Crime has appeared as a central problem for citizens, politicians and the media in Latin America in last two decades. In this context, increased concerns about public safety impacts the political and electoral agenda. In Argentina, this process began at the end of the nineties but became especially prominent during the 2015 presidential election when all candidates forcefully supported more police, more video cameras, and more penalties.
The digital divide between Latinos and Non-Latinos in the United States is narrowing, but what does that really mean?
When the public hears about technology startups, the two known names are Silicon Valley and New York City. This may change. In the last few years, several Latin American countries have been advancing their start-up programs for companies near and far. The countries creating startup programs are offering grants for companies in the science and technology fields.
The World Cup and new technology has gone hand in hand ever since the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. The 1970 World Cup was the first to be broadcast in color. The Mexican games were the start of a relationship between new technology in television and the World Cup. More recently, the 2006 games in Germany were the first to be broadcast in HDTV and the South African games were available via Internet streaming, while some games were even available in 3D television.
As Brazil continues to grow and develop at an exponential rate, their famed favelas will soon be on the map thanks to Microsoft and Bing.
On October 16, 2014, Argentina launched its first geostationary satellite, which will allow Argentines, Chileans, Paraguayans, Uruguayans, and citizens of the Malvinas Islands to enjoy full satellite coverage. The satellite will be used primarily for data transmission as well as telephone and television services. The satellite was constructed out of entirely Argentine parts and has been named ARSAT-1.1 A week later, on October 24, the ARSAT-1 reached its destination and is now in its permanent orbital location.
Technology is not only at the heart of modern day society, but it also shapes economies as technologies bring the world closer with information, businesses and health care, for example.
Panoramas interviewed Marissa Elena Yáñez, from Los Altos Hills, California. Marissa is a first generation Latina descent of a Peruvian father and a Panamanian mother. She holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a PhD in bioengineering from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.
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