Getting gender inclusive from the ground to the cloud

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Getting gender inclusive from the ground to the cloud
Presenter(s) Fernanda Shirakawa, Nadege, Geisa Santos, Carla Jancz
Title(s) Digital Security Trainer, Digital Security Expert
Organization(s) Marialab (BR) marialab.org and vedetas.org, Perifericas (BR) perifericas.com.br, Kefir (MX) kefir.red
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Country(ies) Brazil and Mexico
Social media
2017 theme Regions & Groups

How the Internet can be more gender inclusive and diverse? How can we have excluded voices participating in the worldwide network?


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The subject of decentralized autonomous infrastructures is rapidly growing between activists, social workers and communities lacking proper infrastructure. Those free networks can give voice to underprivileged people all over the globe. It's also known that the tech field doesn't have much gender diversity, especially in the infrastructure area where the vast majority of technicians are male. Having more women and communities creating and using autonomous local network infrastructures is essential to foster inclusion and connect those people to the global Internet without them having to depend on a company or a male ally.

Considering that the knowledge about those technologies is still excluding, our group ran at 2016 regional projects aiming to disseminate the awareness of autonomous network infrastructure to women and local communities. In this proposal we want to host a workshop session to share those experiences and knowledge and foment new ideas about how can we make Internet more inclusive through the appropriation of its infrastructure. At the workshop we will present regional cases of autonomous networks in BRA and MEX and explain basic networking and wifi concepts, using language and methodology focused in the female audience. Than we will set up local network on site with participants, using devices available: laptops, cell phones and routers, using Libremesh, Serval Mesh and other technologies as examples of local services that can be shared within an autonomous infrastructure.

We wish to stimulate those attending the workshop to share documents and creative commons files openly in this network. (If possible, we will let the free mesh network open to all during all of the event)

In the last part of our workshop we want to put a light in concepts that bring to the infrastructure a more inclusive approach encouraging the design of ideas that consider:

  • Intimacy and consent: What information do we want to share? When? Why?

With whom? We can decide to temporarily share some part of our collective archive at a wider level, then narrow it down to a local community.

  • Situated knowledge and narratives: territory as a whole (on the

keyboard and offline).

  • Interconnecting seeds: we can decide to exchange with other local

networks, either remotely or literally visiting other communities

  • Autonomous collective management: small local networks enables the

community to administer it at a deeper and more personal level; the network evolves organically with the collective process.


Format Workshop
Target Groups Women's Rights Defenders, Feminists, Front Line Activists
Length 1 Hour
Skill Level Novice
Language Portuguese, Español, English


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