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Altec History

Lines of work

  1. Technology that contributes to protecting human rights
  2. Inclusion of minority voices in the electoral and democratic processes in Latin America
  3. Enhancement of transparency and citizen participation for the construction of more equal democracies in Latin America
  4. Data and technology to improve access to and participation in the provision of public services in Latin America

Press play – Summary of ALTEC’s achievements

2012-2018 Projects


01. NarcoData

A project that compiles and provides verified information on cartel relations and the geographical expansion of organized crime.

02. Open Government and Official Advertising (GAPO)

A project to limit the discretionary use of public resources for government advertisement and, thereby, counteract the subtle censorship of editorial content associated with public officials’ allocation of resources.

03. Trusts: Government black boxes?

A project to make information collected on the public trusts of Mexico transparent. Prior to this project, there were only non-standardized and inaccessible databases.

04. La rebelión de los enfermos (Sick people’s rebellion)

An open data platform focused on the state of Sonora’s health system and aimed at mobilization, starting with the visualization and organization of complaints for public scrutiny.

05. DataMX

A decentralized data archive seeking to promote citizen participation and increase the developer community with an eye toward civic and social impact in Mexico.
Palmares Costa Rica

06. Por mi barrio Costa Rica (For my neighborhood, Costa Rica)

A platform that allows people to submit reports on damages, flaws, vandalism and other urban problems.
Costa Rica

07. Ojo a la migración (Eye to Immigration)

A digital tool that shows the trends of migratory flows in Central America through an interactive map.

08. Ciudatos

An open data portal with the ability to store complete historical data sets from La Red Colombiana de Ciudades Cómo Vamos (The Colombian Network of Cities How We’re Doing) from 1998 on. Metrics focus on quality of life in urban settings.

09. Datea

An open source platform designed to enable mapping and participatory monitoring with a focus on promoting and strengthening the civic campaigns of non-profit organizations, public institutions and citizens.

10. Queremos saber (We want to know)

A platform focused on providing access to government management information to promote a culture of transparency and increase citizen participation.

11. ElAvisor (The Advisor)

A georeferenced public application focused on electoral monitoring, electoral fraud documentation and citizen complaint follow-up.

12. Bizu bizu

A mobile application that supports citizens seeking to increase their professional skills by offering content for micro- and small-scale entrepreneurs.

13. Cycle money

A technological platform designed to reduce negative environmental impact through the reuse of recyclable materials.

14. Dromos

A platform that uses contextual information from cities to create transportation and tourism systems that improve the daily lives of citizens.

15. Zoohash

A platform to view, share and disseminate information on the flow of resources from public to private entities in Chile with the goal of ensuring transparent purchases.

16. Sumen

A tool allowing governments to disseminate and bring visibility to their goals, thus encouraging the participation of citizens and increasing the transparency of government actions.

17. Caminos de la Villa (Neighborhood paths)

An open source platform that contributes to the empowerment of Buenos Aires neighborhood residents by improving the transparency of and accountability for infrastructure project budgets.

18. Democracy OS

A web platform for collective decision-making that would allow citizen contributions to be included in the municipal council's deliberations, enabling citizens to work hand in hand with the City of Buenos Aires.

19. At your service

A platform that allows citizens to report and compare metrics on health service providers.

20. For my neighborhood

A platform that allows for the mapping and monitoring of urban problems with the goal of strengthening participation and dialogue between communities and the government.

21. AppCivico

A project to accelerate the development and use of civic technology throughout the Latin American region.

22. Eu voto

The implementation of online and offline actions in alliance with the São Paulo City Parliament to promote civic participation and debate on public policies.

23. Vai mudar na copa

A collective decision-making web application to improve information access and citizen participation. The application supported peaceful demonstrations within the context of the World Cup in Brazil.

24. De olho nas metas (Keeping an eye on the goals)

A website to monitor government objectives, aimed at providing an opportunity for society, organizations and individuals to observe, interact and participate.

25. Cuidando do meu bairro (Taking care of my neighborhood)

A project designed to provide society with the tools to understand issues surrounding the public budget and to supervise the city’s expenses.

26. IOTA

A platform to monitor and analyze quality of life indicators in cities and, thus, strengthen the work of non-profit organizations.

27. A qué precio (At what cost)

A project that promotes access to information and transparency in public spending. It focuses on public expenses in the health sector, providing comparisons of purchases made by different agencies.
Argentina, Chile

28. Blockchain

A project that implements blockchain technology to increase the transparency of government processes. In Bahía Blanca, Argentina, it was used in the Fondo Municipal de las Artes (Municipal Fund for the Arts).

29. Caminos de la Villa (Neighborhood paths)

Adaptations to the existing platform in order to offer information regarding urbanization plans for the Rodrigo Bueno, Playón Chacarita, 31 and 20 neighborhoods.

30. Democracy OS

The implementation of digital tools for citizen participation in three municipalities (Rosario, Vicente López and San Lorenzo) to foster co-construction processes between government and citizens.

31. Río Abierto (Open River)

A project promoting the creation and reinforcement of a community of learning focused on the impacts of human activity on the water cycle.

32. Plataforma Educación (Education Platform)

A consultation and co-creation process with government actors, non-profits, parents and students to co-design a platform for visualizing and reusing data.

33. Electoral toolkit

A platform that seeks to reduce barriers to entry, enabling new candidates to enter institutional politics. The platform explains the “rules of the game” and provides training on how to structure an electoral campaign.

34. Paz en construcción (Peace in progress)

A project that empowers young people to be leaders in implementing peace agreements.
El Salvador

35. La Caza Legislativa (The Legislative Hunt)

A web platform that helps monitor, systemize and increase the transparency of the decisions and actions of the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador.

36. Local Experiments

A project that supports local organizations in optimizing their actions using civic technology and open data.

37. SmartUNO

A Software as a Service (SaaS) platform for managing and responding to citizen reports at a municipal government level.

38. Yo voto informado (I vote informed)

An interactive application with the goal of achieving an informed electorate in each Latin American country.

39. Defensores (Defenders)

A web platform and mobile application that allows for the registration of cases of torture in the police stations and penitentiaries of Paraguay.

40. Map of gender violence

A tool allowing different audiences to easily access official data on violence against women and members of the LGBT+ community in Brazil.

41. Me representa (This represents me)

A collective that seeks to encourage the representation and political participation of minority groups through diverse projects.

42. Datasketch

A project for developing and training non-profit organizations in the use of data visualization tools.

43. SeamOS

A citizen platform that supports effective participation in decision-making spaces and processes through technology and digital media.

44. Bureaucrats

An initiative that seeks to strengthen the people’s relationship with public decision-making processes as well as citizen participation and social control work.

45. Funes Initiative

An algorithm created to analyze large volumes of information and identify profiles and situations at risk of corruption in government contracts.

46. Yeeko

A platform designed to reach consensus and build collective solutions by encouraging the participation of the people in deliberation processes.

47. LATAM Interconnection

A project that seeks to enhance the exchange of data in Latin American non-profit work.

48. Ocupar la política (Occupy politics)

A tool that supports collective leadership, particularly that of women and people historically excluded from decision-making spaces.

49. Participatory writing

An initiative that facilitates meetings between citizens in which they develop solutions to local problems that can be brought before public office candidates.