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#NETmundial, Tweets from São Paulo, Brazil

Here we share some Storify stories that sum up what happened on the first day of NETmundial, the conference on the future of Internet governance in São Paulo, Brazil (April 23 and 24, 2014).

In English:
- @APC_News: #NETmundial officially kicks off 
- First impressions of #NETmundial.
- @PdF_Europe: NetMundial 2014 – Day 1.
- @DrRimmer: A Magna Carta for the Internet: A Digital Bill of Rights Proposed at #NetMundial2014.

In Spanish:
- @ialaw: Primera Jornada de NetMundial 2014.

Colombia: Free Cinema Festival in Bogota

A festival of free cinema will be held on May 8 in Bogota. This festival has the precedent of three earlier versions held in the city of Barranquilla (the last one in October 2013). The festival's name will be New narrations for multiple screens.

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 CC Cinema Festival – Bogota under CC by 2.0 licence

You can follow the updates on their Facebook page, FestiCineCC Bogotá [es], visit their website [es] or be part of the event at the Cinemateca Distrital from 12.30 p.m.

Here you can read more about free content and Creative Commons licences.

El Salvador: Flower Carpets on Holy Week in Ayutuxtepeque

On the occasion of recently past Holy Week, the blog Hunnapuh went all over [es] the main streets of Ayutuxtepeque district in San Salvador, and captured images of flower carpets for the procession of the so-called “Holy Funeral”.

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Preparation of a flower carpet. Image used with permission by blog Hunnapuh.

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Holy Week flower rug. Image used with permission by blog Hunnapuh.

Brazil Scores Before “the Internet World Cup” Begins: Marco Civil Approved by the Senate

Update (23 April 2014, 15:15 GMT): President Dilma has sanctioned the bill in the NetMundial event. Marco Civil is now a law in Brazil. Livestream: blog.planalto.gov.br

In the eve of the global Internet governance event hosted in Brazil, NETmundial, the Brazilian Senate approved the one-of-kind bill of rights for Internet users, known as “Marco Civil”. The final sanction is now in the hands of President Dilma Rousseff. According to a press release [pt] by the Senate, the quick approval, without amendments, was motivated by the interest that “the bill becomes law during NETmundial,” which starts today April 23, 2014, in São Paulo.

“Marco Civil could have a revolutionary effect on the current Internet policy environment,” Global Voices Advocacy editor Ellery Biddle wrote after the approval of the bill in the lower house of Congress, on March 25. Brazil is reaching a turning point while leading a pioneer role in the definition of Internet policies. The participatory process that was carried out for the creation and discussion of the bill -”driven by the public interest, as opposed to the interests of businesses or government” – surely adds perspective to the global multistakeholder meeting on the future of internet governance that will bring together government representatives, policy makers and civil society groups from around the world on April 23-24. 

Venezuelan lawyer and writer Marianne Diaz (@mariannedh), who is in São Paulo to cover the event, describes NETmundial as ”the Internet World Cup” in a preview article for Advox.org. The games have just started. 

NETmundial counts on 33 remote participation hubs in 23 countries and will be livestreamed from the website NETmundial.br. Follow @NETmundial2014 on Twitter and the hashtag #NETmundial2014 for updates.

Cycling to Save Archeological Heritage

(Links are in English, otherwise noted [es] for Spanish)

How can two apparently very distinct interests, such as cycling and archeology, come together? Nils Castro shares his experience in an article [es] as a guest blogger on Lima Milenaria. 

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Niles mentions that even though he had already created the Facebook group Círculo Ciclísta Protector de las Huacas [es] [The Protective Cycling Circle for Las Huacas], it wasn't until later that a pyramid suffered damage from the complex archeological site El Paraíso [Paradise]. This launched the Visitas Ciclistas Guiadas [Guided Cycling Visits] throughout Lima's diverse huacas. Its first visit recruited 70 people and up to now has done nine more. He adds:   

The first lesson that we learned from these nine outings is that a many people from Lima don't know their city nor the pre-hispanic heritage that it houses. However, at the same time, there is limited scientific investigation and the government organizations involved have bureaucracy and an insufficient budget like potholes in their protection efforts.

Nevertheless, our cycling trips have shown us that each time there are more civil citizens willing to reverse this situation. Diverse collectives and activists look to preserve our material and immaterial heritage. They are getting networks together in order to make our historical riches visible. 

This Sunday, April 27th, Nils invites people to join a new cycling trip [es] through several huacas located in the Rímac River valley.

Chile: “Strength Built with Hands”

The author of blog Palabras para gastar shares his impressions after a visit to cerro Merced [es], in Valparaíso, days after the devastating fire that destroyed the area:

There it was, a crowd moving along like ants, solving on the go, communicating with each other; not even asking for a lending hand but offering both. There ir was, besides the monument that commemorate the 1906 earthquake and the “Plaza del Recuerdo” [Remembrance Square], a stack of debris, rusted and scorched cans. Twisted as should be our conscience.
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And facing this shocking setting, solidarity shows itself in all its splendor. No alms; solidarity. Equal treat, like brothers.
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Strength, Valpo! Strength built with hands, no one that just gets pronounced or written. A mound of strength, damn it!

International Organizations, Activists and Authors Against #LeyTelecom

Several digital rights international organizations sent the Mexican Congress a letter expressing international support [es] for the defense of the freedom of expression and Internet freedom in Mexico. The letter is signed by Electronic Frontier Foundation, Vía Libre, Digital Rights NGO, among other academics and experts.

According to the signers, each regulation refered to telecommunications and broadcastiong approved by Mexican Congress should comply constitutional regulations and international rules about human rights signed by Mexico. They also issued a call for the observance of the UN resolution about right to privacy in the digital era on the complimentary law on telecommunicatons, the joint declaration about surveillance programs and their impact in freedom of expresson and the 13 principles [es] about human rights, in order to ensure the respect of human rights in the internet.

ContingenteMX posted this video on YouTube:

Will there be a Popular Consultation for Yasuní?

(All links are in Spanish, otherwise noted as [en] for English)

Following the president's decision last year to exploit the oil fields in Parque Nacional Yasuní [en] [Yasuní National Park] an oppositional movement began and became quickly organized. It started carrying out marches for collecting signatures in order to hold a popular consultation regarding Yasuni's fate. 

On Saturday, April 12th the Yasunidos collective, along with other organizations, presented almost 750,000 signatures before the CNE [National Electoral Board, for its Spanish name] so that it may be passed on to the Consulta Popular del Yasuní ITT [The Yasuní ITT Popular Consultation]. The CNE accounted for receiving the signatures and indicates that the minimum signatures required were 583,324. It also announced that the signature verification procedure started on Monday, April 14th. 

However, on Thursday, April 17th an incident occurred involving Yasunidos members. They blocked the boxes, containing the forms of the collected signatures, from being transferred between the CNE and the signature verification center. They claimed there were irregularities in the procedure. 

They want to take the boxes away without our consent despite the petition to postpone the procedure until we're certain.

On Friday, April 18th the CNE announced that the procedure is advancing in accordance to the established timetable and that the presence of supervisors guarantees its transparency and proper conduct. Nevertheless, activists continue to denounce irregularities with the procedure.

The military @FFAAECUADOR closes the door on #Yasunidos #DefiendeTuFirma [Defend your signature] #Yasuní 

Peru: Blog Site for Women Claims Unethical Use of Web Domain

Ellas dicen [es], a blog site for women, recently posted about the problems they went through after a representative of PERU.com suggested an association between the two entities. In the end, the agreement did not work out after a trial run, and no contract was signed. However, PERU.com, part of the El Comercio editorial group, registered the domain ellasdicen.pe and refuses to give it up. The blogger from Ellas dicen wonders:

¿Acaso es pecado emprender algo sin tener el dinero para registrar la marca porque entonces, alguna persona “súper viva” aprovechará para usar TU idea y sacar SU provecho sin darte ningún crédito de por medio?

Is it so wrong for people to launch projects without having the money to register their brands just because some opportunist could possibly take advantage by stealing YOUR idea and profiting from it without giving back any of the credit?

Some tweeters have begun to show solidarity with @ellasdicenpe:

@perucom is going to have to prove that registering the ellasdicen.pe domain after its association with the @Ellasdicenpe blog is neither disloyal nor in bad faith.

87-Year Old Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies

Colombia Nobel laureate author Gabriel García Márquez passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Mexico City. He was 87 years old. Colombian network Caracol posted a chronology [es] of his life.

On Twitter, user Pepin Balongo expressed his sorrow:

There are no more a hundred years of solitude; from now on, it will be an eternity in solitude; goodbye Gabo [author's nickname].

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