Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Lecture: "The Indigenous Appropriation of Communication Technology: A Model for Community Media Autonomy in the 21st Century"

Mon, February 3, 2014 | 2nd Floor Conference Room, Benson Latin American Collection, SRH Unit 1

5:30 PM

Around the globe, indigenous communities and nations are using radio stations, autonomous cellular networks, computer languages, and social media to bypass media domination by state governments and international corporations. Kiado Cruz will discuss recent developments at the frontiers of media and community organizing in Oaxaca, Mexico, and what they might mean for community media autonomy worldwide.

Kiado Cruz is a community organizer, communication innovator, and indigenous scholar from the Zapotec town of Yagavila in the Sierra Norte of Oaxaca. Combining traditional practices from his home region with the prefigurative politics of technology collectives, Kiado’s newest work includes open-source software in his native Zapotec language, indigenous radio and multimedia, and the first autonomous cellular telephone network in the Americas through the Rhizomatica project.

Presented in Spanish and simultaneous English translation.

For more information, contact Tony Macias.


Sponsored by: Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS); Native American and Indigenous Peoples Association (NAIPA); ILASS; LLILAS Benson

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