What are the challenges confronting a society increasingly dependent on digital technologies? Who is making the rules and determining the values behind using social media? How are societies adapting and what are the prospects for the future? Articles in this issue address these questions and more.
Radio Bee Xhiidza (Zapotec Waves) is a community radio station operating in the Xhidza region of Oaxaca State, Mexico, since 2009. The station currently reaches 25 Zapotec communities (approx. 12,530 people) using a 250 watts transmitter. Over the past 9 years, the station has become a starting point for numerous community development projects and has played a key role in helping to enhance community autonomy. Despite this success, the station faces problems such as limited local radio production in the local language, high electricity costs, limited access to resources, and volunteer fatigue.
This project seeks to support Radio Bee Xhiidza to embark on a strategic planning process to address long-term sustainability issues, purchase repeating towers to increase their reach an additional 10 Zapotec communities (bringing their total reach to 35 communities or 20,730 people), install solar panels to lower their electricity costs, and build the capacity of the 10 community reporters (5 men and 5 women). Content will focus on the UNDRIP and will be produced in the Zapotec language. A stronger station will help the Zapotec communities promote and protect their language, culture, and land rights.