New online academic Journal promotes discussion around digital policies and economics in the region

Centro Latam Digital (CLD) of Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico, in collaboration with Centro de Estudios en Tecnología y Sociedad (CETyS) of Universidad de San Andrés (UdeSA) in Argentina and Centro de Estudios de Telecomunicaciones de América Latina (cet.la) launched the first issue of the new Latin American Journal on Economics and Digital Society (RLESD), an online academic Journal that aims to disseminate original evidence-based research to support the design and implementation of effective and inclusive digital policies in the region.

RLESD seeks to create a space for academic reflection that contributes to a greater understanding of the economic, technological, political and sociological impacts of telecommunications and information and communication technologies (ICT) in Latin America.

RLESD’s mission is to offer an academic forum for the dissemination of academic work in Spanish, Portuguese and English derived from rigorous, original, unpublished and evidence-based research. The objective is to contribute to disseminating knowledge about the design and implementation of digital policies focused on the context and particular problems of Latin America, including, the digital divide, cybersecurity, e-commerce, data protection and privacy, education and digital skills, internet governance, financial inclusion and digital services, artificial intelligence, online freedom of expression, competition policy in the digital age and ICT regulation.

“This Journal represents the realization of a project that stems from many years of conversation between academics, regulators and different organizations around the need for a space to exchange academic knowledge that contributes to a better understanding of digital policies in the Latin American context,” says Judith Mariscal, executive director of Centro Latam Digital and member of the RLESD editorial committee.

Maryleana Méndez, director of cet.la, stated that “this publication is a great contribution to quality academic research in a key sector for the economic and social development of our region. This joint effort establishes a space that was necessary for Latin American researchers dedicated to the analysis of the important phenomena related to the digital field, to publish their findings and reflections. The Journal publications — rigorous and subject to academic principles and standards — will contribute to evidence-based decision-making in the region, by providing technical knowledge that allows the recognition of best practices, and provides objective elements to improve the design, implementation and evaluation of transversal digital agendas in each country. “

“Latin America and the Caribbean lacks a space for the publication of original research on economics and social development, as well as public policies around digital matters. The Latin American Journal of Digital Economy and Society seeks to promote the production of rigorous knowledge on politics, the economy and digital society focused on the context of the region,” says Carolina Aguerre, co-director of CETyS and member of the RLESD editorial committee.

The first issue of the RLESD features research addressing urgent issues that have been exposed by the current Covid-19 pandemic, including the digital gender divide, digitization, digital skills and connectivity. It includes the following articles by authors from Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, the United States and Uruguay:

  • “Employment and the digital gender gap in Latin America”, authors: Hernán Galperin and Malena Arcidiacono.
  • “Sharing economics in the Brazilian telecommunications sector: inventory and design of a general mechanism”, authors: Luciano Charlita de Freitas, Tiago Sousa Prado, Agostinho Linhares de Souza Filho, Ronaldo Neves de Moura Filho, Carlos Manuel Baigorri, Leonardo Euler de Morais .
  • “FinTech and BigTech: barriers to entry and innovation. State of the situation in Latin America “, authors: Esteban Greco and Fernanda Viecens.
  • “Closing the digital divide: prioritization mechanisms for deployment and possibilities for community networks”, authors: Ana Gabriela Valdiviezo Black and Ramiro Valencia Barahona.
  • “Social conditions for pedagogical continuity in times of pandemic: knowledge mobilized by the Conectar Igualdad Program in Argentina”, author: Sebastián Benítez Larghi.
  • “The state of digitization in Latin America in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic”, authors: Raúl Katz, Fernando Callorda and Juan Jung.
  • “Key aspects to rethink copyright in the digital environment in Latin America”, author: Sebastian Cabello.

This initiative is supported by IDRC.

For more information about the Journal and to read the recent issue, visit www.revistalatam.digital

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Centro Latam Digital is a research center that generates knowledge, strengthens technical capacities and promotes dialogue on the adoption and use of information and communication technologies for economic, political and social development in Latin America. www.centrolatam.digital

Center for Studies in Technology and Society (CETyS) is a research center that seeks to constitute an interdisciplinary field of research, education and dissemination activities on digital policies and the development of digital processes in the public sphere. https://udesa.edu.ar/cetys

The Center for Latin American Telecommunications Studies (cet.la) is an initiative of ASIET, the Inter-American Association of Telecommunications Companies, which aims to promote and support reflection and debate on public policies aimed at the development of telecommunications and the information society in the region, contributing technical and economic analysis to its design, execution and evaluation. www.cet.la