This edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) seeks to understand the constructive role that technology can play in confronting the crises. It disrupts the normative understanding of technology being an easy panacea to the planet’s environmental challenges and suggests that a nuanced and contextual use of technology is necessary for real sustainability to be achieved.
This thematic report highlights community networks as a people- and environment-centred approach to connectivity:
I love how they start the discussion with this …" una red comunitaria es más que un proyecto, es un tejido que está compuesto por personas, tecnologías, acuerdos, que se entrelazan en relaciones que constituyen la red."
This report looks at the impact of COVID 19 on women in Kibera, provides key recommendations and highlights the role of community-centric approaches, such as community networks and communities of care, in supporting women during and beyond the pandemic
This article from Karla Prudencio and Peter Bloom brings important reflections and invite us to rethink internet governance frameworks, and human rights frameworks more generally, to be more inclusive of the complex, intersectional issues regarding connectivity access:
This piece from CITAD brings the highlights of a civil society consultative meeting on community networks convened by them. The meeting, attended by over 40 CSOs from different parts of the country was held online using zoom on July 27 was meant to sensitize them on the importance of community networks as a tool for addressing the digital divide.
The Murambinda Works community network connects the district headquarter offices and spans a radius of 40 kilometers up to Nerutanga along Chivu Road. It has earned the name Murambinda Works through a public communications access system that reaches beyond the town itself, covering a population of 108,000, and providing accessible and affordable Internet to underserved communities in Buhera North and West.
A politics of difference: This article from REDES A.C. reflects on the scope of the Mexican Supreme Court thesis against the charge for spectrum use rights (available in Spanish):
On 13 January 2021, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the communities, in a unanimous decision that they would be exempt from such charges, in a legal challenge brought by Telecomunicaciones Indígenas Comunitarias A.C. (TIC AC).
“In the shadow of the continuing global pandemic, and the heavy reliance on digital technologies that has created for all sectors, ESCAP and ISOC is reconvening the 2021 edition in support of the implementation of pillar 1 (Connectivity) of the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (AP-IS) initiative.”