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New Americas Quarterly Released: Tech in Latin America

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April 20, 2015

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New Americas Quarterly Released: Technology in Latin America

How will technological change affect governance, social inclusion, economic development, and civil society? The Spring 2015 issue of Americas Quarterly, released on May 7, explores how the Internet and other tech innovations have transformed the Americas. Does greater connectivity translate into improved governance, social inclusion, economic development, and democratization? Is the hemisphere keeping up with the cyberworld?

In this issue, James Bosworth explains why politicians and regulators need to start preparing now for the technological shifts coming their way—from driverless cars in our streets to drones in our skies. Facebook's Javier Olivan predicts where social media is going in the region, and Diego Molano Vega describes how Colombia is reducing poverty through information and communications technology. Meanwhile, Ellery Biddle asks whether improved U.S.Cuba relations will lead to better Internet access for Cuban citizens, Aaron Oliker shares how 3D printing is revolutionizing health care, and Erik Stettler explains how to turn Latin American cities into innovation hubs. Plus, our AQ Charticle looks at the best new apps across the hemisphere.

Also in the issue, Alejandro Tarre reports on the other side of Cuba's overseas medical missions, Robert Maguire takes an in-depth look at Haiti under President Michel Martelly, and Alejandro Werner analyzes the effect of falling commodity prices on the region's growth outlook.

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In This Issue:
FEATURE SECTION: Tech in Latin America

The Robots in Your Future
JAMES BOSWORTH
Getting a grip on technology—before it gets a grip on us.

Medical 3D Printing
AARON OLIKER
The cyber-revolution in health care.

AQ Interview
Facebook's Javier Olivan on the future of social media in Latin America.

Colombia’s Internet Advantage
DIEGO MOLANO VEGA
Changing the digital landscape to create jobs and reduce poverty.

Protestify
SARAH BONS
Connecting citizen journalists.

Silicon Valley 2.0
ERIK STETTLER
How to build an ecosystem for today’s tech startups.

The Smart City
REBECCA BINTRIM
Information technology and social inclusion in Medellín.

Disrupt Latin America
JACKIE HYLAND
The transformative power of digital finance.

The Bitcoin Factor
FRED EHRSAM
Why digital currency can be a game-changer for Latin America.

The Battle for High-Speed Access
LEANI GARCÍA    
"The Gig" wires up Chattanooga.

Who’s Connected?
JESSICA M. BRUNELLE, EMILY C. SAUNDERS AND ELIZABETH ZECHMEISTER
Internet users are wealthier, more urban—and more tolerant—than their unconnected compatriots.

Latin America’s High-Tech Warriors
FRANK MORA AND BRIAN FONSECA
Defense budgets get a boost from science.

Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente
MARI HAYMAN
Chile takes corruption-fighting online.

Government Transparency: Exercising Digital Rights in the Information Age
ANNA LEVY AND RUSHDA MAJEED
Building transparency and accountability isn’t easy.

Commerce Without Borders
BRIAN BIERON AND USMAN AHMED          
Latin America’s wired entrepreneurs.

Charticle: Click Here
ANGELICA SERNA AND RACHEL STEVENS
The region’s most intriguing apps.

Decoding the Digital Cold War
ELLERY BIDDLE
Could newly rekindled U.S.-Cuba relations lead to more Internet access in Cuba?

Brazil’s Internet Bill of Rights
MARIA MEDRANO
A spy scandal focuses attention on protecting privacy.

AQ UPFRONT

Haiti: Back to the Future?
ROBERT MAGUIRE
Five years after the earthquake, not much has changed. Under President Martelly, some fear that things have even gone backwards.

The Latin American Growth Slowdown
ALEJANDRO WERNER
Falling commodity prices dim the region's outlook. 2015 may be the fifth straight year of weak growth.

DEPARTMENTS

Panorama: A cinematic take on identity and race in Venezuela, the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, 10 Things to Do in Arequipa, Boi Bumbá celebrations in the Amazon, and more.

Innovators: Andrés Levin uses music for social change. Jose Kont develops neuromarketing in Central America. Aída Fabiola Valencia Ramírez crusades for accountability in Mexico. Rosmery Mollo Mamani empowers Indigenous Bolivian women.

Hard Talk: Will police body cameras improve accountability? The Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin and Peter K. Manning debate.

Dispatches from the Field: Alejandro Tarre on the other side of Cuba's overseas medical missions.

Policy Advocacy: Nisha Agarwal on reforming U.S. immigration laws.

Policy Update: Flora Charner on Brazil's Truth Commission and the questions that remain.

Fresh Look Reviews: Eric Farnsworth examines Brazil's conflicted relationship with the United States. Miriam Kornblith on democracy and dictatorship in Latin America. Kelli Bissett-Tom reviews two books on the Caribbean's economic challenges.

Just the Numbers: Rebecca Bintrim on Latin America's top food exports and imports.

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