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South America's upcoming technology showdown

DIGITALIZATION: The authorities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico are now investing in start-ups, incubators and training programs. But at the same time, Colombia can confiscate protesters' phones; in Ecuador, the authorities block the same access to servers; and in Nicaragua and Venezuela, governments have routinely restricted access to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The United States and China are on aggressive courtship trips to countries throughout the region.

Digitization has reached South America, with all the pros and cons of this transformation:

Investments in digital infrastructure, cloud storage and e-services can be a driving force for transparency, innovation and economic development, but it can also exacerbate digital inequalities, distort policy and expose governments, businesses and the civilian population to Internet-related threats.

Across the South American region, it is primarily in affluent cities and households that we find information and communication technology (ICT) and broadband, and excessive regulation is stifling competition in telecommunications. Cybercrime has skyrocketed, but the threat is being neglected. At the same time, South America ends up in the middle of the firing line when the United States and China fight a geopolitical battle for the future of 5G. How the leaders of the region cope with these challenges in the future will have a lot to say for future generations.

Long live the digital revolution

South America's digital population has long been significant. . .

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