Digital inclusion

Bridging the digital divide: Insights from the Africa Community Networks Exchange
Bridging the digital divide: Insights from the Africa Community Networks Exchange 09 April 2024 Maria José Casares García

Community networks in Africa stand as beacons of innovation and resilience. Through a series of four webinars, Tanda Community Network along with APC and and Rhizomatica's LocNet initiative helped with capacity building and explored such networks' challenges, triumphs and how to support them in bridging the digital divide.

Why we need to rethink financing for connectivity to bridge the digital divide
Why we need to rethink financing for connectivity to bridge the digital divide 02 April 2024 Débora Prado

Community-centred connectivity alternatives are offering reliable services at affordable costs in areas left behind by large telecommunications companies. But their journey shows why rethinking financing for connectivity is an important step towards bridging the digital divides.

“Hybrid events can offer the best of both worlds”: APC’s guide to planning meaningful and inclusive gatherings
“Hybrid events can offer the best of both worlds”: APC’s guide to planning meaningful and inclusive gatherings 28 March 2024 Maja Romano

The hybrid events guide contains a wealth of information to help organisers think strategically about what is required to effectively plan and run a hybrid event, and create a space that is inclusive and welcoming for all who engage regardless of modality.

Community networks newsletter: What changes when connectivity is rooted in communities?
Community networks newsletter: What changes when connectivity is rooted in communities? 26 March 2024 APCNews

By being rooted in their own communities and encouraging collective articulation, a community network can became a catalyst for rethinking digital spaces and build more inclusive practices – as the pieces collated for this issue show.

Seeding change: Community network tackles the digital divide and boosts the creation of local content 
Seeding change: Community network tackles the digital divide and boosts the creation of local content  25 March 2024 Débora Prado

Learn about the Portal Sem Porteiras community network, an initiative by residents of a rural neighbourhood who are promoting community-centred connectivity, local content creation and technological innovation in Brazil.

NETmundial+10 highlights multistakeholderism around digital governance
NETmundial+10 highlights multistakeholderism around digital governance 14 March 2024 Maja Romano

The upcoming NETmundial+10 meeting will be an important space to ensure that civil society priorities and perspectives are strongly represented and build on APC’s historical engagement in key internet policy and governance processes.

Community networks newsletter: Meet solar-powered hubs providing community-centred connectivity in Nigeria
Community networks newsletter: Meet solar-powered hubs providing community-centred connectivity in Nigeria 26 February 2024 APCNews

Recently, Hello World, in partnership with APC and CITAD, offered training on the Hello Hub connectivity model to community organisations in Nigeria. This process shows the power of partnership, knowledge-sharing and the leadership roles of community members in offering connectivity alternatives.

7amleh’s Hashtag Palestine 2023 report shows real-world consequences of digital rights violations
7amleh’s Hashtag Palestine 2023 report shows real-world consequences of digital rights violations 26 February 2024 Maja Romano

In their new annual report, Hashtag Palestine 2023, 7amleh documents how censorship of Palestinian narratives and content is rampant alongside incitement and hate speech against Palestinians.

APC statement to the informal stakeholders consultation during preparations for the zero draft of the Global Digital Compact
APC statement to the informal stakeholders consultation during preparations for the zero draft of the Global Digital Compact 14 February 2024 APC

In its contribution to this round of consultations, APC stressed the vital importance of ensuring the effective consideration of civil society voices in the Global Digital Compact negotiation phase.

Five hopeful stories of community networks rethinking technologies from our podcast series
Five hopeful stories of community networks rethinking technologies from our podcast series 30 January 2024 Débora Prado

Can communities shape digital technologies in favour of their environments, cultures, knowledge and well-being? This piece present five inspiring stories from the Routing for Communities podcast showcasing how connectivity and the use of technology gain meaning from local demands.

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