The Citizens' Network

Produced & Directed by Katharine Round & Leah Borromeo  |  Editor: Greg Pittard  |  Series Producer: Dan Davies | Executive Producers: Hugh and Anson Hartford

After the Edward Snowden revelations, President Evo Morales said the United States was conducting electronic surveillance on "our most senior authorities" and stopped using his own email account.

This film investigates how Bolivian senator Nelida Sifuentes has led the campaign to restructure the way in which Bolivia and Latin America communicate, and restore power to ordinary citizens. The tiny mountainous South American country has one of the world's slowest Internet connections, but the senator is leading the drive to develop infrastructure and software that will make Bolivia digitally independent

Commissioned by Al Jazeera English and co-produced with Banyak Films. 


Further reading

Director's view: Making The Citizen's Network


Directors Leah Borromeo and Katharine Round ask how can people with the world's worst internet set up a technological network independent of external corporate or governmental control?



A Tale of Two Lands


How palm oil development is dividing a local community in Liberia.