Digital Culture in Colombia

Ludmila Ferrari, Edgar Nunez, Ingrid Sanchez Tapia, Joyojeet Pal

This project is an examination of ‘digital culture’ in Colombia. There are various ways the term ‘digital culture’ is used, and the consequent definitions tend to coalesce around ideas of digital information creation and use through online means. The use of the term ‘culture’ refers to the emergence of a means of interaction and being, and a community that partakes in these interactions. The affixed term ‘digital’ is thus used as a contrast with an analog means of communication.  In this document, we define digital culture as the evolving use of digital information as a means of social and economic exchange, usually through a range of technological artifacts.

We look at the three major ways in which digital culture is evolving – social media, electronic governance, and communications infrastructure. Under electronic governance, we consider ways in which the citizen-state interface in Colombia is changing in recent years, under communications infrastructure we examine access issues related to telephony, internet/broadband, and media access, and under social media we consider the ways in which social capital is changing in the digital age.

The full report is available here, in Spanish, with an introduction and conclusion in English.

Citation: Ludmila Ferrari, Edgar Nunez, Ingrid Sanchez Tapia, Joyojeet Pal (2013) Cultura Digital en Colombia, GRID Research Papers 2013/1, University of Michigan Ann Arbor