LINKING UP LATIN AMERICA: DESPITE DAUNTING ECONOMIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL OBSTACLES, NONPROFIT AND COMMERCIAL GROUPS IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA ARE JUMPING ONTO THE INFOHIGHWAY. Published: Monday, August 19, 1996 Section: Tech Page: C1 Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Staff Writer Workers at El Tiempo weren't sure what to expect when they launched their free ``Linea T'' (T Line) audiotext service - the first in a series of projects designed to put Colombia's largest newspaper on technology's cutting edge.leer más »
by Barbara Belejack
Even for those without a word of Quechua, the phrase Supercarretera de Informacion, Internetpa, is a dead give-away: “Let’s learn Quechua, language of the Incas, the modern way, via the information highway through the light of the Internet.”
The message appeared in a Lima newsweekly last July, directing readers to the web page of the Peruvian Scientific Network (RCP), a non-profit, user-financed consortium of individual, academic, non-governmental, business and public-sector members. It was founded in Lima in 1991 with one computer, three modems and 7,000 dollars in seed money from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). In 1994 the RCP connected to the backbone of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and now includes over 3,000 member-organizations and nearly 60,000 individual users. In the words of director Jose Soriano, it is an autonomous network that strictly applies the concept of the Internet – a network of national networks that belongs to no one and everyone.