Seed Alliance Nominated for the WSIS Prizes 2017

The collaboration alliance between LACNIC, APNIC and AFRINIC has been selected for its work in the use of ICTs for development

Seed Alliance, the collaboration alliance established between LACNIC and its Regional Internet Registry peers APNIC and AFRINIC has been nominated for the 2017 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes.

New 3.0 Agriculture

New 3.0 Agriculture

AgriNeTT is an initiative that focuses on the use of digital technologies as a tool to strengthen the work of farmers and agricultural institutions in Trinidad and Tobago. Having received a FRIDA Award in 2016 for being one of the most innovative in Latin America and the Caribbean,

Help for a sister

Originally designed to address a personal communication need, the digital platform Hablando con Julis has become a tool widely used by many people with speech, reading and writing difficulties.
This project was the brainchild of a Colombian family seeking to help one of their daughters to communicate. It is one of the proposals that received financial support from the Regional Fund for Digital Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean (FRIDA) last year.

FRIDA at the IGF: The South Also Exists

The FRIDA program and its Seed Alliance partners, ISIF Asia by APNIC and FIRE Africa by AFRINIC, participated in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which brought more than 3,000 participants from across the world to Guadalajara (Mexico) on 6-9 December.

During this global Internet governance summit,

FRIDA Awards Ceremony at the IGF

This Tuesday, LACNIC’s Regional Fund for Digital Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean (FRIDA) held the ceremony where the two winners received their FRIDA 2016 Awards: AgriNeTT by the University of West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago) and the Mexicoleaks platform (Mexico).

The two winning initiatives were presented with their awards during a special ceremony held within the framework of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Guadalajara,

FRIDA Presence at IGF Mexico

Together with its Seed Alliance partners ISIF Asia by APNIC and FIRE by AFRINIC, LACNIC’s FRIDA Program will be present at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum which will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico, on 6-9 December.

During the IGF, FRIDA will organize two workshops on cybersecurity and entrepreneurship,

From idea to implementation: Open Data as a way to improve citizen engagement

FRIDA has made it possible to go from idea to reality. The University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica wanted to promote citizen participation in order to improve the national budgeting process and encourage transparency in the information on the use of Jamaica’s public resources.

They submitted their project to FRIDA’s call for proposals and were selected to receive a FRIDA grant.

Project for the widespread use of cryptography technologies

With the support of LACNIC’s FRIDA Program, experts at NIC Chile Research Labs (University of Chile) are developing a new electronic signature system to promote widespread access to cryptographic technologies.

FRIDA awarded a US$20,000 grant to this ICT development project titled “Replacing HSMs with Software Based on Threshold Cryptography,” which seeks to allow smaller organizations to conduct secure transactions by using an information encryption system and low cost storage that will achieve or exceed the level of security provided by the hardware security modules (HSM) available on the market.

An Electronic Device that Allows Saving Lives

Emilio, Mario and Kako had already served as volunteers with various humanitarian initiatives in El Salvador and were aware of the fragility of the most disadvantaged communities when faced with natural disasters. This led to thinking about and designing an early warning device that can be used when traditional communication systems have collapsed due to a natural emergency,

Seed Alliance Publishes Completion Report For the 2012 – 2015 Program Cycle

On 19 August 2016, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) approved the Completion Reportsubmitted by the  Seed Alliance team on 6 June 2016.

The Completion Report offers an overview of the Seed Alliance’s work completed under the three-year program cycle 2012-2015, funded by Sida and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) which supported 116 projects across 57 economies for around US$ 2.2 million of funding in Grants and Awards throughout Africa,