International Alternative Networks

International Alternative Networks


All over the world, there are a number of international alternative networks that aid in the growth and development of information and media. Although these networks differ in their mission and structures but they all share the same objective of democratizing information and pushing for reforms in communication. These projects are characterized both by their non-commercial character and their resistance to imperialist forces mechanics.

These networks are made up of individuals, non-profit organizations, and native sites. They connect local communities to regional and global links in order to democratize information. They also advocate for communication reform campaigns which aim to make local and national communications media more accessible, inclusive and accountable. While these projects face many challenges that include a lack of financial and technical support, they continue in establishing a network of locally-local links that circumvents imperialist power mechanics.

In the beginning of the 1990s, a variety of international alternative networks began to pop up in a variety of countries and areas. These networks were created due to the convergence of social movements, especially from the Global South that were mobilizing against US policies, and innovative media groups that took advantage of the newly-created consumer marketing channels for their products.

These networks are increasingly important in areas where the main network isn’t in use or is not the preferred option. This article provides a classification for these networks, and outlines their main characteristics. It is designed to assist researchers as well as activists and others in their understanding of these networks particularly their role as a key element in a strategy of global access to all.


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