Full-time researchers

María was born in Mexico City and  currently lives in Oaxaca. As a member of REDES A.C, she coordinates the Community Intranets project towards the design and development of community networks to
access, share and preserve local content.

As Graduate student and Research Assistan at the M.A. Communication and Techonology at the University of Alberta, she collaborates with DigitalNWT, a train-the-trainer digital literacy program across the Northwest Territories, Canada. Maria has published several journalistic articles about Indigenous and community media, at platforms such as Revista Nexos, ComunicarEs and Network Sovereignty Blog. Maria enjoys photo embroideirng at @fotohilachas. 

LINES OF RESEARCH:

  • Coverage in remote areas and technological autonomy.
  • Community and indigenous communication.
  • Media plurality. 

Carlos has a PhD and Master’s degree in Sociology from the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities “Alfonso Vélez Pliego” of BUAP and a Bachelor degree in Communication Sciences from UDLAP. He is CITSAC’s general coordinator. He is a member of the National System of Researchers (SNI) Level 1 of the CONACyT of Mexico since August 2019.

Since 2016, he has coordinated the actions related to the training program for technical promoters in indigenous communities in Mexico, “Techio Comunitario”. As of 2019, as an expert consultant on indigenous peoples issues at the ITU, he develops and imparts the “Training program for promoters and technical promoters in indigenous communities in telecommunications and broadcasting in Latin America. Coordinates the training and mentoring work package in the project “Supporting Community-led Approaches to Addressing the Digital Divide” coordinated by APC and Rhizomatica.

He has developed various studies and publications on community media and rural and indigenous telecommunications projects. Since 2019, he coordinates the research team in Mexico of the project “Network Sovereignty: A Comparative Study of Local Network Initiatives in Rural, Low-income Communities” that is carried out by UCLA, MIT and CITSAC.LINES OF RESEARCH:

  • Coverage in remote areas and technological autonomy.
  • Training methods in community and indigenous communication.
  • Community and indigenous communication.
  • Media plurality.

Peter holds a master’s degree in Rural Development by the UAM Xochimilco and bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Founder and former director of Juntos, an organization dedicated to the defense of the human rights of Latino immigrants. He worked in Nigeria for two years where he supported the creation of the Media for Justice Project. Since 2011 Peter coordinates Rhizomatica, an organization that has created the first Indigenous Community Mobile Network in the world. Rhizomatica is also a founding organization of the CITSAC.

LINES OF RESEARCH:

  • Coverage in remote areas and technological autonomy.
  • Technological development.

Blanca is a PhD student in Humanistic Studies with a Specialty in Ethics and a Degree in Economics from the Tecnológico de Monterrey. She is a professor at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Since 2004 she has collaborated in community development projects in rural and indigenous contexts, supporting the organizational processes of Indigenous Peoples, communities and organizations in various countries of the continent. She currently coordinates the training area of REDES A.C.

LINES OF RESEARCH: 

  • Training methods in community and indigenous communication.
  • Community and indigenous communication.
  • Media plurality.
  • Community-based economics.

Karla holds a degree in International Relations from ITAM with specialized studies in public policy and Macroeconomics from the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (SciencesPo). In 2016, she was chosen as one of fifteen students for the social entrepreneurship program Innovation for Equality conducted by the University of Berkeley and Prospera, a Mexican non-profit organization. She coordinates the International Area of REDES A.C. focusing on issues of international advocacy for community networks. She currently coordinates the Connecting the unconnected project: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives in Latin America, developed jointly by the Association for the Progress of Communications and Rhizomatica.

LINES OF RESEARCH:

  • Normative systems of the Indigenous Peoples.
  • Coverage in remote areas and technological autonomy.
  • Media plurality.

Erick holds a PhD degree in Rural Development at UAM Xochimilco, a master’s degree in Social Administration with a Specialty in Community Development from the University of Queensland, Australia, and a Law Degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana with post-graduate courses at Escuela Libre de Derecho. He is an expert of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for connectivity issues in remote areas and indigenous peoples. He designed the legal strategy of the first Indigenous Community Mobile Network in the world. He is the General Coordinator of REDES A.C.

LINES OF RESEARCH:

  • Normative systems of the Indigenous Peoples.
  • Connectivity in remote areas and technological autonomy.
  • Training methods in community and indigenous communication.
  • Community and indigenous communication.
  • Media plurality.
  • Community-based economics.

Adrián holds a bachelor degree in Intercultural Development and Management from the UNAM studying the specialty in Science, Technology and Society. Since 2012 he has collaborated and coordinated educational projects in rural communities. His research focuses on alternative models of technological education. He is currently collaborating with the Union of Cooperatives Tosepan in the construction of community telecommunications in the Sierra Norte of Puebla. He has collaborated in community intranets projects, in Techio Communitario, the Abya Yala Community Network Seedbed and the ITU International Diploma.

LINES OF RESEARCH:

  • Training methods in community and indigenous communication.
  • Community and indigenous communication.
  • Media plurality.

Daniela holds a Master in Latin American Studies by the UNAM for which she obtained the Alfonso Caso Medal. She has a bachelor degree in Communication from the Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla. She is a professor at the National School of Higher Education (ENES) of the UNAM Morelia campus. Since 2006 she has collaborated in grassroots communication projects in Latin America and has researched about alternative media, Latin American grassroots integration, among other topics. She coordinates the Communication area of REDES A.C.

LINES OF RESEARCH:

  • Training methods in community and indigenous communication.
  • Community and indigenous communication.
  • Media plurality.

She holds a JD (LL.B) from CIDE, and a Master in Law, Science and Technology, from Stanford University. Karla has extensive experience working in the regulatory sector. She was a Senior Legal Advisor for the Mexican Federal Institute of Telecommunications, and the head of the Transparency and Data Protection Office of the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics. She also has a well-established record of working with rural and indigenous communities in Mexico in connectivity and digital rights. Currently, Karla is the Policy Advocacy Chief at Redes A.C.

LINES OF RESEARCH:

  • Normative systems of indigenous peoples.
  • Coverage in remote areas and technological autonomy.
  • Media plurality.