The 2012 FRIDA Award seeks to recognize the important ICT contributions that innovation initiatives have made to the social and economic development of the Latin American and Caribbean region. Based on Internet Governance themes, it focuses on the areas of access, freedom, development and innovation. Five awards will be given to nominated projects and initiatives, being one award for each of the 4 following subject areas:
- Access – this includes initiatives that expanded fixed and mobile access to the internet through new forms of technical and organizational arrangements as well as improve the quality of access based on issues of accessibility, disability and linguistic diversity.
- Freedoms – this includes initiatives related to freedom of expression, freedom of association, privacy, security, consumer’s rights, new forms of intellectual property in the digital environment and a wider range of issues related to internet and human rights.
- Development –This includes initiatives that use the internet to contribute directly to the solution of environmental and socio–economic challenges. It is such as education, health, access to finance and environmental conditions.
- Innovation – Includes initiatives that introduced technical innovation on any aspect related with Internet development, ranging from physical to conceptual. Among others, it includes innovation in materials, devices, standards for software and content, as well as aspects related to development of the semantic web.