LINKING UP LATIN AMERICA

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. Sigue leyendo "LINKING UP LATIN AMERICA" 

Cyberculture Comes to the Americas

chasqui-copy.jpg Kunanqa rihsisunchisya Runa Simita, inkakunah rimayninta, Kay musuhanpi, Supercarretera de Informacion, Internetpa Kancharyninwan.

by Barbara Belejack
PLANETA FORUM

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.

Sigue leyendo “Cyberculture Comes to the Americas”