Computing in South America : Some Observations and Policy Considerations for Aiding Technological Development.

by Barry W. Boehm


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A discussion of the state of computing in South America. Despite great diversity, the countries all lack really large computers, trained personnel, training opportunities, computer literature, and professional contact. While they still look eagerly to U.S. leadership in computing, we should commit resources to their development. Specific suggestions include: expanding AID's electronic data processing utilization program, exchange programs, overseas research fellowships, and hemisphere-wide computer conferences. Manufacturers should start South American operations and train local personnel to take over in 30 years. Universities should accept developing nations' languages for advanced degree requirements. Rather than strive to duplicate U.S. systems, developing countries should "leap-frog" to more advanced systems such as microwave and satellite digital communications. 27 pp. Ref.

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