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The inclusion of digital technologies in our Latin American societies should be analyzed as an issue of technology transfer between different cultures. From this perspective it is easier to grasp the challenge involved in learning to make use of tools that reinforce a participative culture by solving problems based in accurate information, without appealing to traditional figures of authority. An specific example might be the support universities should offer their teachers to incorporate them to the connective strategies, which becomes just another aspect of technology transfer. How to incorporate internet to accelerate our collective knowledge to achieve political, economical and social development becomes thus the big goal for research and future incorporation in public policies.

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    ABSTRACT: A revised version of modernization theory implies that certain cultural variables (deeply-instilled attitudes among the public of a society) play an important role in democratization—and considerable empirical evidence supports this claim. Nevertheless, these variables are rarely used in econometric analysis of democratization. Why? One important reason is a tendency to view subjective mass orientations as volatile, relatively “soft” data. Analyzing data from many Large-N comparative survey projects, this article demonstrates that: (1) certain mass attitudes that are linked with modernization constitute attributes of given societies that are fully as stable as standard social indicators; (2) when treated as national-level variables, these attitudes seem to have predictive power comparable to that of widely-used social indicators in explaining important societal-level variables such as democracy; (3) national-level mean scores are a legitimate social indicator; and (4) one gets maximum analytic leverage by analyzing data from the full range of societies. We find numerous strong correlations between these subjective indicators and important societal attributes such as democracy, which suggest that causal linkages exist—but we do not attempt to demonstrate them here. Previous research has tested some of these linkages, finding support for causal interpretations, but conclusive tests of all the linkages shown here would require several book-length treatments. We briefly review some of the evidence supporting the conclusion that modernization leads to enduring mass attitudinal changes that are conducive to democracy.
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