Freedom and Connectivity: Advancing the Freedom to Communicate in the Americas addresses critical deficits in connectivity and the freedom to communicate in the Western Hemisphere. The report highlights connectivity, competition, censorship and protection of journalists as key areas for action and calls on government leaders to move communications issues to the top of national agendas and partner with other societal stakeholders to develop digital infrastructure, tools and human capacity. The report cites specific opportunities for action in Mexico, where a new government will be sworn in on December 1, 2012. It highlights the need for markets, regulatory and policy structures, and attitudes to “change to align with the new realities of a global digital age.”
The Forum on the Freedom to Communicate addressed issues surrounding the freedoms of expression, association, and connectivity in the 21st Century. The Report resulting from the 2012 Mexico City Forum details actionable recommendations that can enhance freedoms of communication, particularly in the Western Hemisphere.