Silvia Viñas · January, 2012

Uruguayan-Spanish journalist, editor, and blogger. Currently living in Chile, tweeting in English and Spanish under @silviavinas, and blogging on

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Latest posts by Silvia Viñas from January, 2012

Venezuela: The Impact of Social Networks

  12 January 2012

In an essay for Centro Gumilla [es], researcher Raisa Urribarri analyzes the impact of social networks, online citizen participation and other changes in the field of alternative communication in Venezuela.

Honduras: Priest Denounces Police Attack

  10 January 2012

Father Marco Aurelio Lorenzo, a Catholic priest, has denounced a police attack on December 26, 2011, “when he and two brothers […] stopped along the highway to rest. […] Eight police officers set on them and beat them, badly enough that they then took them to the hospital,” Honduras Culture...

Nicaragua: Life in Villa Norte

  9 January 2012

In the blog Huella Libre [es], Fernando Guzman describes the difficult living conditions of residents of a settlement in Jinotega, Nicaragua, called Villa Norte.

Uruguay: Summer in Montevideo

  9 January 2012

Lola, in 7 neuronas [es] (“7 neurons”), provides some information and links to cultural and sports events that will take place during these Summer months in Montevideo.

Venezuela: Netizens Threatened, Hacked

  8 January 2012

Naky Soto Parra, in her blog El Zaperoco de Naky [es], posts a message by Global Voices contributor Luis Carlos Díaz, who has been receiving threats for his online activity. Luis Carlos explains that the threats and cyber-attacks come from hackers who target netizens that criticize the government. He calls...

Argentina: Netizens React to Increase in Subway Price

  6 January 2012

The Argentine Post reports: “Subway ticket prices more than doubled today [January 6] to 2.50 pesos (58 US cents) from 1.10 previously. The increase comes just days after the federal government turned over management of the subway system to the City of Buenos Aires.” iProfesional gathers some Twitter reactions [es],...

Bolivia: Site Removes Blogger's Posts and Apologizes

  6 January 2012

Website elSistema has issued a public apology [es] on their Facebook page after copyrighting blogger Pablo Rivero's posts that were originally published in his blog under a Creative Commons license. The site also removed the content. Pablo explains his position and shares his final comments on the incident in his...

Governments Need to Act with ‘CARE’ to Protect Human Rights Online

  6 January 2012

Argentine academic and blogger Eduardo Bertoni answers the question, “What can governments do to protect human rights online?” with an acronym: “governments should act with CARE.  This means that governments should Coordinate their policies with other countries; Apply international human rights standards, especially freedom of expression ones; Regulate the Internet with responsibility; and take...

El Salvador: Blogger Challenges Youth to Transform Country

  5 January 2012

Fernando Marroquin says [es] youth in El Salvador talk too much -about politics, governance, etc.– but do too little or nothing to change the situation: “We don't act, we are spectators with bad seats”. He concludes his post by challenging other young Salvadorans to join him in taking action to...

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