Women and the Spatial Politics of Community Networks

The article “Women and the Spatial Politics of Community Networks” explores the positive impacts of Community Networks (CNs) in low-income rural areas, such as economic improvements and personal well-being. However, it highlights that spatial politics invisibilize women in the design and regulation of wireless technologies used by CNs. This assertion is supported by case studies in India, Indonesia, Argentina, Mexico, South Africa and Uganda, and collaborations with pro-CNs activists. It is emphasized that spatial policies operate at scales different from women’s experiences in rural communities, limiting their access to WiFi and participation in CNs decisions.

Author

Nicola J. Bidwell

Year Published

2019

Country / Region of focus

Global

Complexity

Addresses basic elements of the subject, no prior knowledge is required

Keyword

Network Type

Community-Based Network

License Type

​Copyright held by the owner/author(s) ​

Item Type

Paper​

Language

English

Specific Subject - Social

​Community engagement and mobilization

Specific Subject - Technical

Telecommunication

Specific Subject - Economic

Sustainability & Scalability

Specific Subject - Regulatory

​Global policy and regulation

Gender Perspective

Yes

Accesible to people with visual or hearing impairments

No

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