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

Networks, Integration, and Development


  • Explores the early development of the Internet in an understudied region, and connects the past of the Internet in Central America with its present

  • Emphasizes the importance of transnational processes in the historical development of the Internet

  • Discusses a Latin American case that enriches our understanding of transnational histories


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

  1. 1.University of Costa RicaSan JoseCosta Rica

About the authors

Ignacio Siles is a professor of media and technology studies in the School of Communication, and a researcher in the Centro de Investigación en Comunicación (CICOM) at the University of Costa Rica. He is the author of Networked Selves: Trajectories of Blogging in the United States and France (2017) and Por un sueño Una historia de Internet en Costa Rica (2008). 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A Transnational History of the Internet in Central America, 1985–2000
  • Book Subtitle Networks, Integration, and Development
  • Authors Ignacio Siles
  • Series Title Palgrave Macmillan Transnational History Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Macmillan Transnational History Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-48946-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-48947-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 148
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics World History, Global and Transnational History
    Latin American History
    History of Technology
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