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From: Mallory Knodel <mallory(a)mayfirst.org>
Date: Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 6:34 PM
Subject: [gaia] Fwd: [Feministinternet] GenderIT call for proposals - CNs
as infrastructures of resistance
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*From:* Mariana Fossatti <mariana(a)apcwomen.org>
*Date:* 3 August 2021 at 12:12:03 GMT-4
*Subject:* *[Feministinternet] GenderIT call for proposals - CNs as
infrastructures of resistance*
GenderIT is looking for content proposals for the next Community Networks
edition in partnership with LocNet project. See the call bellow.
Infrastructures of Resistance: Community Networks Hacking Global Crisis
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.
In these times where most governments scrambled and stumbled to take
life-saving, effective and empathetic steps towards providing reliable and
immediate health and education services while in complete shut down,
communities stepped in to care for themselves and their neighbors. The
spectrum of CNs activities covered a wide range of life saving and
dignifying actions and services through providing communication, health
information, facilitating telemedicine applications, setting up education
services, expanding internet access and reach, to preventing and
tending to online
and offline gender based violence.
CNs proved that an infrastructure is only as robust as its more caring of
its communal nodes.
In this second year of living in times of unequal global health crisis, we
invite you to submit your works in this special issue of GenderIT.org:*
Infrastructures of Resistance: Community Networks Hacking Global Crisis*
and to share with us how intersectional approaches in CNs have been
transforming these realities by embodying infrastructures of resistance and
bringing hope to their communities.
Share with us your stories of hope, beauty, education, as well as your
strategies that supported you to overcome local challenges and keeping
GenderIT.org carry blogs, podcasts, videos, essays, interviews and
webcomics on internet policy and cultures from a feminist and
intersectional perspective, privileging voices and expressions from the
Those who are interested can send abstracts and/or ideas for:
- Writings (2000 – 2500 words)
- Videos (maximum of 8 – 10 mins)
- Photo essays (maximum of 3 photos)
- Comics or illustrations (maximum of 3 – 4 page/panel)
- Audio recordings/podcasts (maximum of 10 - 15 mins)
Please see some tips and style for writings here:
You can work on your own, collaborate with others or we can matchmake you
(for example a writer and an illustrator). All work selected will be
compensated by The Association for Progressive Communication (APC).
Send your ideas to: *genderit(a)apcwomen.org <genderit(a)apcwomen.org>* with
subject “CN Infrastructures of Resistance edition”
We will be glad to read your ideas and give you feedback and guidelines for
the writing process. You can choose to publish under your name or a
pseudonym. We can't ensure that all proposals will be published, because
that depends on our limited budget.
The deadline for submitting your ideas is *August 20*.
**About Community Networks (CN)*
We are aware that definitions of community networks can vary a lot
depending on the context in which they are implemented and
the socio-technical aspects they mobilize. Here we understand community
networks as the community, the land and the digital technologies that are
governed by communities and that enable the work of communities who are
designing, articulating, building, maintaining and sustaining their
communication and knowledge infrastructures. i.e. community networks
involves hybrid models of communication networks such as digital
technology, infrastructures that facilitate a community's governance and
access to the internet and/or community radios that enable local knowledge,
archival work, solidarity building, land defense, economic sovereignty, and
other enablers of human rights.
"Michael J. Oghia" <mike.oghia(a)gmail.com> writes:
> Happy to share. It's linked to a Google Doc, but I've attached the
> final PDF as well.
I am sorry that you had to risk yourself in order for me to avoid the
risk to myself. I wish you had not done that onto yourself. The policy
is more important to me than the paper, as I described in my second
paragraph on my previous email. What I wished for is that the publisher
made a pdf available for everyone without the need to risk privacy,
freedom and security to all. Thank you for your good intentions,
> Regarding your last paragraph, that's really a question for A4AI and
> not myself. But I have written extensively about it, including in the
> 2017 DC3 report and a sustainability magazine article, and I'm working
> on another piece that will hopefully come out this summer looking at
> those same questions.
By skimming the document, I can note that it is much more broad than
just proposing electrical grid coverage. I will study it later in more
I want to bring your attention to a new report launched by the Alliance for
Affordable Internet (A4AI). It focuses on sustainable access – a topic I
began writing about in 2017 thanks to Luca inviting me to contribute to the
DC3 report :-) Needless to say, it's a topic dear to my heart.
The report analyses how governments embed climate issues into their
broadband policies, looks at the consequences of inaction, and suggests
policy recommendations towards a greener internet.
There was an ask ( please see very interesting transcript from precious
email on WSIS 2021 Forum session 3 bridging digital divide) to connect with
whatever available tech with speed rather than wait for the best or newest
solution, for covid 19 has made economies dependent on ICTs.
In the west with land line phones there is 3 way calling ...wonder if there
is technology fix to take this to more callers say 10 callers connecting.
The bandwidth to enable zoom education is not available to all, but land
line phones are more common in rural areas. Also dial up internet is still
an important option and content should be made avaliable for these
technologies. I grew up through dial up and know it can be used effectively
for some purposes ...
Amali De Silva - Mitchell
Amali De Silva-Mitchell MSc.CPA,CMA