News

  • November News 2019

    Currently @ LATINNO The circulation of unchecked information is considered a threat to democratic bases, creating misinformation among citizens through the spread of misleading or false statements aimed at damaging specific actors or entities, or to create political favour or economic benefits to other parties. The increased use and proliferation of the so-called “fake news” is becoming a common tool to influence citizen perceptions for electoral and political purposes. In Latin America, the use of ...

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  • October News 2019

    Currently @ LATINNO This month Latin America has been on the international spotlight as mass protests broke throughout the region. In Haiti, the precarious economic situation and numerous corruption scandals linked to government officials have fueled violent demonstrations against the President. Around the same time, indigenous-led mobilizations against austerity measures adopted by the government took over Ecuador, receding only once the President agreed to suspend them. In Chile, a raise in Santiago's subway fare catapulted into massive demonstrations against rampaging inequality ...

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  • September News 2019

    Currently @ LATINNO Since August, worldwide attention has turned to Latin America where record-breaking fires have threatened the preserved areas of the Amazon Jungle, which represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforest and comprises the richest biodiversity in tropical rainforests. According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (Pt. Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais) deforestation in the Amazon has increased 278% compared to last year. This month’s events increased the gravity and concern regarding the already severe ...

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  • August News 2019

    Currently @ LATINNO In recent years, Smart Cities have multiplied around the world. Through the use of ICTs (information and communication technologies) and other innovations, Smart Cities seek to enhance citizen’s quality of living by positively transforming their urban environments. In their quest for increasing efficiency in urban management and improving the performance of local administrations, the idea behind Smart Cities promotes the creation of “smart environments” that simplify the provision of city-related services. In this ...

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  • July News 2019

    Currently @ LATINNO Despite the tensions in Central America, where thousands of citizens have been driven to flee their countries running from violence and seeking better opportunities, this month a number of initiatives by the regional administrations evidence the efforts to provide for political stability. In this context, the new elected President of El Salvador and the Secretary of State of the United States signed a bilateral agreement to handle migration and combat drug trafficking. ...

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  • June News 2019

    Currently @ LATINNO Oversight bodies allow citizens to get actively involved in fostering social accountability and setting political agendas, making them essential institutions in modern democracies. They are independent bodies that focus on the observation, analysis, monitoring and evaluation of political processes and policies implemented by public authorities. They seek to understand and influence the public policy cycle and to provide valuable information that contributes to the resolution of public management related problems, thus increasing ...

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  • May News 2019

    Currently @ LATINNO Digital technologies have rapidly evolved in the last 30 years, facilitating internet access and increasing the use of computers and mobile devices around the world. According to the World Bank, Latin America is the fourth largest online market globally, with 62% of the regional population having access to Internet. In this context, citizen participation is being transformed by these new technologies, forcing governments and authorities to adapt their democratic processes to these ...

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  • April News 2019

    Currently @ LATINNO This month, on the 49th annual Earth Day celebrated on the 22nd, thousands of protesters and environmental activists mobilized around the world to demonstrate against climate change and to demand authorities for the adoption of immediate actions to mitigate global warming. The climate crisis has pushed citizens to take action by forcing leaders and politicians to hold their promises on the Paris Agreement.   With people demanding to have a say on environmental and ...

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  • March News 2019

    Currently @ LATINNO This month, we take a closer look at the developments in Mexico, as the newly elected President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), completed his first 100 days in office. While opinions regarding AMLO's performance so far have been diverse, his administration has pushed for a new national project known as the “Fourth Transformation”, which has signaled a clear desire to break established practices from past administrations and make the new leftist President distinguishable ...

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  • January News 2019

    Currently @ LATINNO Even though it is unclear what 2019 will bring to Latin America in the current convoluted political landscape, the resilience of organized citizenry offers a glimpse of hope to the future of democracy in the region. This month, we have addressed some of these concerns and prospects at King's College London. Opening the University's Brazil Week, LATINNO's project coordinator, Thamy Pogrebinschi talked about how challenges to democracy in Brazil derive from a misalignment ...

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