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

Networks, Integration, and Development

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • 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 book series: Palgrave Macmillan Transnational History Series (PMSTH)

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. “Follow the Networks”

    • Ignacio Siles
    Pages 1-18
  3. The Founding Networks of Central America

    • Ignacio Siles
    Pages 33-59
  4. An Internet for the Global South

    • Ignacio Siles
    Pages 61-78
  5. A Central American Internet

    • 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.

Keywords

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

Reviews

“A Transnational History is an attempt to detach the histories of the internet in Latin America from national narratives and early adopters. Siles’s contribution interweaves local histories of technology, highlighting the common processes that made it possible to integrate the internet in Central America.” (Fabian Prieto-Ñañez, Technology and Culture, Vol. 63 (2), April, 2022)

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica

    Ignacio Siles

About the author

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 en.red.ado: 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

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-48947-2

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-48946-5

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-48947-2

  • Series ISSN: 2634-6273

  • Series E-ISSN: 2634-6281

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 148

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: World History, Global and Transnational History, Latin American History, History of Technology

Buying options

eBook USD 54.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-48947-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 69.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)