When certain government or market actions and services were unable to meet the pressing needs of a pandemic and lock downs that, as a result, spiraled out of control, community networks (CNs) demonstrated that they were more than techno solutions to communication. Every location of these community-rooted autonomous sites of communication and knowledge became its own power house of resistance against the risks and inequalities that the pandemic has exacerbated.
In these times when most governments scrambled and stumbled to take life-saving, effective and empathetic steps towards providing reliable and immediate health and education services while in complete shut down, communities stepped in to care for themselves and their neighbours. The spectrum of CNs activities covered a wide range of life-saving and dignifying actions and services through providing communication, health information, facilitating telemedicine applications, setting up education services, expanding internet access and reach, to preventing and tending to online and offline gender based violence.
CNs proved that an infrastructure is only as robust as the more caring of its communal nodes.
In this second year of living in times of unequal global health crisis, we are glad to present this special edition of GenderIT.org: Infrastructures of resistance: Community networks hacking the global crisis and to share with our readers how intersectional approaches in CNs have been transforming these realities by embodying infrastructures of resistance and bringing hope to their communities.
You’ll find in this edition stories of hope, beauty, education, and diverse community strategies that support people on the ground to overcome local challenges and keeping humanity connected.
Editorial team: Adriana Labardini – Guest editor / Gustavo Nacimento – Illustrator / Lynne Stuart – Proofreading / Cynthia El Khoury – Gender and women’s engagement coordinator, APC Local Access Networks project / Debora Prado – APC Community networks project communications associate / Mariana Fossatti – GenderIT editor, APC Women's Rights Programme.