Chile/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.11 New technologies and digitalisation in the arts and culture

The cultural policy in place for the period 2011-2016 understands digital culture on the basis of the contributions from other institutions at the international level such as the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Colombia (CNCA, 2011b). Recognition of digital culture implies abandoning the distinctions between author and audience, or creator and spectator, extending the possibilities of democratisation in the emission of messages and production of content throughout the population. Likewise, it offers possibilities of innovation in terms of production as well as creation (Ministry of Culture of Colombia, 2009).

The cultural policy currently in effect sets as one of its objectives the promotion of cultural creation linked to cultural platforms through communication technologies. Specific strategies relating to this area include research, the installation of education processes for the production of content in digital platforms and the promotion in their production, the identification and promotion of success stories in the use of digital media in arts and culture, and the promotion of training, experimentation, research and dissemination associated to the technologies of information and communications (CNCA, 2011a). Likewise, the cultural policy currently in effect seeks to promote the use of digital media for the participation in artistic and cultural activities, promoting access to digital and online arts, and incorporating cultural themes in the digital agenda of the State.

Notwithstanding the above, the State of Chile has still not assumed international recommendations such as those issued by the Conference of Ministries of Culture 2013, which promote the free exchange of content between users and seek to establish limits on the expansion of copyright, seeking to facilitate greater creativity and less dependency on the large agents of cultural industries (Council of Europe, 2013).

Chapter published: 28-12-2013