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Internet and Society in Latin America and the Caribbean

Marcelo Bonilla and Gilles Cliche
Southbound, IDRC

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The research contained in this book is designed to foster discussion about the policies and actions that must be promoted for building an Internet culture in Latin America and the Caribbean based on the principles of social and cultural equity.

This book presents pioneering research that is designed to show, from a qualitative and ethnographic perspective, how new information and communication technologies, as applied to the school system and to local governance initiatives, merely reproduce traditional pedagogical approaches and the dominant forms by which power is exercised at the local level. The studies thus constitute points of departure for further thinking about the need to promote an Internet culture based on the social application of a “right to communication and culture” and an “Internet right,” that will permit the establishment of true citizen participation and free access to knowledge, with due regard to personal and individual rights such as those of privacy and intimacy.

The editors

Marcelo Bonilla is Coordinator of the research program on the Social Impact of the Internet in Latin America and the Caribbean at FLACSO Ecuador.

Gilles Cliche is Senior Program Specialist at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa, Canada.