FUNREDES

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FUNREDES (acronym in Spanish for Fundación-Redes-y-Desarrollo, or Networks-and-Development-Foundation) is a non-governmental organization based in the Dominican Republic and dedicated to the dissemination of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the developing countries, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean.

It does so in collaboration with international organizations, NGOs, the States, administrations, and public or private institutions, with the objective of contributing to regional development and integration.

Since the early 1990s, FUNREDES's position has been that "Internet for Development" is not about plugging and playing, chatting and surfing, getting information abroad, converging to one language, one culture and one market. On the contrary, it is more about empowering people and communities, collaborating and social networking, producing local content, and facilitating a diversity of languages, cultures and opinions.

Its goal is communication above technology not the contrary.''"

A pioneer ICT4D organization since 1988, FUNREDES is a member of APC since 2006.

The main area of activities of FUNREDES includes:
- Creating national networks for research and civil society
- Linguistic diversity in the Internet
- Social impact of the Internet
- Virtual communities
- Digital literacy and information ethics

Some of the main projects of FUNREDES are:

- MISTICA
- Observatory of Languages and Cultures on the Internet
- CARDICIS
- Participation in WSIS

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