A Transnational History of the Internet in Central America, 1985–2000

Networks, Integration, and Development

  • Ignacio Siles

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Transnational History Series book series (PMSTH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Ignacio Siles
    Pages 1-18
  3. Ignacio Siles
    Pages 33-59
  4. Ignacio Siles
    Pages 61-78
  5. Ignacio Siles
    Pages 79-105
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 145-148

About this book


This Palgrave Pivot analyzes how six countries in Central America—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama—connected to and through computer networks such as UUCP, BITNET and the Internet from the 80s to the year 2000. It argues that this story can only be told from a transnational perspective. To connect to computer networks, Central America built a regional integration project with great implications for its development. By revealing the beginnings of the Internet in this part of the world, this study broadens our understanding of the development of computer networks in the global south. It also demonstrates that transnational flows of knowledge, data, and technologies are a constitutive feature of the historical development of the Internet.


history of computer networks the Internet in Central America Costa Rica transnational collaborations technology in Central America technology and integration microwave links telcommunications BITNET

Authors and affiliations

  • Ignacio Siles
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Costa RicaSan JoseCosta Rica

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  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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