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Computer Memory, Collective Memory: Recovering History through Chilean Computing
October-December 2005 (vol. 27 no. 4)
pp. 104, 102-103
Eden Medina, Indiana University
This essay argues that computer histories contribute to collective memory and are especially important in nations where knowledge of the past has been erased or suppressed. Computer histories also can enrich national understandings of the past and contribute to ongoing debates over history and its relation to the present.

1. E. Medina, "Designing Freedom, Regulating a Nation: Socialist Cybernetics in Allende's Chile," to be published in J. Latin American Studies, May 2006; E. Miller-Medina, "The State Machine:Politics, Ideology and Computation in Chile, 1964–1973," doctoral dissertation, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Mass. Inst. of Technology, 2005.
2. J.A. Gúzman, "Proyecto Synco: El Sueño Cibernético de Allende [Allende's Cybernetic Dream]," Clinic, vol. 5, July 2003, pp. 5-8; F. Flores, "Fernando Flores Habla sobre el Proyecto Synco [Fernando Flores Talks about Project Cybersyn]," Clinic, vol. 5, July 2003, p. 9.
3. For example, see C. Rolle, ed., 1973 La vida cotidiana de un año crucial [1973: The Daily Life of a Crucial Year ], Editorial Planeta, 2003.

Index Terms:
computer, international, Latin America, Chile, history, memory, developing world, Cybersyn
Eden Medina, "Computer Memory, Collective Memory: Recovering History through Chilean Computing," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 104, 102-103, Oct.-Dec. 2005, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2005.56
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