1. What brings Network members together?
2. Who are the members of the Global Network for Social Justice and Digital Resilience?
Member organizations are based in India, Lebanon, Kenya, Nigeria, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Canada, and bring accumulated experiences on digital resilience from Latin America, Southern and Eastern Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The members of the Network are:
3. What are the current activities of the Network?
Network members are currently developing the specific projects and activities under the umbrella of the “Tech Lab for Global South”. The Tech Lab offers a platform for knowledge sharing, cross regional learning about surveillance, infrastructure and mis/disinfomation experiences and responses from a Global South perspective. The Tech lab also aims to better understand the impact that digital attacks have in marginalized communities in the South. One specific project of the Tech Lab is the Global observatory of surveillance technology, whose main objectives are to conduct research to document, understand and identify trends-connections across the various surveillance methods employed by state and non-state actors in the Global South.
4. What does collaboration mean so far at the Network level?
This Network is a hub where important discussions about strengthening digital resilience in the Global South happen. In particular, Network members have been collaborating through:
5. How did the Network start?
In 2020, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker announced the issuance of a social bond to support the survival of social justice organizations during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Using the proceeds from the social bond, the Ford Foundation’s Tech & Society Program launched the initiative by creating a fund under the fiscal sponsorship of New Venture Fund and managed by an independent advisory board made up of civil society, funders, and experts on digital matters. Ten organizations were eventually invited to be part of the initiative, all of which came in agreement on hiring a managing partner.
6. What is the current governance structure of the Network?
- New Venture Fund is the fiscal sponsor entity responsible for financial and legal management;
- The Advisory Board is responsible for providing strategic advice and making decisions on the actual allocation of resources;
- Network members, who are currently 10, are the organizations whose networking and collaboration would be increased through this initiative;
- Criti.ca is the managing partner responsible for facilitating the development and the implementation of the Network’s strategy, the day-to-day operations, and engagement.
7. How can other organizations become members?
At the moment, the Network is not accepting new members but welcomes collaboration and exchange with like-minded groups, organizations and communities. The Network will be working on developing processes for membership that uphold the principles of diversity and inclusion.
8. How to engage with the Network?