Our work

Centro Latam Digital builds on a 15-year trajectory of DIRSI and Telecom-CIDE which in recent years focused on salient research areas to address pressing issues in the Latin American context. These include regulatory policies to promote a pro-poor and pro-market environment for information and communications technologies (ICT) adoption at the bottom of the pyramid.

CLD has taken the opportunity to expand its areas of study to understand and evaluate the latest technological innovations and their impact on inclusive ICT adoption and development. We have focused on developing research about the political economy behind cybersecurity strategies in different countries in the region, digital rights and privacy, the future of work and artificial intelligence, digital financial services, among other topics. 

Our aim is to contribute to the design and implementation of inclusive, ethically-grounded and evidence-based digital policies that respond to the long-standing as well as new challenges faced by Latin America.

Currently, our research activities are centered around three main subject areas: artificial intelligence (AI), threats to privacy, and infrastructure deficit and the digital divide.

Artificial Intelligence for Development

In spite of recognizing that AI is a disruptive technology with great potential to advance economic and social development in Latin America, there are only a few governments that prioritize cohesive, integral, national-level strategies to harness all of its benefits for the public good. Artificial intelligence is a cross cutting issue that requires effective coordination between agencies and entails regulation, data governance, privacy and security aspects.

Privacy Threats

Despite numerous attempts from researchers and advocacy groups to ensure citizen’s rights to data privacy, we continue to see instances of data breaches and violations from both governments and companies. Most recently, the crisis presented by Covid-19 is fertile ground to exacerbate this issue and threatens to increase privacy violations by means of different technologies and applications used for the sake of slowing the rate of infection.

Infrastructure Deficit and Digital Divide

In light of recent global developments, CLD has prioritized the urgency of addressing long-standing inequality ICT access gaps. The immediate effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the measures taken by various governments to address the health emergency have highlighted our increasing dependence on reliable connectivity and adequate infrastructure. Infrastructure deficit in the region has led to the critical issue of inequality, i.e., connectivity gaps, affordable and quality access, network robustness, security and traffic management.  The suspension of schools and universities as well as of non-essential activities and work has made the costs of the digital divide more clear than ever.