial organizations; and
  • Technical and security issues for the Internet.

The first of the conferences was held in Quito, Ecuador, on May 18. "Internet usage in Ecuador is an interesting paradox. Ecuador has an Internet penetration rate of 5.5 percent, an increase of more than 200 percent over the past four years," says Klaus Stoll, president of ChasquiNet and a charter member of the .ORG Advisory Council. "There are still, however, many barriers to getting online, as well as lack of trust in the Internet. This conference will address these issues so that additional Ecuadorians can more confidently get online."

In addition to PIR's providing an overview and the benefits of .ORG, other presenters included representatives from CONATEL, a government agency that regulates telecommunications in Ecuador; FLACSO, a local university; Fundación Biciacción; Fundación ChasquiNet; ICANN; and Microsoft.

During the meeting, CONATEL announced a new connectivity agenda for Ecuador. "This conference is very relevant for our country," says Dr. Juan Carlos Solines Moreno, president of CONATEL. "We are trying to improve the local penetration of the Internet, and we think that promoting new alternatives to bring local content and applications, produced and generated by the social sector, will be very good for developing the Internet and the information society."

More than 120 people participated from a range of noncommercial organizations, including philanthropic and cultural institutions, religious and social organizations, telecenters, as well as the government, private and public sectors.

"Having a .ORG domain allows us not only to have an Ecuadorian reach but a Latin American and global reach as well, which is an enormous opportunity. This conference is directed at our needs, and most importantly for organizations or entities in the noncommercial sector, it is opening a door to the Internet for all of us," says one attendee. 

PIR

About PIR – Public Interest Registry is a nonprofit corporation that operates the .org top-level domain – the world's third largest "generic" top-level domain with more than 10 million domain names registered worldwide. As an advocate for collaboration, safety and security on the Internet, Public Interest Registry's mission is to empower the global noncommercial community to use the Internet more effectively, and to take a leadership position among Internet stakeholders on policy and other issues relating to the domain naming system. Learn More

Related topics: Cybersecurity, DNS, Domain Names, ICANN, Registry Services

 
   

Don't miss a thing – get the Weekly Wrap delivered to your inbox.

Related Blogs

Related News

Explore Topics

Dig Deeper

Verisign

Cybersecurity

Sponsored by Verisign
Afilias

DNS Security

Sponsored by Afilias
Afilias Mobile & Web Services

Mobile Internet

Sponsored by Afilias Mobile & Web Services

Promoted Posts

Now Is the Time for .eco

.eco launches globally at 16:00 UTC on April 25, 2017, when domains will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. .eco is for businesses, non-profits and people committed to positive change for the planet. See list of registrars offering .eco more»

Industry Updates – Sponsored Posts

Radix Announces Global Web Design Contest, F3.space

Global Domain Name Registrations Reach 330.6 Million, 1.3 Million Growth in First Quarter of 2017

.TECH Gets Its Big Hollywood Break

Verisign Named to the Online Trust Alliance's 2017 Audit and Honor Roll

Why the Record Number of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking UDRP Filings in 2016?

Attacks Decrease by 23 Precent in 1st Quarter While Peak Attack Sizes Increase: DDoS Trends Report

UDRP: Better Late than Never - ICA Applauds WIPO for Removing Misguided 'Retroactive Bad Faith'

The Rise and Fall of the UDRP Theory of 'Retroactive Bad Faith'

.PRESS Supports Press Freedom Day for 3rd Consecutive Year

Leading Internet Associations Strengthen Cooperation

5 Afilias Top Level Domains Now Licensed for Sale in China

Radix Announces Largest New gTLD Sale with Casino.Online

2016 Year in Review: The Trending Keywords in .COM and .NET Domain Registrations

Global Domain Name Registrations Reach 329.3 Million, 2.3 Million Growth in Last Quarter of 2016

A Look at How the New .SPACE TLD Has Performed Over the Past 2 Years

Verisign Releases Q4 2016 DDoS Trends Report: 167% Increase in Average Peak Attack from 2015 to 2016

Neustar to be Acquired by Private Investment Group Led by Golden Gate Capital

Verisign Q3 2016 DDoS Trends Report: User Datagram Protocol (UDP) Flood Attacks Continue to Dominate

2016 U.S. Election: An Internet Forecast

Government Guidance for Email Authentication Has Arrived in USA and UK