Mapping Digital Media: Guatemala

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The Mapping Digital Media project examines the global opportunities and risks created by the transition from traditional to digital media. Covering 60 countries, the project examines how these changes affect the core democratic service that any media system should provide: news about political, economic, and social affairs.

Guatemala is a relatively young democracy plagued by high levels of violent crime, corruption, and wealth inequality, with poverty concentrated in rural areas and among indigenous populations. It has one of the highest rates of illiteracy in the region, with a quarter of all adults unable to read.

These problems are not likely to be solved by digital and social media any time soon. However, as new technologies of communication spread among a youthful population, they are likely to play an increasing role in shaping citizenry and promoting social change.

This report puts forward a set of policy recommendations to improve transparency and accountability in digital media policy; to support and promote community and minority expression in the new media landscape; to institute public service media; to bridge the digital divide; and to improve the collection, monitoring, and analysis of media consumption data and trends.