Etiqueta: internet

Internet y los cuerpos

Columna publicada el 28 de octubre de 2015 en El Espectador.

En 1996 el ensayista y poeta, John Perry Barlow publicó la Declaración de independencia del Ciberespacio y lo presentó como un mundo “que está en todas partes y en ninguna, y en donde no vive ningun cuerpo”.

También dijo que estábamos “creando un mundo al que se puede entrar sin privilegios ni prejuicios, sin que importe la raza, el poder económico, la fuerza militar o el lugar de nacimiento”. Por supuesto que para un hombre blanco y cisgénero como Perry, Internet plantea un mundo sin fronteras. Pero no es lo mismo ser un gringo que ser una mujer emberá. El acceso a Internet en el mundo no es igualitario y no puede desvincularse de nuestros cuerpos.

The digital divide: a report from Latin America

Chapter of the foundation Plan UK’s annual report, “State of the World’s Girls Report 2015”. October 2015.

When I was 11, we learned how to use the Logo operating system in computer classes in Barranquilla. Since I didn’t have a computer at home I had to write out all the calculations manually and I would use pencil drawings and a typewriter to do my homework. We got our first computer at home in 1996. At school it was always the boys who knew most about computers. They were the ones who studied systems engineering. I studied philosophy and visual arts. The closest I came to systems engineering was probably maths, but it depressed me to think that if I studied maths I wouldn’t be attractive and I would end up alone. Of course, that’s being really superficial. Or maybe it isn’t, because the need to feel accepted and loved is no small thing. Perhaps I was just very young at the time and didn’t realise that my own choices were influenced by machista prejudices.