Dr Kira Allmann is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies in the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on digital inequality and community-driven solutions for Internet connectivity that challenge corporate and state ownership models for telecommunications infrastructure. She is also the Communications Director at the Oxford Human Rights Hub.
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.