[LACNIC/Anuncios] LACNIC HONORS TEN LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN INTERNET LEADERS
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Wed Oct 31 10:33:29 BRST 2012
LACNIC’s Tenth Anniversary
LACNIC HONORS TEN LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN INTERNET LEADERS
The organization responsible for the Internet in the region honors
various personalities for their contribution to the development of the
Montevideo October 31st.- Ten personalities who during the past decade
have contributed to the development of the Internet in Latin America and
the Caribbean were honored today with the 2012 Outstanding Achievement
Award presented by the Regional Internet Registry, LACNIC.
For the first time in the history of the Award, ten leaders of the
regional Internet community were honored simultaneously for their
sustained and significant contribution in benefit of the development of
the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The honorees come from different areas and represent every region of the
continent: Valeria Betancourt (Ecuador), Luis Furlán (Guatemala), Marcos
Galperín (Argentina), Demi Getschko (Brazil), Anthony Harris
(Argentina), Bernadette Lewis (Trinidad and Tobago), Ben Petrazzini
(Argentina), Loretta Simon (Grenada), José Soriano (Peru), and Edmundo
Recipients of the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award were presented with
their awards during a moving ceremony that took place within the
framework of the LACNIC 18 meeting, which marks the tenth anniversary of
the creation of the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Latin America
and the Caribbean.
LACNIC’s Board of Directors believes it is important to honor these ten
individuals for their longstanding, dedicated efforts towards the
development of the Internet and for the example they set to the rest of
The honorees have distinguished themselves through their contribution to
private endeavors, their work with civil society, the promotion of
public Internet policies, research and academic papers related to the
Information Society, community building, infrastructure development, and
THE TEN HONOREES:
* Valeria Betancourt (Ecuador)
Director of the Information and Communications Policies Program at the
Association for Progressive Communications (APC).
* Luis Furlán (Guatemala)
Guatemalan Internet Pioneer. President of the Board of Directors of
RedCLARA, the Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Networks.
* Marcos Galperín (Argentina)
Founder and CEO of MercadoLibre.com, one of the most successful private
endeavors in Latin America and the Caribbean.
* Demi Getschko (Brazil)
Brazilian Internet Pioneer. Director of NIC.BR, the organization
responsible for domain name management in Brazil.
* Anthony Harris (Argentina)
Executive Director of the Argentine Internet Chamber (CABASE) and the
Latin American and Caribbean Federation for Internet and Electronic
* Bernadette Lewis (Trinidad and Tobago)
Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), the
regional Caribbean intergovernmental cooperation organization.
* Ben Petrazzini (Argentina)
Coordinator of the Inclusive Growth Program at the International
Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada.
* Loretta Simon (Grenada)
ICT Director of the Government of Grenada. She plays an important role
in Information Society and ICT and Education issues in the Caribbean.
* José Soriano (Peru)
Peruvian Internet Pioneer. Promoter of the Peruvian Scientific Network,
which made the Internet available to the masses in that country.
* Edmundo Vitale (Venezuela)
General Manager of EsLARed (the Latin American School of Networks) and
General Coordinator of the Internet Workshops for Latin America and the
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