It is with great enthusiasm that we share that after 14 years of research, field building and policy influence in Latin America, DIRSI will transition to its next phase as a regional cyber policy think tank called Centro Latam Digital. In this new phase, DIRSI joined forces with Telecom CIDE, a research center based at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) with over 15 years of rigorous academic research on ICT policy and regulation in the region. Centro Latam Digital is based in Mexico City.
Over the years, DIRSI has grown as a network of more than 30 researchers across the region, and has generated more than 90 academic papers and reports on topics ranging from ICT affordability and access to the digital economy and its impact on marginalized populations. DIRSI has become a thought leader on the challenges of digital inclusion in the region, and has worked closely with policymakers to provide training and research that has influenced legislation in several countries including Paraguay, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador and Argentina. The network has also been instrumental in training emerging researchers in the region to contribute to ICT research as a specialized academic field.
Dynamic ongoing digital innovations, in particular artificial intelligence, are generating a significant impact on all sectors of the countries and creating new vacuums of knowledge. This context offered the opportunity to diversify our thematic span and expand our ongoing capacity-building activities as well as our partnerships with civil society organizations, policymakers, industry leaders and other think tanks in the region and beyond.
With support from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), we embarked on this transition in 2018, which has now been completed. This transition was formalized on August 23, 2019, in an event that brought together policymakers, civil society leaders and academics at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP) in Lima to celebrate DIRSI’s legacy and introduce Centro Latam Digital. We invite you to read more about this event and announcement here.
Centro Latam Digital will build on DIRSI’s regional presence, with staff and affiliate researchers in Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina. Former DIRSI steering committee members, Roxana Barrantes and Hernan Galperin, will continue to be involved as co-directors of Centro Latam Digital. Judith Mariscal will lead the strategy and operations from Mexico City as Executive Director. As an affiliate institution of Centro Latam Digital, IEP will lead the creation of a new regional academic journal on cyber policy for Latin America, creating a unique academic platform for the dissemination of quality ICT research in the region.
We would like to thank you for your support and partnership with DIRSI over the past 14 years. We would also like to thank all of DIRSI’s former researchers, fellows and staff across the world who have been catalysts for our impact and led us to reach this important institutional transformation. Foremost, we would like to thank IDRC for its continued support for DIRSI and now Centro Latam Digital, which represents an invaluable investment in building research capacity to improve cyber policies in the region.
We look forward to continue working with all our partners across Latin America and the Global South. Please follow @LatamxDigital on Facebook and Twitter, connect with Centro Latam Digital on LinkedIn, and visit www.centrolatam.digital.