31 May, 2023
This category seeks to support projects, initiatives, or solutions that address current challenges faced by Latin America and the Caribbean in relation to the Internet and human rights, as well as digital inclusion at the regional level.r rights in the digital environment, such as the right to information, freedom of expression and privacy.
The Internet and Human Rights
The goal of this theme is to support projects, initiatives, or solutions that focus on the protection, promotion, and/or solution of challenges or needs related to human rights in areas such as freedom of expression, the right to privacy and data protection, human rights and the digital environment, the role of emerging technologies, and their impact on the Internet and human rights.
With this theme, FRIDA seeks to support projects, initiatives, or solutions that address digital inclusion with a multidimensional approach, providing responses to challenges or needs related to the digital divide in terms of the digital skills and competences required by the future of education and employment, the barriers preventing access to the Internet, and the affordability gap (cost of access and devices).
The main purpose of the FRIDA program is to support projects, initiatives or solutions that contribute to the consolidation of a global, open, stable, and secure Internet. Two formats are available:
FRIDA Grants provide non-reimbursable funds and technical support to projects, initiatives, or solutions with a maximum duration of 12 months.
FRIDA Awards offer economic recognition and highlight projects, initiatives, or solutions with proven, concrete impact.
For both formats (Grants or Awards), applicants must be based in and conduct their activities in Latin America and the Caribbean, specifically in territories that are part of the LACNIC service region. Proposals should also focus on these territories.
In all cases, the following groups may apply to the FRIDA Program:
- Operators, IXPs, NOGs, or other actors in the technical community
- Universities, research centers, or working groups/experts
- Associations, cooperatives, and other civil society organizations
- Public and/or government agencies
- Private entities and/or companies
Non-reimbursable financial support and technical follow-up
Projects, initiatives, or solutions selected under the Grants format may each request financial support from up to US$30,000. Any project carried out with the support of FRIDA must use open-source software and/or open-source hardware.
In addition to financial support, the FRIDA Program follows the execution of the project and provides opportunities for the dissemination of its results and the knowledge generated.
Projects, initiatives, or solutions selected under the Awards format will each receive a recognition from LACNIC, US$10,000 in financial support.