In 2001, the Puerto Rican Department of Education awarded the American company EarthWalk a mobile computer lab contract, ordering hundreds of mobile labs throughout the island. EarthWalk continues to provide installation and support for the participating schools, with over 1,200 institutions benefitting from the initial contract. Since 2008, the agreement has been extended to include all schools in the Commonwealth.
Since November 2007, Computer Learning Centers Inc., a technology training organization, has provided IT support and training to the educational community in Puerto Rico through the LearnCenter® platform. The platform enables the cost effective, high quality training of teachers in the field of technology integration into the classroom environment. Middle and high school students can also participate in the training program, enabling access to on-demand studying resources.
A collaboration between the Puerto Rico Techno-Economic Corridor (PRTEC), the Internet Society of Puerto Rico (ISOC), the University of Puerto Rico, the Community Foundation PR and the Consortium of the Northwest, the Project TECNOJOVENES takes place annually. Organizing technology training sessions for young disadvantaged communities in the northwest of the island, the project’s goal is to enable the adolescents to utilize technology in their professional development and ultimately reduce the digital divide.
2010 - In May, the Chairman of the Committee on Education together with the Minister of Education and the Rector of the Mayaguez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico (RUM), unveiled an ambitious pilot project aimed at integrating the community of Barrio Pájaros in Toa Baja into a technological network. Dubbed the ‘Pilot Project: Community Technology Integration in the Elementary and Secondary School’, the program aims to integrate technology as a tool into the curriculum of subjects such as Spanish, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science by using RUM’s computer resources. The project will not only enable students to use computers and the Internet in the classroom, but also enable the community of Barrio Pajaros to access the Internet.
2011 - Schools part of the public education system incorporated the platform Windows Multipoint Server as a new information technology tool that facilitates the work of teachers. It allows sharing learning resources from a computer to and among several students simultaneously, while includes collaboration tools and management resources to assist the teacher in the classroom.
2012 - Dreyfous & Associates, is a company specialized in providing educational technology products and services. It obtained the rights to distribute TechnoKids Computer Curriculum in Puerto Rico. The partnership with TechnoKids aims to develop products to teach technology skills as part of an integrated curriculum.
2013 - The Puerto Rico Broadband Taskforce announced Tuesday the local launch of EveryoneOn. This is a national public campaign aimed to promote digital literacy skills and the importance of being connected online as a means of social, educational and economical development.
2014 - The Department of Education of Puerto Rico is committed to maintaining a safe and appropriate use of the internet. That is why it has adopted the Manual Para el Uso de Internet 2014 for the use of Internet and the technology resources in public schools. The purpose of this manual is to establish the rules governing the use of the Internet and technology resources by staff and students.
2015 - The Oracle Academy at the headquarters of the Boys and Girls Club, Las Margaritas, hosted the Girls in ICT 2015. With a motivational talk to women, the objective was to highlight the positive affects of technology in everyday life, and the important role of women in IT.
An educational portal for Puerto Rico, Colombia, Peru, Mexico and Ecuador. El Educador provides education news, interviews and insights, together with national lesson plans, curriculum frameworks, legislation and educational resources.
It is the result of a collaboration between the Ricky Martin Foundation and Microsoft, this website is aimed at children, parents and educators and aims to offer information to enable them to use the Internet safely. Content includes Internet safety advice, as well as security-related information and advice on how to avoid identity theft and other risks.
The Institute of Science and Technology
The Institute of Science and Technology (ICT) of the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao was created in 2011 in order to promote the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics among high school and college students.
The Global Information Technology Report 2014 - Puerto Rico (2014)World Economics Forum
This Document presents data related to the situation of the ICT in Puerto Rico during 2014.
The Global Information Technology Report 2013 - Puerto Rico (2013)World Economics Forum
This Document presents data related to the situation of the ICT in Puerto Rico during 2013.
Puerto Rico Department of Education Trains Educators on Digital Literacy Exam to Comply with no Child Left Behind (2010)CERTIPORT
Case study of the training of teachers on ICTs in Puerto Rico as part of the education program No Child Left Behind.
This section contains details of the country’s laws as they relate to sexual offenses, children and the use of the Internet in the commission of criminal activity. Where possible, sentence details have been given, including whether an increased custodial penalty is imposed where the victim is a child.
According to Article 16 of the Penal Code (Classification of Crimes) crimes in Puerto Rico are classified as either misdemeanors or felonies. A misdemeanor is a crime punishable by a fine of up to 5,000 dollars or imprisonment for up to 90 days. A felony comprises all other crimes and is classified into four degrees:
- First degree felony, the punishment for which is imprisonment for a term of 99 years.
- Second degree felony, the punishment for which is imprisonment for a term of between eight to fifteen years.
- Third degree felony, the punishment for which is imprisonment for between three to eight years.
- Fourth degree felony, the punishment for which is imprisonment for between six months and three years.
Other types of punishment in addition to imprisonment may be imposed for felonies or misdemeanors.
- Article 142, Penal Code. Sexual Assault. This Article states that anyone who performs sexual penetration, whether vaginal, anal, oral-genital, digital or instrumental under any of the following circumstances is guilty of a second degree felony where the victim is under the age of sixteen. This also applies where the victim is unable to understand the nature of the act due to mental illness or disability; where the victim was compelled into the act by means of physical force, violence, intimidation or the threat of serious and immediate bodily harm; where the victim’s capability of consent has been annulled or diminished substantially by means of hypnotics, narcotics, depressants or stimulants, or other similar means or substances without his/her knowledge or consent; where the victim was not aware of the nature of the act and this circumstance was known to the offender; where the victim’s consent was obtained by means of deception, ruse, simulation or concealment of the offender’s identity; where the victim is forced or abetted to participate by means of abuse or physical or psychological violence; where the offender is an ascendant, descendant or parent of the victim or where the offender abused his position of authority over the victim. The Article also states that if both the victim and offender are under the age of eighteen, the offender will be guilty of a third degree felony if tried as an adult.
- Article 143, Penal Code. Essential Circumstances of Sexual Assault Crimes. Defines the crime of sexual assault as battery against the bodily or psycho-emotional integrity and dignity of a person. Ejaculation is not necessary and any sexual penetration, whether vaginal, anal, oral-genital, digital or instrumental, regardless of how slight, shall be sufficient for the consummation of the crime. The Article also states that when considering the circumstances of the crime, the point of view of a person of equal age and gender as the victim shall be taken into consideration.
- Article 144, Penal Code. Lewd Acts. States that anyone who submits another person to an act that tends to awaken, excite or satisfy the offender’s sexual passion or desire under any of the following circumstances is guilty of a third degree felony, unless the act constitutes the more serious crime of sexual assault as described in Article 142. This applies where the victim is under the age of sixteen; the victim was compelled into the act by means of physical force, violence, intimidation or the threat of serious and immediate bodily harm; the victim is unable to understand the nature of the act due to mental illness or disability; the victim was compelled into the act by means of physical force, violence, intimidation or the threat of serious and immediate bodily harm; where the offender is an ascendant, descendant or parent of the victim or where the offender abused his position of authority over the victim.
- Article 147, Penal Code. Indecent Exposure. This Article states that anyone who exposes an intimate part of his/her body in any place in which another person is present who can be offended or upset by such exposure is guilty of a misdemeanor. This excludes breastfeeding an infant.
- Article 148, Penal Code. Indecent Proposal. States that anyone who in a public or open space makes indecent proposals in a manner that is offensive to public decency is guilty of a misdemeanor.
- Article 149, Penal Code. Prostitution. This Article states that anyone who engages in, accepts, offers or solicits to have sexual relations with another person for money, stipend, compensation or any type of payment is guilty of a misdemeanor.
- Article 152, Penal Code. Proxenetism, Pandering and Human Trafficking. States that anyone who makes the prostitution of others his/her livelihood, or promotes or enables another person’s entry or exit from Puerto Rico to have the person engage in prostitution or sodomy, even with their consent, for profit or to satisfy the lewdness of another, is guilty of a fourth degree felony.
- Article 153, Penal Code. Aggravated Proxenetism, Pandering and Human Trafficking. This Article states that anyone who commits the crime described in Article 152 will be guilty of a third degree felony if any of the following circumstances applies: where the victim is under the age of eighteen; where the offender used deceit, violence, abuse of authority or any means of intimidation or coercion; where the offender is an ascendant or descendant, spouse, sibling, guardian or the person in charge of the education, guardianship of the victim or if the prostitution or sodomy of more than one person is promoted or enabled.
- Article 154, Penal Code. Definition. This Article relates to obscenity and defines ‘material’ as any book, magazine, newspaper or any other written or printed material, or any photograph, drawing, caricature, movie film, cinematographic or otherwise graphic representation; or any oral or visual representation transmitted or retransmitted through cables, electromagnetic waves, computers, digital technology or any other electronic media or other means of communication.
- Article 155, Penal Code. Sending, Transporting, Sale, Distribution, Publishing, Exhibiting or Possessing Obscene Material. States that anyone who knowingly sends, transports or brings obscene material to Puerto Rico for its sale, exhibition, publication or distribution, or who owns, prepares, publishes, or prints any obscene material in Puerto Rico with the intention of distributing, selling, or exhibiting it to others, or to offer it for its distribution or sale, is guilty of a misdemeanor. The Article also states that where the crime is intended for or committed in the presence of a minor, or if a minor is used to help or assist in the offense, the offender will be guilty of a fourth degree felony.
- Article 156, Penal Code. Obscene Shows. This Article states that any person who knowingly engages or participates in the administration, production, sponsorship, presentation or exhibition of a show that contains obscene conduct, or participates in a part of such an event or contributes to its obscenity, is guilty of a misdemeanor. Where such behavior is carried out for or in the presence of a minor, the offender is guilty of committing a fourth degree felony.
- Article 157, Penal Code. Production of Child Pornography. Defines the offense of knowingly promoting, allowing, participating in or directly contributing to the creation or production of child pornography material or shows. This is deemed to be a third degree felony.
- Article 158, Penal Code. Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography. States that anyone who knowingly owns, prints, sells, purchases, exhibits, distributes, publishes, transmits, transfers, sends or circulates child pornography material or shows is guilty of a third degree felony.
- Article 159, Penal Code. Use of a Minor for Child Pornography. This Article states that anyone who uses a minor, or persuades or induces a minor into posing, modeling or incurring sexual conduct with the purpose of preparing, printing or exhibiting child pornography material or into participating into a show of said nature is guilty of a third degree felony.
- Article 160, Penal Code. Exhibition and Sale of Material Injurious to Minors. States that the following offenses incur a fourth degree felony: anyone in charge of the supervision, control or custody of a commercial or business establishment that knowingly exhibits, displays or exposes to view any material harmful to minors, or who sells, rents, or lends such material to a minor; anyone in charge of the supervision, custody or control of a movie theater in which films containing material harmful to minors are shown and who knowingly sells an entrance ticket or otherwise allows the entrance of a minor into such an establishment.
- Article 161, Penal Code. Propaganda of Obscene or Child Pornography Material. Defines the offense of preparing, exhibiting, publishing, announcing or soliciting from another person to publish or exhibit an announcement of obscene or child pornography material, or otherwise promoting the sale or distribution of such material. The offense is deemed to be a misdemeanor.
- Article 162, Penal Code. Conditional Sale or Distribution. This Article states that anyone who knowingly, as a condition for the sale, distribution, consignment or delivery for resale of any newspaper, magazine, book, publication or otherwise any merchandise that requires the buyer to receive any obscene or child pornography material, or who denies, revokes or threatens to deny or revoke a franchise, or who imposes a monetary punishment because such a person refuses to accept said material, or because of the return of said material, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
- Article 163, Penal Code. Transmission or Retransmission of Obscene or Child Pornography Material. States that anyone who knowingly distributes any obscene or child pornography material through television, radio, computer or any other electronic means or communications media is guilty of a misdemeanor.
Residents of Puerto Rico can access a large number of U.S. websites which cover Internet safety, many of which include Puerto Rico in their area of focus and provide content in Spanish as well as English.
The country has its own law which mandates filtering software to be installed on any publically accessible computer to which children have access, over and above the conditions imposed by E-Rate and CIPA. The Project Safe Childhood (PSC) (Proyecto Salva tu Niñez) designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. In Puerto Rico it also includes issues related to non-Internet-related sexual-exploitation crimes against children. These include crimes such as domestic prostitution of children and international travel for sex with children.
In response to the need of an entity to fight the escalating predatory crimes against children in the island, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has partnered with members of local, state and federal law enforcement, and as well as local and state government officials, and community leaders, to form the “Puerto Rico Crimes Against Children Task Force” (PRCACTF).