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 | 8,905 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 - 18:23 | 4,370 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

Feminist talk

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

Posted Wed 23 Oct 2019 - 18:12 | 9,159 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 - 17:08 | 5,487 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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In depth

Observing a community network in the Philippines through a gendered lens

Posted Mon 7 Jan 2019 - 15:03 | 7,768 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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Infrastructures of resistance: Community networks hacking the global crisis

Posted Mon 13 Dec 2021 - 14:57 | 1,161 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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Sharing human and internet bandwidth of a community network in the middle of a pandemic

Posted Mon 13 Dec 2021 - 13:36 | 527 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...

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Feminist talk

Community networks: states, solutions and communities

Posted Sun 12 Dec 2021 - 17:48 | 523 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.

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In depth

Connectivity hacking the pandemic, enabling digital inclusion and unlocking treasure in rural areas

Posted Sun 12 Dec 2021 - 16:08 | 522 views

Miami Chirilele writes about how Murambinda Works, a community network in North Buhera, Zimbabwe, has been able to connect 108,000 people, and is hacking the crisis bottom-up.

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In depth

Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN)

Posted Sat 11 Dec 2021 - 18:13 | 656 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.