Latin America hosted the first Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) on November 18th /19th in Santiago, Chile.


Story by Juan Casanueva

PDF brings the latest debates, opinions and case studies on the use of technology in social and political contexts. After the PDF, the Open Society Institute (OSI) with help of the Human Rights Department of Universidad de Chile's Law Faculty sponsored a technology training for 30 Latin American NGOs personnel involved in OSI's programs. These NGOs included Fundar, Artículo 19, CiudadanoInteligente, and IDL Reporteros.  Ten Latin American experts in digital media and technology participated as trainers in order to share experiences, show case studies and facilitate knowledge exchange in order to strengthen NGOs and activists capacities. 


As part of the training curricula, 10 Tactics toolkits in Spanish were distributed to all participants and examples of infoactivist experiences on campaigning, mobilisations, crowd-sourcing data use, contact management, video-witnessing and visualisation were screened. 


The training also included brief project presentation sessions from different Latin American regions. These projects included IDL Reporteros, an independent Peruvian journalist collective that research and publish  power abuse, corruption and rights advocacy cases. Also from Peru, a representative of Transparency International Peru showed the InfoGob internet portal that is being used to keep the track record of politicians, political parties, elections and local political agenda. 


Three Mexican cases were explained: Fundar's Subsidios al Campo portal that visualizes the farm subsidy allocation in regions and recipients, Artículo 19's Mexcian Access to Information Index website and Vive con Drogas' information, news and analysis Internet repository on drug information in Mexico. 

PHOTOS: 10 Tactics distribution at the first PDF in Chile