Monday, 19 March 2018

Mexico’s Own Indigeanous Internet

Tanzim Taqrim

An indigenous collective runs its own internet network. IK TA K’OP provides connective in Mexico’s southernmost state. In Chiapas only 13% of people have internet. Small towns like Abasolo are often ignored. The cost is half the price local competitors. In 2016 Mariano Gomez a primary school teacher has started the collective. IK TA K’OP means “Word in the Wind”. It implies to the use of wireless networks. People who can’t afford to pay for internet can do work-trade with collective. But having internet access can create new challenges including intellectual property rights. Nearly half a million people in Chiapas speak the Mayan language “Tzeltal”. But not much of it can be found online. In order to preserve Tzeltal IK TA K’OP built an intranet system. It’s used as a digital library for video, audio text and educational content and several schools in Chiapas support the intranet. Having internet access has also boosted the economy.
Source: AJ+

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