Topic Categories

1. Technical innovation for Internet access and development.

Internet access continues to be a challenge in the region. Expanding and accelerating Internet access is essential for democratizing access, combating inequality and promoting the social and economic benefits that come hand in hand with increased access. For this reason, FRIDA seeks to:

  • Improve access speed and quality.
  • Address accessibility issues (disability and/or linguistic diversity).
  • Provide access where no access exists (rural areas, remote villages, alternative uses of the radio spectrum).
  • Offer innovative, low cost, low power consumption, and low maintenance solutions, including plans and programs aimed at providing Internet access devices.
  • Extend fixed and mobile Internet access through new forms of technical and organizational agreements (civil society/public-private partnerships).
  • Improve the security and resiliency of the infrastructure used to provide Internet access.
  • Identify and promote regulatory aspects that will help accelerate and expand access.
  • Promote and contribute to the deployment, development and maintenance of public points of Internet access for the community.
  • Promote and contribute to efforts geared towards the digital inclusion of specific groups of individuals among the general population.
  • Measure, monitor and publish Internet access status and evolution indicators.
  • Promote the development of new protocols, services and standards.
  • Encourage our region to contribute to Internet innovation and evolution.

Topics of special interest to FRIDA include: accelerating and expanding access, infrastructure, the Internet of Things, IPv6 deployment, security, development of open standards, Internet Governance, and regulations for expanding and accelerating access.

Examples:

2015 FRIDA Award. Quintana Libre: Digital Community Network. Asociación Civil AlterMundi. Argentina.

2013 Grant. Dominican Cyber Observatory. DO CSI. Dominican Republic.

2. Internet and technologies for social inclusion, strengthening democracy and the exercise of rights and freedoms.

Participation is a transformative element that brings together and strengthens communities. Digital technologies have the potential to facilitate participatory processes and reduce the barriers that make it difficult for marginalized communities to participate. This category seeks to promote participation through the use of ICT and covers three sub-areas:

(a). Social inclusion and democratization of access and the use of ICT. 

  • Promoting social inclusion of marginalized social groups and communities through the use of digital tools.
  • Promoting innovative, open, inclusive, and sustainable approaches for accessing key content and knowledge that will democratize access and the use of ICTs.
  • Fostering the growth of young developer communities so they can achieve critical mass by promoting applicable and replicable initiatives, with particular emphasis on women and girls in ICT.
  • Promoting skills for content and application development at recreational, social and economic level (hackathons and similar events).
  • Encouraging the creation of alternative licensing, platforms and/or tools that will promote the development, use and consumption of local content and content produced by marginalized communities.

Topics of special interest to FRIDA: the digital divide; ICTs and disability; participation of youngsters, women and girls in ICTs.

Examples:

2014 Grant. Using Graphogame to Level Pre-Reading Competences in Vulnerable Students. AraucaníAprende. Chile.

2011 Award. Plan Ceibal. Uruguayan Government. Uruguay.

(b). Internet and technologies for civic participation and the strengthening of democracy:

  • Encouraging the use of mobile technologies to drive increased participation in social and political processes.
  • Promoting and strengthening the various stakeholders’ transparency and accountability (including governments);
  • Encouraging citizen participation and forcing the exercise of democracy.
  • Facilitating citizens’ access to services (procedure guides, decentralized points of access, etc.).

Topics of special interest to FRIDA include: transparency, open data, active citizenship and civic innovation, open government and state modernization, digital media.

Examples:

2013 Award. Willay: Governance and Citizenship through ICTs in Rural Areas of Peru. Ongawa. Peru.

2013 Award. Chequeado: Digital Fact-Checking Platform. La Voz Pública Foundation. Argentina

(c). Internet and technologies for freedoms and rights.  

  • Encouraging the strategic use of the Internet for the promotion and defense of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
  • Regulatory developments that promote and defend the exercise of Human Rights in the digital environment.
  • Implementing tools that will contribute to user security and privacy.
  • Capacity- and awareness-building campaigns for defending and promoting Human Rights online.
  • New forms of intellectual property in the digital environment.
  • Implementing tools that will contribute to user security and privacy.

Topics of special interest to FRIDA: Human Rights; sexual and reproductive rights; rights of women, children, girls and adolescents; legal challenges and rights in digital environments.

Examples:

2011 Award. Mega No Movement – Say No to Internet Surveillance. Movimento Mega Não! Brazil.

2012 Award. Net Neutrality Campaign. ONG META/NeutralidadSi.org. Chile.

3. Internet and technology for social and economic development.

ICTs can be used to enhance community development, making it easier to attain goals in various areas such as health, education, industry, environment, agriculture and many others. This means that small technological interventions have the potential to make substantial contributions to the reduction of poverty in the region and the promotion of the economic empowerment of underserved communities. For this reason, the program seeks to:

  • Encourage the use of ICTs for enhancing human development and economic empowerment, thus promoting the reduction of poverty.
  • Promote new uses of ICTs in education.
  • Work on promoting gender equality, enhancing interventions through the use of digital tools.
  • Implement telehealth services (e-health, m-health and telemedicine).
  • Improve preventive and control measures through the use of ICTs in case of emergencies and natural disasters.
  • Meet challenges in the areas of ​​economy and employment through projects that leverage ICTs and strengthen digital ecosystems.
  • Explore the potential of the Internet of Things for development in areas such as health, agriculture, climate change, energy and natural resource management.

2012 Award. M-Fisheries. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The University of The West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago).

2014 Grant. Community Action Networks – Kit Reacción. Asociación Conexión al Desarrollo. El Salvador.