Government Websites (ALL IN SPANISH):
e-Mexico: This is Mexico’s e-government website. You can use it to link to some of the resources that the government offers. The site does not offer an abundance of data/statistics, but it is useful to look around the site to see what e-Mexico is used for, how it could be improved, etc. Created by the Secretary for Communication and Transportation.
AMIPCI is sort of a home base for Internet services in Mexico. This is possibly the most difficult source to navigate because there are a lot of branches from the website. However, that also means that it has the most information out of most government sites that I found and will most likely be really useful if you can successfully navigate it!
Visión 2030 is a very basic government website that lays out Felipe Calderon’s goals for Mexico in the coming decades. This is a useful source to use in order to identify the direction which the government is working towards. It also highlights some of the key areas that need to be addressed for the development of Mexico. Published by Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos.
The CompuApoyo website is very basic, but offers a general understanding of the goals of the CompuApoyo program with a few links to other organizations that work with CompuApoyo and the government of Mexico for this project. Created by the Secretary for Communication and Transportation.
The majority of the sources that I used for my country projects were in Spanish and I would highly discourage anyone from choosing Mexico as their country if they are unfamiliar with the language. That said, it was a very interesting developing region to study because of its proximity to the United States and the current issues that we hear in the news regarding the War on Drugs. A lot of the conclusions that I made in my papers were the result of analyzing small pieces of information on the websites listed above. For example, the videos on the CompuApoyo website show that the program is targeted to improve education. This mindset must be applied throughout your studies of Mexico, because a lot of facts/statistics are not laid out clearly on the government websites.
A lot of sources that I used for specific numbers are organizations such as the World Bank and the reports given in class (WSIS, EIU, WEF Global Info Tech Report, etc.). There are also a lot of short news articles available with updated numbers and descriptions of the ICT setting in Mexico. For example, I used this article (in English!) a few times for specific data about CompuApoyo, since it was hard to find the data on official government websites.
I also used YouTube videos as a source of information (all videos are in Spanish).
“Espera SCT que Compuapoyo se manege major en segunda etapa”: This is a video of a meeting during which the progress of CompuApoyo and the obstacles that it faced are discussed.
“Lanzamiento del programa Compuapoyo”: The speech given by President Felipe Calderón when CompuApoyo was introduced to the Mexican public.
“Programa Compuapoyo”: An interview during which the changes to the CompuApoyo requirements are explained.
For my sector-specific paper, I focused on the drug war. These two sources were invaluable (and also pretty interesting!). The second is particularly useful because it goes into detail about the connection between ICT and the War on Drugs.
Bonner, Robert C. “The Cartel Crackdown: Winning the Drug War and Rebuilding Mexico in the Process.” Foreign Affairs 91.3 (2012): 12.
“The Americas: The Spider and the Web; Mexico’s Drug War and the Internet.” The Economist 400. 8752 (2011): 49.