community networks

An illustrated journey of women in community networks

intentional infrastructures: feminist principles of the internet and community networks

Posted Tue 12 Nov 2019 - 16:13 | 7,980 views

This edition takes 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 community networks. Community networks are zones of autonomy around infrastructure and technology that hold the promise of connecting the unconnected and also are becoming creative and feminist sites of...

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News about our community network – Portal sem Porteiras

Posted Wed 23 Oct 2019 - 19:23 | 3,625 views

In this layered podcast, the members of Portal sem Porteiras, Marcela and Luisa explore their excitement over the possibilities of their community network and how they are re-finding meaning and solace in connections. 

An illustrated journey of women in community networks

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Our routes: women's node - an illustrated journey of women in community networks

Posted Wed 23 Oct 2019 - 19:12 | 7,557 views

In this beautifully etched illustration we follow the stories of various women who are working in community networks and their journeys with technology, autonomy and self-realisation. 

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In depth

Privileging the social over the technical in community networks: Interview with Sol Luca De Tena

Posted Wed 23 Oct 2019 - 18:08 | 4,459 views

Zenzeleni, which means ‘do it yourself’ in isiXhosa, has become exemplary of the unique challenges and remarkable successes of a community network in the global south. In this interview, Sol Luca de Tena discusses how the cooperative business model for Zenzeleni has evolved to center community needs and priorities.

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Observing a community network in the Philippines through a gendered lens

Posted Mon 7 Jan 2019 - 15:03 | 5,745 views

In this interview, Serene Lim dives deep into what are the gender implications of making a community network in a remote area of the Philippines - from tackling gender stereotypes to the distribution of labour of running a community network to the benefits of access for communities often overlooked by telecommunications companies.

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Networks Woven with Care

Posted Wed 20 Jan 2021 - 18:02 | 1,285 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.

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

Posted Wed 16 Dec 2020 - 14:39 | 2,340 views

GenderIT and Locnet invited women who work in CNs to share their experiences in the times of COVID-19 and their reflections on what these times have revealed around centering 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 technlogies under the pandemic.

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

Posted Wed 16 Dec 2020 - 11:39 | 1,803 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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Connected to care: Coronavirus and women's challenges in community networks

Posted Tue 24 Nov 2020 - 16:53 | 1,580 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.

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Talking community networks at AfChix TechWomen Summit 2018

Posted Tue 29 May 2018 - 11:30 | 4,063 views
In this report back from AfChix TechWomen Summit 2018, Kazanka Comfort talks about the inclusion of young women in science and tehcnology programs in university, discussions around the possibilities offered by community networks to own and manage infrastructure by the people. In particular Kazanka looks at how women are affected by sectarian conflict and working with ICTs and training in...