Controversias y concurrencias latinoamericanas. Volumen 11 Número 19 - Oct 2019/Mar 2020

Telecommunications & Dependency in Latin America: Challenges for autonomous integration

By Oscar J. Romero Jr.


Information and communication technologies (ICT) have changed the way in which people, societies and states communicate. Idealized during the 1990s because of their potential for social and commercial development, ICTs have become part of the development agendas of Latin American States.

This article aims to explore the power relations generated between the United States and the Latin American region based on the geographical arrangement of the fiber optic cables that connect the Americas with the rest of the world. Finally, the article will study the role played by the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), and the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – Peoples’ Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) as platforms to restructure the power dynamics embedded in the telecommunications infrastructure.

Keywords: ICTs; Digital Divide; Latin America; Power; Infrastructure; Internet

Article Language: Spanish.   Download Magazine Number 

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    Asociación Latinoamericana de Sociología (ALAS)

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    Octubre 1, 2019


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