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digital connection as running water

As we have bigger opportunities to get digital access, we also faced new challenges. Government have bigger chances to login to find our information from local points they have for us. Almost every small municipalite in my state had free connection for our communities and we are using it as some are not afraid but local women in their communities are not even using phones as they fear for their lives making those local points unsafe or not even an option for them.

And even though government may have access, obstacles are not connections or the chance to login. In my town obstacles are within our own homes, husbands and relatives. Those women lived far away. They are in remote towns and they are just getting to use cellular phones, but in a small scale. They are controlled by their fathers, husbands and male relatives and they can not get what they want, as if they did, they will get access to what connection to the world gives you: FREEDOM.

We may get many places to have access, but to me what we need is that companies known the real truth about connection, which by now should be FREE for everyone, without any type of discrimination.

I will recommend technology companies to work very hard to make connections a free right. Having access from anywhere in the planet in secured connections, individuals from all over the planet should login to have the pleasure to be free. We are still slaves of new things. As old slavery finished we are in a dangerous border where we may think we are free but we are not. If private companies could understand that, they could even find very clever people living in other places in this planet which right now are silenced by not having free access.

If we continue solving the issue of using technology as a closed option there is not chance we find solutions to feel secure, because if it is not free, it means is manipulated by someone. ¿By who?

If it becomes FREE it is already SECURE. It is like running water. Clean water to me is equal to digital access which is there for all of us, but companies and countries stopped the signal making it private to have control.

¿Why?

Not making it a human free right as it is "running water" the only thing we get is to be slaves and keep ourselves living with fear and in a not safe planet. Everywhere. Anywhere.

I do not fear, I do not even think as I write this words which I believe so deeply in.

But I know is not the case for many in my town, state or country. They will not go to drink of a that "clean water" in that beautiful lake which is being watched by others, and they will not feel safe to drink being watch with guns or even worse telling you that you will have to pay to drink of that "water" or, that they will give you just five minutes to drink of that "clean water".

It feels not fair. Because many of us do not have equal resources to have access to "water", even though someone is telling us to drink because is healthy, pure, the best or free. We know that is being controlled and we have to moved carefully by the mood finding small opportunities to drink of that clean water for small instants to connect to our own specie in many other parts of this planet.

We could find secure ponds to drink "clean water" if the whole planet could see water and technology as a right we all have just for the fact we have it in our planet. Good things have to be share by all, not by some.

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LeanaM's picture

Gracias, Martha!

Martha, muchas gracias por contribuir a nuestra campana; no sabes la alegria que me da al ver Colombia tenirse de rojo en nuestro mapa de participacion en la campana!

Thank you also for your recommendation to tech companies about making access and digital rights into human rights. There is much discussion going on about this right now (and we have posted some campaign headlines on this issue), and we hope that with voices like yours delivered to key decision makers and tech companies, we will be able to make this objective come true! As you say, good things have to be share by all, not by some.

martha llano's picture

By many

My beautiful Leana,

I dream with a better world, with a better planet for my specie. I dream about dreams we all have but some who have the power do not see it. Many nights while I am in my warm nest, I wonder why? why? why? And I have not answers, just tears as right now that I have come to see how bad people in Perú is living under extreme conditions. Is not fair, is it?

Like humans we should treat all. Like humans we should believe we can and wi will.....

My love to you

Martha

Con afecto

Martha Llano
selva@sentir.org
marthallano.wix.com/serna

HAGA ALGO........ lo que lo haga feliz!
Y tan sólo recuerde que las soluciones a problemas globales dependen de cada individuo.

LeanaM's picture

Hay que tener fe (y perseverancia!)

Martha, I sympathize and agree...sometimes it's so hard to see everything that is happening in the world and to not feel despair that things are still bad, and are not changing for the better. I saw it too in Peru, in the altiplano, and was reminded, yet again, of how off-center our values become over time, and the incredible wisdom and perserverance of people who live in much more difficult conditions. But, I also got to meet some powerful people and work with some incredible grassroots organizations mobilizing communities to improve the well-being of those of near and far. Just recently at WP, we met Washington Gibaja Tapia, who started Path of the Heart (http://pathoftheheart.org/), who told us about his work in the altiplano using solar energy to generate all kinds of positive changes for the community (cleaner conditions inside homes, more hours to spend with children, etc.). I have faith that even though things aren't fair, as you say, there are still enough changemakers and activists to help make this world we call home a better place!

Con mucho carino -
Leana

martha llano's picture

Great

Wonderful!

I will see the site.

Afectos

Martha

Con afecto

Martha Llano
selva@sentir.org
marthallano.wix.com/serna

HAGA ALGO........ lo que lo haga feliz!
Y tan sólo recuerde que las soluciones a problemas globales dependen de cada individuo.

kellyannaustin's picture

beautiful metaphor

Martha,

I like how you emphasize that expression is a freedom we should all have access to! When access is hierarchized, the kinds of voices that can be heard are stratified too. Such an important point!

Many thanks,

Kelly

martha llano's picture

Every time

Kelly every time I have access to any resource I wonder how many more will have it....to me is like the sun I love, like the pure air I breath, like the forest I live in...
I wish I could send it all over the planet!

Thanks to you!

Martha

Con afecto

Martha Llano
selva@sentir.org
marthallano.wix.com/serna

HAGA ALGO........ lo que lo haga feliz!
Y tan sólo recuerde que las soluciones a problemas globales dependen de cada individuo.

Jenna Kz's picture

muchas gracias

Dear Martha,

Thank you for sharing your story. I learned so much about how gendered issues with technology can be for women in your country (and around the world) who wish to use it. It's something that I have taken for granted and I want to thank you for shedding light on that.

I also really liked your water metaphor. It was informative and attention-grabbing.

Thank you for lending your voice,
Jenna

martha llano's picture

As water runs...

When it does you do npt see it even
It is when is gonethat you realize ot made a path...

My love

Martha

Con afecto

Martha Llano
selva@sentir.org
marthallano.wix.com/serna

HAGA ALGO........ lo que lo haga feliz!
Y tan sólo recuerde que las soluciones a problemas globales dependen de cada individuo.

phoang's picture

Thank you for sharing!

Hi Martha,

Thank you for sharing your experiences and thoughts about digital connections. I agree that everyone should have the right to Internet access. The government should be working on programs that make it easier for everyone to access technology, whether that be establishing communal cybercafes or breaking down cultural barriers that stigmatize female usage of technology. Thank you!

martha llano's picture

To you

Thanks to you...I tried to answer you comment, how ever I saw it and then suddenly I enter a black hole where there was no connection...and I learnt to get unplugged again living knowing there is a parallel life I could not reach but I could feel, hear, even touch but not to drink...

Mi afecto

Martha

Con afecto

Martha Llano
selva@sentir.org
marthallano.wix.com/serna

HAGA ALGO........ lo que lo haga feliz!
Y tan sólo recuerde que las soluciones a problemas globales dependen de cada individuo.

AlexandraF's picture

Thank you, Martha, for

Thank you, Martha, for writing such a great post. Yes, I totally agree that internet access is a human right! Here in the United States we have much slower internet than in for example in Europe and many rural communities do not have access at all. Why? Because corporations control access. They decide who will get it, how much it will cost and how fast it will be. And I know many low income people who can't afford it. On another post here I read how many different corporations are bringing internet and technology to the developing world, and that always worries me. Because these corporations are just looking for more customers, for more paying customers that will buy their products. That is just the nature of business and the bottom line for them is to make profits.

We all need to work on making internet access a social and public good, instead of something to make money on. This is more possible in countries that tolerate and have a high degree of government regulation. And you are so right to compare it to water, since even water has been made into a commodity to sell. It is just unbelievable to me that anyone would even think they own water. And as you point out, the same applies to internet access.

Loved reading your post and gave me much to think about.
Greetings from Portland, Oregon

Alexandra

martha llano's picture

Think about

Alexandra,

Thanks for thinking about the fact we are all trapped. We all lived in this same planet and we can not go right now anywhere...how ever we allow other to trap ourselves with their own boundaries. We need those virtual walls to also get down.

Con afecto

Martha

Con afecto

Martha Llano
selva@sentir.org
marthallano.wix.com/serna

HAGA ALGO........ lo que lo haga feliz!
Y tan sólo recuerde que las soluciones a problemas globales dependen de cada individuo.

Julia O'Byrne's picture

I love your analogy!

Hola Martha!
I read your post with a lot of interest. You raise such interesting points! I had never thought about the role of big phone companies and internet providers in the struggle for increased access to the internet. But you are totally right! They do have a big role to play. I share your belief in the need for cheaper internet rates. I agree that ideally internet access should be free (and plentiful) around the world. However, my cynical side says that would never happen as the big companies that control internet access (at least in Canada, where I live) are too greedy to ever agree to free internet for everyone. I shouldn't be negative though. Instead, I should focus on the positive and what a world with more widespread internet access could look like... If internet access were more widespread, then the next challenge would be making sure everyone who wanted to had access to a computer or phone so that they could get actually get online. Your post was very thought provoking and gives me a lot to think about moving forward.

Muchas gracias & que te vaya super lindo :)
Julia

martha llano's picture

Boundaries

Julia

Thanks for
Reading me...

I
Wish

We could
Live in a planet without boundaries... None

And we can....

Gracias amiga!

Martha

Con afecto

Martha Llano
selva@sentir.org
marthallano.wix.com/serna

HAGA ALGO........ lo que lo haga feliz!
Y tan sólo recuerde que las soluciones a problemas globales dependen de cada individuo.

Jumi's picture

Technological Access as Water Access

Thanks, Martha.

Your use of access to water as an analogy to discuss access to Internet technology is beautiful. It raises key questions around the commercialization and control of Internet broadband spectrum, among many other components of the technology. Who decides who gets access and when? Perhaps a more poignant question is, why should such decisions be left in the hands of a few people in certain parts of the world?

I feel for those in your city who are reluctant to drink the water out of fear or because they can't afford it. We will continue to advocate for change until better structures are put in place to ensure wide-spread technological access.

Well done.

martha llano's picture

Access

Jumi

To me it is surprising that for companies it works more that many can not afford it that the fact that we all could.....to me it is as if slavery is still a business for many and many likes that....

I want to be free,

in all the ways

Abrazos

Martha

Con afecto

Martha Llano
selva@sentir.org
marthallano.wix.com/serna

HAGA ALGO........ lo que lo haga feliz!
Y tan sólo recuerde que las soluciones a problemas globales dependen de cada individuo.

documama's picture

interesting perspective

Dear Martha,

Thank you so much for sharing your perspective, it is so interesting to hear that access is free and widespread, but that is not the issue, the issue is control and fear. This is different from what I've heard on the topic from other areas and is just as prohibitive as lack of access at all, because the given freedom, is really not freedom.

It is an eye opening situation. Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth

martha llano's picture

Freedom

Slavery is still hidden under words of freedom....

Our gadgets see invisibles waves our brain still can not see but our bodies can feel...can even get sick for it...we have a sobredosis of waves which we can not use....

And they see it and it shows them as a padlock which for me is not freedom

It is not fair....

Thanks to you for reading me

Con afecto

Martha Llano
selva@sentir.org
marthallano.wix.com/serna

HAGA ALGO........ lo que lo haga feliz!
Y tan sólo recuerde que las soluciones a problemas globales dependen de cada individuo.

MariaAle's picture

Gracias!

Querida Martha,
Gracias por compartir tus inquietudes y preocupaciones que vives en tu país respecto a la carencia de acceso a internet para todos. Como Mexicana, hermana latina te entiendo perfectamente y me uno a tu campaña donde las compañías de comunicaciones deberían intervenir de una manera positiva y apoyar el acceso a teléfono e internet publico.
Me cautivo tu metáfora, sincera y profunda! He checado tu website y lo encontre inpirador.
Gracias amiga!
Un abrazo.
MariaAle

Thank you very much for sharing your story and worries about how your Country is very limited in access to internet. I find it very close to what you said since in Mexico it is the same. We are monopolized by one telephone/ internet company and not everyone have the opportunity. Love your deep metaphor, inspiring!
Gratitude!
Un abrazo.
MariaAle

Maria Alejandra Alcaraz

martha llano's picture

Privatización

MariaAle,

Vivimos en un planeta dominado por la privatización desafortunadamente....dominado por fronteras que nos opresionan como especie y no nos deja usar nuestros propios recursos...desde pequeños aprenderíamos a usar estos recursos eficientemente porque el hecho no es privatizar sino educar....

De este planeta difícilmente podremos salir a menos que todos queramos...

Todo está controlado. Y aunque mi departamento es uno de los más educados y abiertos con respecto al uso de la tecnología y hay acceso gratuito en casi todas las cabeceras de nuestros municipios es aún muy triste ver que el resto de los municipios no, ni las zonas rurales...Internet es el derecho a la información, construye la democracia y debería estar justo de donde provienen nuestros alimentos....así lo veo...nuestra gente campesina vive de donde provienen nuestros alimentos y el agua pura y potable....por qué no reinvertir en ellos? devolverles de alguna forma lo que hacen?

Un abrazo

Con afecto

Martha Llano
selva@sentir.org
marthallano.wix.com/serna

HAGA ALGO........ lo que lo haga feliz!
Y tan sólo recuerde que las soluciones a problemas globales dependen de cada individuo.

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