This edition brings back the conversation to its roots. To the essence of the reasons behind our desire to connect ourselves and each other. It sheds light on who the unconnected are and dispels the myth of the underserved as powerless and in need of saving. It brings back power to the endless creative possibilities of communities that seek self-determination. It offers a closer look at the beauty of what communities around the world are producing to resist the uniformity of the greedy systems that are engulfing the planet and threatening our horizons.
The published pieces attempt to reflect the many tongues and modes of communication that women resort to while performing their skilled labour in creating, sustaining and building community networks. They offer an insight into the women whose “work” cannot be distinguished from their “life” as community organizers, articulators, policy makers, and engineers. We invite you to take a closer look at the realities of the women who are working for and with their communities through enabling, weaving, sustaining installing, running and advocating for autonomous connectivity. Women who are creating safer spaces for each other through coming together to reclaim sidewalks, landscapes and technologies. We also witness the relations that are woven between women.
In this edition, we use a collage of expressive methods that come through as reflective pieces, photo essays, podcasts, illustrations and interviews and hope that this will help paint a nuanced image of the magnitude of the complexities of the women who are doing work with community networks. We dedicate this edition to system administrators, weavers, articulators and technologists – working for their agency, their families, their ancestral lands, to women who make sure everyone is cared for. To the women who wake up at 5 am to cook for their families before heading to community councils. Those who install and maintain networks. To those whose languages are not supported on clouds, those whose mystical designs are woven on cloth as well as technology.