Projects from Six Different Countries to Receive FRIDA Support

FRIDA, the Regional Fund for Digital Innovation in Latin America that promotes digital inclusion in the region, has decided to provide grants to six research initiatives submitted during the 2013 call for proposals.

An expert committee made up by members of FRIDA's partner organizations selected the six winners after careful analysis of the 55 research proposals that were submitted this year. The selected proposals were presented by researchers from Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Dominican Republic and Mexico, and will receive funding for a total of USD 90,000.

Five Countries, Six Winners. In the category "Efforts to enhance, expand and promote Internet standards development," the judging panel selected the Colombian project titled "Intelligent control for the critical service of an online information system" submitted by Universidad del Cauca. This initiative seeks to build a system of monitoring procedures and threat detection mechanisms that will detect, prevent or correct security events and incidents and determine whether the actions taken to solve security breaches were effective or not through the use of artificial intelligence techniques.

Four projects were selected in the category "Implementing strategies for reliable and effective Internet infrastructure, human capacity and skills development." "I Like Free Internet," the proposal presented by TEDIC of Paraguay that seeks to conduct a campaign on the importance of the Internet in the lives of Paraguayan citizens and to generate a critical mass to follow-up on future reforms to copyright law and technical aspects of the Internet, was one of the four winners in this category.

The project for the creation of a cyber-observatory, "Design and implementation of a cyber-security indicator scanning and monitoring platform for the Dominican Republic," promoted by the .DO CSIRT, was another winner in this category. The aim of this project is to generate the information (sometimes known as "security intelligence") needed to understand the risks and threats to Internet infrastructure in the Dominican Republic.

The third winner in this category was the proposal "," a regional project by Factual. Based in Mexico, this initiative includes digital security tools for journalists. It promotes an online platform with communication materials that explain how the security tools most commonly used and recommended by journalists, experts and human rights organizations work as well as their usefulness.

The fourth project that will receive a FRIDA grant in this category is the proposal title "RAU2 High Performance Prototype" submitted by the Uruguayan Universidad de la Republica. This project seeks to implement a prototype that can considerably multiply network capacity using open software and hardware technology, maintaining approximately the same operating budget.

To conclude, in the category "Accelerating access and the social benefits of the Internet in vulnerable and underserved communities," the committee of experts selected the project "Open Science and Data for Latin American Youth," submitted by the School of Physics of Universidad Industrial de Santander, a regional Colombian and Brazilian proposal that aims to generate a collaborative experience in training young people in open science and data for the construction of weather stations based on open hardware and free, open software.

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The Seed Alliance was launched on 31 March 2012, thanks to a generous grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada and the contributions from three Regional Internet Registry partners (AFRINIC, APNIC and LACNIC). Later in 2013, the Swedish Government joined from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).