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Infrastructures of resistance: Community networks hacking the global crisis

Feminist reflections on internet policies - lun, 12/13/2021 - 14:57

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.

Infrastructures of resistance: Community networks hacking the global crisis

Feminist reflections on internet policies - lun, 12/13/2021 - 14:17

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.

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

GenderIT.org feminist talk - lun, 12/13/2021 - 13:36

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 contribute to creating resilience and not only access to communications and information to the quilombola families.

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

Feminist reflections on internet policies - lun, 12/13/2021 - 13:36

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 contribute to creating resilience and not only access to communications and information to the quilombola families.

The Tower

GenderIT.org feminist talk - dim, 12/12/2021 - 18:47

Marcela Guerra shakes us through her tarot card “The Tower”, raising awareness of the urgent need for a fresh start, for human-centred societies and infrastructures, or perish as Mother Nature agonises, and inequalities are exacerbated.

The Tower

Feminist reflections on internet policies - dim, 12/12/2021 - 18:47

Marcela Guerra shakes us through her tarot card “The Tower”, raising awareness of the urgent need for a fresh start, for human-centred societies and infrastructures, or perish as Mother Nature agonises, and inequalities are exacerbated.

Community networks: states, solutions and communities

GenderIT.org feminist talk - dim, 12/12/2021 - 17:48

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.

Community networks: states, solutions and communities

Feminist reflections on internet policies - dim, 12/12/2021 - 17:48

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.

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

Feminist reflections on internet policies - dim, 12/12/2021 - 16:08

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.

Community networks as infrastructures of resistance: Re-centring the needs of women and communities in technology-making and connectivity

Feminist reflections on internet policies - sam, 12/11/2021 - 20:21

This article situates the role of community networks that strive to deliver on technology’s promise of greater gender equality, making the case for recentring the needs of women and communities in technology-making and connectivity, as infrastructures of resistance in times of crisis.

Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN)

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.

Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN)

Feminist reflections on internet policies - sam, 12/11/2021 - 18:13

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.

Cyber law in Zambia: should it be repelled? Thoughts from a female human rights defender

GenderIT.org feminist talk - ven, 12/10/2021 - 14:09

This article provides insights into the recently passed Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act, 2021 in Zambia, from the perspective of Laura Miti, an award-winning human rights defender. Mitri alerts on how this act gives sweeping powers to the government to hush criticism of any kind and curtail freedom of expression and privacy.

Cyber law in Zambia: should it be repelled? Thoughts from a female human rights defender

Feminist reflections on internet policies - ven, 12/10/2021 - 14:09

This article provides insights into the recently passed Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act, 2021 in Zambia, from the perspective of Laura Miti, an award-winning human rights defender. Mitri alerts on how this act gives sweeping powers to the government to hush criticism of any kind and curtail freedom of expression and privacy.

Aprender seguridad digital sin ser técnica

Este artículo parte de la experiencia personal de su autora, una abogada de derechos humanos de la India, aprendiendo sobre seguridad digital en un espacio digital diseñado por y para personas neurotípicas y de castas altas.

#YoTeCreo Venezuela, una lección de seguridad digital y de sororidad dentro y fuera de internet… y de Venezuela 

Laura Vidal hace una reflexión, que habla de lo colectivo en primera persona, a partir de #YoTeCreoVzla, un movimiento de denuncia, testimonio, apoyo y sororidad que se manifestó en las redes venezolanas en abril de 2021.

What can digital surveillance teach us about online gender-based violence?

GenderIT.org feminist talk - lun, 11/01/2021 - 15:15

The article argues that digital surveillance is part of gendered and racist disciplinary structures, that manifest in specific forms of online gender-based violence experienced by black Muslim women influencers.

What can digital surveillance teach us about online gender-based violence?

Feminist reflections on internet policies - lun, 11/01/2021 - 15:15

The article argues that digital surveillance is part of gendered and racist disciplinary structures, that manifest in specific forms of online gender-based violence experienced by black Muslim women influencers.

Autonomía financiera: fragilidades y movilidades de clase

Kira Xonorica, desde Asunción, Paraguay, reflexiona sobre la fragilidad de clase desde el transfeminismo. En el contexto precarizante de la pandemia, las personas trans, con sus experiencias de resiliencia, pueden construir alternativas laborales en trabajos remotos vinculados a las tecnologías.

EROTICS Regional Survey learnings (2): understanding access and expression, and negotiating differences

GenderIT.org feminist talk - mar, 10/05/2021 - 15:57

Srinidhi Raghavan, coordinator of the EROTICS Regional Survey 2020, shares her learnings from cross-country feminist research on internet and sexuality through the lens of the Feminist Principles of the Internet.

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