How Will the Revolution in Information Technology Affect Latin America?

In November 2000, RAND organized a two-day workshop on The Information Revolution in Latin America. Part of a larger RAND project on the global information revolution for the National Intelligence Council, the workshop reflects the interest of both RAND and the National Intelligence Council in reaching out to the best experts around the world, bringing together entrepreneurs, government officials and outside analysts from Latin America and the United States at RAND's Washington, D.C. office.

Workshop participants surveyed the economic and business, as well as the political and social dimensions of information in Latin America, attempting to push out about a decade. While information technology in the region is progressing fast, the region starts out behind other regions of the world, and the disparities across Latin America are also striking. Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico are in a class by themselves, although the workshop also identified successful "outliers" -- some countries in the Caribbean, for instance, or Costa Rica, which hosts large Intel facilities.

The workshop returned two central themes: Latin America's shortage of trained people, and the ambivalent role of government in many countries both eager to promote but also to control information developments. RAND senior consultant Greg Treverton chaired the workshop, working with Lee Mizell; the larger project on the global information revolution is led by Richard Hundley and conducted under the auspices of RAND's National Defense Research Institute.

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