|There are 13 Working Groups under eLAC2010, which group together regional experts from various sectors to research and develop joint iniciatives related to specific eLAC goals. Each group is lead by one country, which appoints the group's coordinator. |
Eight of these Groups were created under the previous Action Plan (eLAC2007) and five are new groups (indicated with an asterisk*), approved during and since the Ministerial Conference for eLAC2010 in San Salvador.
Working Groups use a virtual platform to centralize information, upload documents and hold chats or meetings in cyberspace. To participate in a working group, please contact your National Focal Point, or the Information Society Programme at UN-ECLAC (socinfocepal.org).
The eLAC2007 Action Plan consisted of the following Working Groups:
Telework working group (Goal 5)
The purpose of the telework working group was to promote ICT capacity-building for the development of new forms of work and telework, encouraging their application for local job creation in particular. It also facilitated the creation of a network of social stakeholders to encourage the sharing of experiences and to formulate proposals for creating local employment.
Alternative technologies working group (Goal 7)
Working within the framework of existing efforts and in constant dialogue with the private sector and other sections of society, the alternative technologies working group was responsible for drawing up proposals on options and strategies for the development of digital television and other wired and wireless technologies in Latin America and the Caribbean and examining standards, interactivity and applications for universal access provision. Among other activities, it was equally involved in carrying out pilot testing of digital television applications and other available interactive technologies in different situations and in a number of the region’s countries.
Software working group (Goal 8)
Always with a view to efficiency and social inclusion, the task of the software working group was to learn about and share experiences relating to the development and use of open-source and free software and the criteria involved, including the study of technical, economic, organizational, training and security challenges. Again with a view to efficiency and social inclusion, the group analyzed the use of proprietary software in order to disseminate best practices and maximize efficiency, coexistence with other forms of licensing, interoperability and migration potential.
Research and education networks working group (Goal 10)
The research and education networks working group developed and expanded advanced ICT-based networks for research and education at the national, subregional (especially Caribbean) and regional levels while also strengthening existing networks, such as the CLARA network.
Creative and content industries working group (Goal 13)
With the participation of all stakeholders, the creative and content industries working group investigated the development of the creative and content industries and the challenges they face, while setting up regional cooperation mechanisms. It also solutions for common problems such as the financing of an intangible goods economy, distribution of cultural goods and services and communication in the region, in addition to enhancing local production capacity for content that reflects cultural diversity and identity.
Electronic government working group (Goal 15)The electronic government working group was created to draw up an agenda of priorities for the implementation of interoperability standards in e-government services, with the aim of promoting the electronic integration of public administration systems via one-stop shops and thus improving the management of intragovernmental procedures and processes, encouraging the use of electronic/digital signatures in governmental procedures both by public officials and civil servants and by citizens, and promoting the adoption of information security and storage models at all levels of government with a view to fostering trust in the digital information managed or provided by the State. This group also published a White Book of e-Government Interoperability for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Financing working group (Goal 23)
The financing working group was established with the participation of members of the public and private, subregional, regional and international organizations to evaluate national and regional ICT development financing needs, with a view to suggesting initiatives for optimizing the use of financial resources and instruments and, if necessary, proposing new ones. It also sought to mobilize more resources from subregional, regional and international financial and cooperation agencies, taking into account the particular characteristics of each country.
Legislative framework group (Goal 25)
The legislative framework group was established to promote and develop policies for harmonizing laws and standards with a view to the establishment of reliable legislative frameworks that provide security at both the national and regional levels, paying special attention to legislation on the protection of privacy and personal data, cybercrime and ICT crime, spam, digital or electronic signatures and electronic contracts to underpin the development of the information society.Additional working groups on Internet Governance and Infrastructure
In response to the petition of one of the countries of the Regional Follow-up Mechanism, two additional Working Groups were established, which were not explicitly provided for in the original eLAC2007 document. Group 9 was dedicated to the issue of Internet Governance (goal 14, coordinated by Argentina). Meanwhile, Group 10 focused its efforts around Regional Infrastructure (goal 1, coordinated by Uruguay).