Access to information

Guifi.net

Guifi.net (pronounced /’gIfI/) is a bottom-up, citizen-driven technological, social and economic project with the objective of creating a free, open and neutral telecommunications network.

The Guifi.net project puts in practice a disruptive economic model based on the commons model and the collaborative economy, in which volunteers, SMEs and public administrations cooperate to build and operate sustainable common-pool network infrastructure. As of December 2016, Guifi.net accounted for more than 32,500 operating nodes, serving over 60,000 people, and more than 20 ISPs.

The Fundació Privada per a la Xarxa Oberta, Lliure i Neutral Guifi.net (Guifi.net Foundation for the Free, Open and Neutral Network) was established in July 2008 with the foundational mission to give support to the Guifi.net project. Among other tasks, it is responsible for the development and implementation of the governance tools, including the network licence, conflicts settlement system, compensation system, etc. It operates Guifi.net’s critical infrastructure and has expertise in full-cycle network management. It is both an NGO and a registered telecommunications operator under Spanish regulations.

In 2015 it received the European Broadband Award from the European Commission.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information

Contact

Fundació Privada per la Xarxa Lliure, Oberta i Neutral guifi.net
Carrer Jaume I, el Conqueridor, 3, 4t. 1a.
08500 Vic
Catalunya

fundacio@guifi.net
roger.baig@guifi.net
roger.pueyo@guifi.net

Zenzeleni Networks

In a context where communications are accessible but not affordable for rural communities in South Africa, Zenzeleni Networks is a locally owned and operated cooperative that is providing services in one of the most disadvantaged rural areas in the country, to contribute to reducing their communication costs. To do so, they have installed and are operating a solar-powered wireless mesh network that initially provided free voice calls through 10 publicly accessible analogue phones spread throughout the community.

The community decided to use the spare energy produced from the solar power system to create a public access mobile phone charging station. The services offered were later upgraded to provide calls to national and international numbers for a fraction of the prices offered by incumbent operators, thanks to aggregating demand and accessing wholesale VoIP pricing. In terms of data provision, Zenzeleni is upgrading the infrastructure and connecting to a fibre network to provide internet access to the local primary school, the high school, and a set of hotspots in the community at a fraction of the cost of the other services available.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information

Contact

Zenzeleni Networks
Tshani Store P.O. Box 232
Mankosi A/A
Ngqeleni, Gauteng, 5141
South Africa
+27 733749728
jaysiya26@gmail.com
carlos.reymoreno@gmail.com

ONG Derechos Digitales

ONG Derechos Digitales is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental organization, which mission is to defense and promote human rights in the digital environment. Its main working topics include Freedom of Expression, Access to Knowledge, Transparency and Democracy, Privacy and Personal Data Protection, and Consumer Protection.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Freedom of expression,
  • ICT policy,
  • Internet governance,
  • Open access

Contact

Diagonal Paraguay 458
Segundo piso,
Santiago Centro, Santiago de Chile,
Chile
Fax: (+5622)632 36 60
http://www.derechosdigitales.org/

Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF)

Digital Empowerment Foundation, a Delhi based not-for-profit organization was registered on December 2002, to find solutions to bridge the digital divide. With no political affiliations, it was founded to uplift the downtrodden and to create economic and commercial viability using Information Communication and Technology as means.

Organization’s vision is to make the digital inclusion reach the masses, to create even opportunities and linkages between haves and have-nots so that the grassroots knowledge reaches the economic prosperity and vice versa through information communication technology and digital media.

The objectives of the work of The Digital Empowerment Foundation are:

  • To offer and facilitate seamless ICT and digital solutions linkages to the needs and demands from the diverse groups of rural areas
  • To sensitize and provide knowledge inroads to government and corporate to offer inclusive ICT solutions for the masses
  • To create Digital Media Platforms for masses.
Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Cultural & linguistic diversity,
  • ICT for development,
  • Training & ICTs

Contact

Digital Empowerment Foundation
House No. # 44, 3rd Floor,
Kalu Sarai, beside Narayana IIT Academy,
New Delhi – 110 016
Ph # 011 – 26532786/87
Fax # 011 – 26532787
E-mail # defindia@gmail.com
http://www.defindia.net

North East Regional Office
House 10, Nijom Path,
Sixmile, Khanapara,
Guwahati- 781037
Assam
Telefax: 0361-2332400

May First/People Link

May First/People Link is a politically progressive member-run and controlled organization that redefines the concept of "Internet Service Provider" in a collective and collaborative way. May First/People Link's members are organizers and activists. Like any democratic membership organization, we gather together each year to evaluate the past year's experiences, plan the coming year's work and elect a Leadership Committee to apply what we've decided. Like a coop, we pay dues, buy equipment and then we all use that equipment as we need to for websites, email, email lists, and just about everything else we do on the Internet.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Open access,
  • Strategic use of the internet

Contact

Offices are in Sunset Park, Brooklyn at:
461 54th Street
Brooklyn NY 11220

Mailing address is:
May First
PO Box 1814
New York, NY 10159-1814

Fax: 718-770-7699
Tel: 718-303-3204 — (ext. 106)

info@mayfirst.org
http://mayfirst.org

KICTANet

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Internet governance,
  • Media & ICTs,
  • Strategic use of the internet

Contact

P O Box 278, 00606
Nairobi, Kenya
Phone: +254 (020) 4453671/2
Email: info@kictanet.or.ke
Website: http://www.kictanet.or.ke

Cooperativa Sulá Batsú

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Free software,
  • Gender & ICTs,
  • Human rights & ICTs,
  • ICT for development,
  • Media & ICTs,
  • Open access,
  • Strategic use of the internet,
  • Training & ICTs

Contact

Sulá Batsú
Address: 100m Norte y 175m Este, del AM-PM en Sabanilla, Montes de Oca
Apdo. 222-2110
San Pedro, San José Costa Rica
Phone/Fax: +506 2253 1339, +506 2253 1326
http://www.sulabatsu.com<
Email: info [at] sulabatsu [dot] com

Open Institute

The Open Institute is a not-for-profit and non-governmental organization base in Cambodia, established in September 2006. The mission of the organization is to ensure that the benefits of technology for social and economic advance are usable in Cambodian society, in particular by i) enabling widespread use of technology by means of using local language. ii) improving access to education and the quality of education by enabling the use of technology. iii) using technology to facilitate information sharing and communication as tools to build a more equitable society. iv) expanding Khmer lexicography, ensuring access to all sources, and developing on existing materials.

At present, the Open Institute implements six main program activities: – Open Schools Program: http://osp.open.org.kh – Open Learning Program: http://elearning.open.org.kh – Women Empowerment for Social Change: http://women.open.org.kh – Khmer Software Initiative: http://www.khmeros.info – Publications: http://cambodiamirror.wordpress.com – Lexicography

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Free software,
  • Gender & ICTs,
  • ICT for development,
  • Low-cost technology,
  • Strategic use of the internet,
  • Training & ICTs

Contact

Open Institute
Street Address: House 19, Street 374
P.O.Box 1552
City/Town: Phnom Penh
Country: Cambodia
Telephone: +855 23 224821
Email Address: openinstitute@open.org.kh
Website: http://www.open.org.kh/en

JCA-NET

Japan Computer Access Network (JCA-NET) is a Tokyo-based network that aims at empowering citizen’s activities through the internet “for peace, social & environmental justice and human dignity”. JCA-NET aims to provide networking tools for NGOs and social movements, working closely with the AsiaLink, which is an Asiawide NGOs information and e-mail networks.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Freedom of expression

Contact

4F-D Kanda-dera building, 3-4-10 Soto-kanda, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 101-0021
Japan
Tel: 03-5298-7330
Fax: 03-5298-7336
support@jca.apc.org
www.jca.apc.org

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