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. 

About PIR

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: DNS, Domain Names, Registry Services, ICANN, Security

WEEKLY WRAP — Get CircleID's Weekly Summary Report by Email:

Related Blogs

Related News

Topics

Industry Updates – Sponsored Posts

Public Interest Registry Releases Bi-Annual Report, .Org Domain Registrations Pass 10.4 Million

Public Interest Registry to Speak About Upcoming Launch of .ngo and .ong Domains for NPOs

Afilias Announces General Availability of .BLACK Top-Level Domain

Nominum Announces Future Ready DNS

Last Lap of .WEBSITE, .PRESS and .HOST Sunrise

DotConnectAfrica Trust Responds to ICANN 50 GAC Advice, Updates on .Africa Application IRP Status

New .ORGANIC Domain Sunrise Begins, Creating Verified Space 
for Organic Products and Services

Non-English "IDN Email" Addresses Are Finally Working!

TLD Registry to Speak at Inaugural World Domain Day India

New from Verisign Labs - Measuring Privacy Disclosures in URL Query Strings

Independent Endorsement of Dot Chinese Online & Dot Chinese Website

ICANN London Recap Webinar

Four Reasons to Move from .COM to Your .BRAND Domain

DotConnectAfrica Delegates Attend the Kenya Internet Governance Forum

Introducing the New .ORGANIC Domain: A Trusted, Credible Space for Organic Products on the Web

.WANG - 15,000 Registrations on Day One of General Availability

Dot Brand: Why Your Brand Needs Its Own Top-Level Domain

Afilias Announces Start of .BLACK Sunrise Period

Radix Launches Three New TLDs in Sunrise With Backing from 50+ Registrar Partners

.WANG General Availability Opens on June 30, 2014

Sponsored Topics