APC member Rhizomatica, winner of the Mozilla Off-the-Grid-Challenge 23 February 2018 By APCNews

How do you connect the unconnected? Mozilla and the National Science Foundation posed this question to find innovative wireless technologies that connect people to the internet and to each other. One of the winners of the second round of the "Off-the-Grid Internet Challenge" is APC...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 3 22 February 2018 By APCNews

Welcome to the third monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

Job opportunity at APC: Digital content curator 16 February 2018 By APCNews

APC is looking for a person with strong content organising skills and experience in working with or developing materials used for civil society capacity building to join our communications team. Deadline extended! Apply before 9 March 2018.

Local Access Networks: Can the unconnected connect themselves? Local Access Networks: Can the unconnected connect themselves? 31 August 2017

This project aims to address the following questions: Are local access infrastructure models a viable alternative to connecting the unconnected, and if so, what are the circumstances that make them successful? What are the benefits to the local community in terms of well-being, gender equity and social or economic development where connectivity infrastructure is locally owned?

African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) 22 March 2017

AfriSIG, an initiative co-organised by APC and NEPAD, is a multistakeholder training initiative that aims to give Africans from diverse sectors and stakeholder groups the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence to participate effectively in internet governance processes and debates. 

Building EROTICS Networks in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka Building EROTICS Networks in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka 25 April 2016

Building on a strong pre-existing coalition, this project will strengthen the participation of an already participating country (India, with active network member Point of View), and bring in new actors from two new countries:  Sri Lanka, with Women and Media Collective, and Nepal, with LOOM.

Global Information Society Watch Global Information Society Watch 30 August 2010

Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) is an annual report co-produced by the APC network and partners, which looks at the progress being made in creating an inclusive information society worldwide (particularly in implementing WSIS goals), encourages critical debate, and strengthens networking and advocacy for a just, inclusive information society.

What are we looking for?: Research on community networks South Africa 20 February 2018 Tigist Shewarega Hussen for GenderIT.org

Community networks offer an alternative to how connectivity, especially in remote areas, is largely determined by the market or state infrastructure. In this article Tigist Hussen explores the place of gender and feminist analysis in community networks, and specifically in the Zenzeleni network in Mankosi, South Africa. What she finds is surprising, humbling and insightful for researchers and practitioners working with local community networks.

Innovative health financing model at Uzirpur Health Complex, Barisal, Bangladesh 19 February 2018 Bytesforall Bangladesh

Bytesforall Bangladesh team went to Uzirpur Upazilla Health Complex in Barisal of Southern Bangladesh to document an interesting and innovative health financing model where poor villagers have been connected to a hospital database and were given health cards for the purpose of providing all possible outdoor healthcare services that are meant to be free for them.

Inside the Information Society: Cybersecurity London [13 February 2017] 13 February 2018 David Souter

Cybersecurity’s become the most important issue for many people working on the future of the Internet.  

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Inside the Information Society

David Souter writes a weekly column for APC, looking at different aspects of the information society, development and rights. David’s pieces take a fresh look at many of the issues that concern APC and its members, with the aim of provoking discussion and debate. Issues covered include internet governance and sustainable development, human rights and the environment, policy, practice and the use of ICTs by individuals and communities.

The internet of memory: Stories from the APC community

What were information and communication technologies like in the 1980s and 1990s? What are the stories of the genesis and evolution of non-profit computer networks working for social change? Twice a month, this section will take a historical look at the APC community's journey of internet activism and make links to where we are now. Join Jennifer Radloff in this retrospective trip exploring the connections between the past and the present.

Kept in the dark: Social and psychological impacts of network shutdowns in India
Kept in the dark: Social and psychological impacts of network shutdowns in India

The paper by Digital Empowerment Foundation documents on-ground stories and experiences in India to build a strong and effective case against network shutdowns, with specific focus on the social and psychological impact.

Network infrastructures: The commons model for local participation, governance and sustainability
Network infrastructures: The commons model for local participation, governance and sustainability

In this paper, Leandro Navarro describes a model to develop network infrastructure as common property, governed under the principles of common-pool resources.

Written submission by Zenzeleni Networks, APC and the University of Western Cape on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill in South Africa
Written submission by Zenzeleni Networks, APC and the University of Western Cape on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill in South Africa

This submission is premised on the practical experience of Zenzeleni Networks, which has demonstrated an alternative model to address the universal access and service gap, in rural South Africa in particular.

SMEX: Dependent yet disenfranchised. The policy void that threatens the rights of mobile users in Arab States
SMEX: Dependent yet disenfranchised. The policy void that threatens the rights of mobile users in Arab States

In the context of growing government control of mobile networks and a lack of transparency by both governments and companies in making these controls visible, this report by SMEX “Dependent yet disenfranchised. The policy void that threatens the rights of mobile users in Arab States” see...

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