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.
: While Brazil is preparing for this summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the country's poor in particular are characterized by fear of a disease about which they still have little knowledge. "If all the Olympic funds had been used differently, there might have been fewer mosquitoes here today," says pregnant Marcelle.
: The class differences are striking in beautiful Rio de Janeiro. A city that has been honored with – or perhaps haunted by – two major sporting events in two years: the World Cup in football 2014, and the upcoming Summer Olympics in August 2016.
: In Brazil, global problems and opportunities are very visible, both in terms of racial conflicts, environmental policy and the distribution of goods. A trip to South America's largest country can therefore provide exemplary insight into the global present.
: There are many indications that the sailing competitions during the 2016 Olympics will be held in a running rubbish heap. Attempts to rehabilitate the highly polluted Guanabara Bay have so far been half-hearted.
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