Community Care

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Infrastructures of resistance: Community networks hacking the global crisis

Posted Mon 13 Dec 2021 - 14:57 | 4,247 views

Community networks 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...

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Editorial

Infrastructures of resistance: Community networks hacking the global crisis

Posted Mon 13 Dec 2021 - 14:17 | 3,633 views

In times of crisis, community networks proved that an infrastructure is only as robust as the more caring of its communal nodes. We are glad to present the special edition: Infrastructures of resistance: Community networks hacking the global crisis. Read the editorial article, by Adriana Labardini.

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Feminist talk

Sharing human and internet bandwidth of a community network in the middle of a pandemic

Posted Mon 13 Dec 2021 - 13:36 | 2,420 views

In Vale do Ribeira, São Paulo, Brazil, a group of ecological, quilombola farmer women, in partnership with two feminist organisations: APC and Sempreviva Organização Feminista (SOF), managed to deploy and operate their Wi-Fi mesh network. Bruna Zanolli highlights the importance of building trust, empathy and feminist guidelines in the community so that their internet infrastructure could...

group of children around a laptop in a classroom

Feminist talk

Community networks: states, solutions and communities

Posted Sun 12 Dec 2021 - 17:48 | 2,816 views

Upasana Bhattacharjee further builds on this notion of community network not only as a local connectivity infrastructure serving the unserved people and rural areas left out by markets or states, but mainly as a social actor that builds knowledge, autonomy and agency at the local level, through a community-owned infrastructure and organized operation.

members of rural community installing a fiber internet wire

In depth

Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN)

Posted Sat 11 Dec 2021 - 18:13 | 1,973 views

Kira Allmann’s podcast will transport you to the rural north of the United Kingdom to invite you witness one of the Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN) community network assembly meetings, where knowledge is shared, and empathy transpires.

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Feminist talk

Using the internet during a pandemic: Is it a choice?

Posted Mon 15 Feb 2021 - 14:53 | 3,138 views

During the lockdown in India, the circumstances of marginalised population groups, including gender and sexual minorities (GSM), has worsened. Community and peer support has been critical, but in many cases it depends on phone and/or internet connectivity. The author wonders if informed choices regarding internet usage is possible in this context.

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Feminist talk

Networks Woven with Care

Posted Wed 20 Jan 2021 - 18:02 | 2,715 views

Once upon a time, not long ago, in a village in southeast Brazil, women came together to exchange information and learn collectively about the influence of technology on their lives and on the spirit of the community. In the process, they learned something of great value.

Feminist talk

Women in community networks in Latin America: the story of Belem

Posted Wed 16 Dec 2020 - 14:39 | 5,202 views

GenderIT and Locnet invited women who work in community networks to share their experiences in the times of COVID-19 and their reflections on what these times have revealed around centring meaningful communication in their physical and digital communities. This is the second part of the stories that got to be told about the acts of care in communication technologies under the pandemic.

Two people next to one antenna in the mountain

Feminist talk

Hardworking and resilient women engage with a health information chatbot in Pamoja Net

Posted Wed 16 Dec 2020 - 11:39 | 3,463 views

Through awareness-raising work groups organised by Pamoja Net in DRC, women and girls learned how to participate in the network and to access and verify health information through a telephone helpline and a chatbot.

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Feminist talk

Connected to care: Coronavirus and women's challenges in community networks

Posted Tue 24 Nov 2020 - 16:53 | 2,775 views

GenderIT and Locnet invited women who work in community networks to share their experiences in the times of COVID-19. This is one of the stories that got to be told about the acts of care in communication technologies under the pandemic.