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Access.org announced the winners of the 1st Annual Access Tech Innovation Prize Awards, a new initiative that awards ideas that use information technology to promote human rights and address issues that are important to communities from across the world. Costa Rican Facebook-integrated app FueraJustoOrozco.com ("out Justo Orozco") was announced as one of the winners.
Costa Rica is advancing in legislation to protect wildlife. On October 10, President Laura Chinchilla signed a decree that strengthens the controls on shark finning in Costa Rican waters. Furthermore, on October 2, the Legislative Assembly approved the first reading of a reform for the Wildlife Conservation Law, which proposes the elimination of hunting sports in the country.
Last Friday, August 3, the group Citizens for Human Rights launched the campaign "Human Rights Now!", in which different Costa Rican personalities call for the need for the State to guarantee the human rights of all people. The promotional video discusses issues like same sex unions and the sexual and reproductive rights of women.
During May of 2011, the LibreBus collective project traveled by bus across the streets of five different Central America countries looking to share their knowledge with enthusiasts of open culture. Now, a documentary showing the different interactions that took place during the tour is available online.
Newspaper La Nación of Costa Rica is the first Central American media outlet to receive and publish diplomatic cables related to the country. The content of these cables has provoked different reactions in Costa Rican blogs and social networks; opinions are as diverse as the topics covered in the cables.
Under the premise of counteracting drug trafficking, the Costa Rican government has endorsed the arrival of a North American fleet to its shores. Costa Ricans turned to blogging and social networks to express their opinions on the matter; for now, most users seem to reject the measure, but those that are in favor of it are also making sure their voice is heard.
Costa Rican bloggers, ranging from amateur chefs to people simply passionate about food, are exploring the world of cuisine by presenting international and local dishes, accompanied by recipes and photos that are enticing the appetite of their readers.
For the first time in Costa Rica's National Culture Awards, digital media was honored when Cristian Cambronero was honored for his journalistic work on his blog Fusil de Chispas.
Costa Rican bloggers, twitter users and other internet enthusiasts enjoyed their own first Domingo En La Mañana (Sunday Morning) on August 30, 2009, where they shared knowledge and experience with one another.
A curious collection of chairs, posters, and lamps called 300% Spanish Design, is currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in San José, Costa Rica.. The 300 pieces of Spanish artwork from some of the biggest names in Spanish art and design, such as Picasso, Gaudí, and Dalí, have caught the attention of Costa Rican bloggers, who are eager to see this traveling exhibit.
Like a delicious recipe, artistic, musical and visual talents are placed together as ingredients in a functional and creative tendency: collectives. Across Costa Rica, many creative groups and collectives are using social media to showcase their work and connect with like-minded enthusiasts. These are some examples of collectives in the fields of film, music and the visual arts.
From local bloggers to professional journalists to those that simply follow the media, everybody is waiting for the The First International Encounter of Citizen Journalism to be held in San José on November 17th. Despite the fact that a considerable percentage of Costa Ricans have access to internet and related communication tools, citizen journalism is still not being developed at its full potential, and many hope that this event may help generate interest.
Two films, produced locally in Costa Rica have captured the attention of local moviegoers, as well as bloggers. El Cielo Rojo (The Red Sky) is about youth in the country, and El Camino (The Road) captures the desire of many to begin a journey. This is the first article for Global Voices Online by our newest author Jenny Cascante.