Indians in Cyberspace: How Authorship Affects Both Similarities and Differences Among Websites Dealing With Human Rights Issues of the Indigenous People of Latin America
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Death, destruction, disease, and disappear. All words that can be used to describe what has happened and been encountered by the indigenous people of Latin America over the last 500 plus years. Military repression and aggression against these people has resulted in one of the largest annihilations of people and culture in history. What was once a proud variety of colorful and beautiful cultures had been dwindled to near extinction in the wink of an eye. This was not taken lying down though. Over the centuries the indigenous people of Latin America (and activists throughout the world) have battled and scratched to maintain and regain any piece of their dignity, heritage, and especially their human rights that they have remaining. Human rights has been an issue of particular interest over the years in Latin America because of the flat out blatant violations directed towards their indigenous peoples. Governments throughout the region have done, essentially, whatever they wanted to these people without any amount of repercussion. This has slowly but surely begun to change, however, with the advent of technology, especially with the onset and spreading of global telecommunications. Specifically this spreading of global telecommunications has been the result of the Internet. Today the Internet is used by people from all parts of the world and for every reason imaginable. It should come as no surprise then that it has been a source of major focus and use for those involved in and interested in the human rights of Indigenous people of Latin America. Groups of all different associations and organizations have presence on the Internet plus they all have different reasons and interests for using this mega-tool of information dissemination. As a result what is being said throughout cyberspace varies quite dramatically. It is up to the reader then to decide whether what is being said is going to help improve the human rights issues faced by indigenous people of Latin America or not. To do this we must acknowledge who the authors of these websites are and based upon this we can then see what is being said and compare it among the other authors. This will create a picture of how the Internet really plays in human rights of indigenous people of Latin America. The following study does just this while also looking at several other factors that influence what, how, and why information is posted on websites pertaining to human rights of indigenous people of Latin America.