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ICTs and Good Governance: The Contribution of Information and Communication Technologies to Local Governance in Latin America

This work is a survey of the conditions for the use of ICT in five countries in Latin America: Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador and Mexico. In several municipalities, mayors, leaders and authorities were interviewed and many local organizations visited. Both the factors determining good governance at the local level and their relatedness to ICT were examined in order to increase knowledge on this relationship. Aspects considered were: decentralization, citizen participation, transparency and grassroots movements, alternative experiences, popular participation and social- movements networks. In interviews and group meetings information was collected on whether these aspects were present or not in the communities or in government guidelines, and whether, in some way, there was a link between these social expressions and the use of ICT.