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Working on tech support in Guatemala City in October 2008 for the Social Forum of the Americas is having a profound impact on my assumptions.
The Internet and all my assumptions about tech are very different in a place without regular, high speed Internet access. It's not possible to just say it's like being in New York 10 years ago, because it's not like that. The Internet I use regularly is an Internet based on an assumption that you have high speed Internet access - an assumption that didn't exist 10 years ago.
Now, I'm re-thinking everything, like when and how often I install full system upgrades, the value of having installation disks that don't need a network connection to install an operating system or program, and how our communications protocols should function if we assume inconsistent network connections rather than the opposite.
I've arrived, with less than an hour of sleep. The irony of the last leg departing from George Bush Airport is not lost on me.
The big news today: Evo Morales is going to address the Forum!
It's happening on Thursday. It's throwing a bit of wrench in the scheduling, but there's definitely excitement here.
I'm in the LA airport awaiting my flight to Houston and from there on to Guatemala City for the third annual Americas Social Forum.
I can't think of a more political intense and overhelming time to be talking politics in Latin America. We have the crisis in Bolivia and the global economic crisis. We have country after country electing leftists governments - with El Salvador poised to be the next early in 2009, taking the trend from South America into Central America.
And, we have a burgeoning global communications network with an immense potential for international organizing.
I'll be posting here over the next 10 days about my experiences volunteering, participating, and organizing May First/People Link's own workshop contribution.