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Technological Dependency and the Internet: Latin American Access from Buenos Aires, 2001–2013

From: Journal of Latin American Geography
Volume 12, Number 3, 2013
pp. 165-177 | 10.1353/lag.2013.0035

Abstract

Abstract:

Although the Internet was born from the desire to maintain decentralized research sites via high–speed interconnections, its development, however, has produced a highly hierarchical and centralized network space. Through the application of spatial analysis here is represented cartographically the new global map of cyberspace as viewed from Buenos Aires, Argentina. This space is suitable for conducting further explorations but it also has potential geopolitical dimensions. It verifies the emergence of new digital borders between central and peripheral countries, and an increasing fragmentation in interconnecting Latin American countries. Reversing this situation provides future challenges.

Resumen:

Aunque el Internet, nació del deseo de mantener sitios de investigación descentralizados a través de interconexiones de alta–velocidad, su desarrollo ha producido un espacio de redes altamente jerarquizado y centralizado. A través de la aplicación de procedimientos del análisis espacial aquí se representa cartográficamente el nuevo mapa mundial del ciberespacio visto desde Buenos Aires (Argentina). Un espacio apto para la realización de nuevas exploraciones pero también un espacio que presenta posibilidades geopolíticas. Se verifica el surgimiento de nuevas fronteras digitales entre los países centrales y periféricos, ampliando la fragmentación en la conexión de los países de América Latina. Revertir esta situación es un desafío futuro.



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