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

Mon, February 3, 2014 | Benson Latin American Collection Conference Room University of Texas at Austin

5:30 PM - 7:00 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. Come to this presentation and discussion about 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. Presentation in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation in English
Sponsored by 
UT Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS), Native American & Indigenous Peoples Association (NAIPA), ILASSA, and the Benson Latin American Collection

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