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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
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.