gender and community networks

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Community networks and feminist infrastructure: reclaiming local knowledge and technologies beyond connectivity solutions

Posted Mon 4 Nov 2019 - 14:10 | 6,372 views

What is feminist infrastructure? Our lives are determined now by technology and especially data and surveillance. How can we undermine the existing technological hegemony and rebuild infrastructures that accommodate different realities and needs through community networks?

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Weaving a Community Together – From Grassroots to Tech

Posted Tue 29 Oct 2019 - 11:47 | 5,762 views

A photo essay of a community network and the women working at the radio station and using the community network located just at the outskirts of Bangalore in India.

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News about our community network – Portal sem Porteiras

Posted Wed 23 Oct 2019 - 18:23 | 4,763 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 - 18:12 | 10,556 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 | 6,259 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

Community networks for raising awareness of women's rights: Interview with Chako Armant

Posted Wed 23 Oct 2019 - 16:33 | 4,041 views

In this interview with Chako Armant who researches and works on a community network on the island of Idjwi in DRC, she talks about running a community network while there is ongoing uncertainty and conflict, and how they are addressing norms around gender and technology.

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Infrastructures of resistance: Community networks hacking the global crisis

Posted Mon 13 Dec 2021 - 14:57 | 3,332 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 | 3,141 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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In depth

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

Posted Sat 11 Dec 2021 - 20:21 | 1,880 views

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.

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The contribution of bell hooks and Paulo Freire to the construction of community networks

Posted Tue 30 Mar 2021 - 15:16 | 3,773 views

In this article, Daiane Araujo discuss the link between popular education and community networks, and argues that class, race and gender should be part of the analysis in the implementation of autonomous infrastructure and technical training dedicated to digitally excluded communities.