Local access and community networking

APC at the Internet Governance Forum 2019
APC at the Internet Governance Forum 2019 30 October 2019

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is mobilising for the 14th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin, Germany, where it will be participating in activities from 25 to 29 November 2019. This page is your go-to resource, compiling: A schedule of IGF events in which APC and its members will be participating APC at the IGF 2019: Event coverage

Connecting the Unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives
Connecting the Unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives 11 March 2019

The initiative “Connecting the Unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives” is a project being implemented by APC in partnership with Rhizomatica that aims to directly support the development of community networks, with funds from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). This project builds on APC’s existing local access-related work currently being implemented with Sida’s core support, and the knowledge ga...

New GenderIT.org edition explores connections between the feminist principles of the internet and community networks
New GenderIT.org edition explores connections between the feminist principles of the internet and community networks 15 November 2019 GenderIT.org

This edition brings back the conversation to its roots. To the essence of the reasons behind our desire to connect ourselves and each other. It sheds light on who the unconnected are and dispels the myth of the underserved as powerless and in need of saving. It brings back power to the endless creative possibilities of communities that seek self-determination. It offers a closer look at the bea...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 23
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 23 07 November 2019

Welcome to the 23rd monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. We have created a new platform for community networks to share our experiences and grow together. Please join us at https://communitynetworks.group/  1. Events and conferences [En español] El 30 de noviembre y 1 de diciembre se realizará la Primera Cumbre Argentina de Redes Comunitarias en C...

News about our community network: Portal sem Porteiras
News about our community network: Portal sem Porteiras 01 November 2019 Marcela Guerra and Luisa Bagope for GenderIT.org

M: I am Marcela. L: And I am Luisa. M: We are part of the Portal sem Porteiras or gateless portal... L: ...an association created to formalize our community network L: Today our community network has an infrastructure of 12 nodes, omnidirectional and sectorial radios that connect to a mesh. These points were programmed to communicate with each other thanks to LibreMesh, a software installed to ...

Our routes: Women's node - an illustrated journey of women in community networks
Our routes: Women's node - an illustrated journey of women in community networks 23 October 2019 Bruna Zanolli for GenderIT.org

Community networks are autonomous connectivity solutions to structural divides. They offer a wide range of technologies that allow communities that don't have access to reliable and affordable methods of communication to connect themselves and each other. This beautifully etched illustration created by Bruna Zanolli follows the stories of various women who are working in community networks and ...

APC Annual Report 2018
APC Annual Report 2018 22 October 2019

APC's 2018 Annual Report offers an engaging dive into one year in the network's life. It’s been a year of intense work and satisfaction at APC, through community networks in rural villages in Cauca, Colombia, and Mankosi, South Africa; digital rights campaigns in Lebanon, Macedonia and Kenya; rights-based policy advocacy in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Chile and Mexico; film production in ...

A look into one year of APC's impact: About roots, flowers and moving tiles
A look into one year of APC's impact: About roots, flowers and moving tiles 19 October 2019 Flavia Fascendini

APC's 2018 Annual Report offers an engaging dive into one year in the network's life. However, as comprehensive as it is, it is just a sample of the multifaceted and tireless work we all do at APC. As APC's executive director Chat Garcia Ramilo said in her introduction to this report, it is a compendium of "stories about how APC collectively strives for change," from what Bishakha Dat...

Innovations in Spectrum Management - Enabling community networks and small operators to connect the unconnected
Innovations in Spectrum Management - Enabling community networks and small operators to connect the unconnected 18 October 2019 Stephen Song, Carlos Rey-Moreno and Michael Jensen

The value of being connected to a communication network is steadily rising. And yet, half of the world population remains unconnected to the Internet. Traditional solutions are showing signs of having reached their limits. Attempts to address this problem, whether through universal service strategies/funds, private sector initiatives or philanthropy, have met with limited success. This presents...

Immaculate Laker from BOSCO Uganda: "I enjoy seeing the lives of the women in rural communities change after connecting to the internet"
Immaculate Laker from BOSCO Uganda: "I enjoy seeing the lives of the women in rural communities change after connecting to the internet" 08 October 2019

This is the third in a series of interviews we will be publishing until the end of the year that highlight the journey, struggles and achievements of women doing work in community networks. We will document their experiences with the intention to inspire more women to get involved in this field. This month we are featuring Immaculate Laker. Immaculate is a representative of BOSCO Uganda&nb...

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