Local access and community networking

Measuring the digital divide: Why we should be using a women-centred analysis
Measuring the digital divide: Why we should be using a women-centred analysis 04 July 2018 Nic Bidwell

Targeting "the gap" between women and men in access to the internet is fundamental in reaching the goal of access for all. In an article for the Alliance for Affordable internet, the Web Foundation argues that the indicator of this gap should be calculated relative to a women-centred reference when the intention is to focus on the disparity and disadvantages faced by women. Gender internet access gap indicators contribute to defining goals for international and country-level policies. Th...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 7
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 7 27 June 2018

Welcome to the seventh monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Get involved If you are interested in being part of a movement for more transparency in the telecom sector through open data policies and practice, please join the discussion forum at Open Telecom Data. Read more in the discussion piece by Steve Song here and a follow-up podcast interview here.  2. Events and conferences 2.1 Upcoming events  13-18 July 2018 in Toronto, Canada: St...

The international perspective of connecting the unconnected
The international perspective of connecting the unconnected 19 June 2018 Karla Velasco Ramos

You are probably reading this right now either from your phone, tablet or laptop, with an average speed of 2 Mbps (at least, and even more than 10 Mbps if you are in the USA, Canada or Europe) and you most likely feel frustrated every time you cannot load a webpage. Trust me, I can relate.  But what would you do if I told you that you are part of the 47% of people that are privileged enoug...

Talking community networks at AfChix TechWomen Summit 2018
Talking community networks at AfChix TechWomen Summit 2018 12 June 2018 Kazanka Comfort for GenderIT.org

For a one-day event, AfChix 2018 was well attended and really packed full of exciting activities. Among the notable participants were undergraduates from the University of Technology, Dakar. The presence of these young women at this high-profile ICT event for women was a reassuring sign that the future of AfChix is secured. The importance of the event was also underscored by the fact this was t...

A pathway towards community access: From telecentres to community networks
A pathway towards community access: From telecentres to community networks 04 June 2018 Florencia Roveri, Nodo TAU

Access to the internet for local communities has been a challenge for decades for those working to achieve equal rights for all people, especially when dealing with groups that are affected, in one way or another, in terms of their access to such rights. In this respect there is a well-trodden pathway bringing together technological and community experiences in order to collaborate in the stren...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 6
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 6 24 May 2018

Welcome to the sixth monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Get involved Northern Public Affairs, in collaboration with the Internet Society, is pleased to release a call for contributions to the Fall 2018 special issue of NPA Magazine focusing on emerging developments in community networks among Indigenous peoples in North America. Read more.  APC in...

A toolkit for researching women’s internet access and use
A toolkit for researching women’s internet access and use 23 May 2018 A4AI, the Worldwide Web Foundation, the GSMA and APC

While an increasing number of people are now using the internet, the lack of comparable and accurate gender disaggregated data obscures the true extent of the differences in access to, and use of the internet between men and women. This toolkit has been designed for stakeholders who are interested in integrating gender into their research projects in order to better understand this gender gap i...

 South Africa becomes the first country in the region to support community networks 
South Africa becomes the first country in the region to support community networks  23 May 2018 APCNews

Some governments in the global South are devoting increasing attention to the divide between urban and rural areas, a key issue to address the fact that millions of people are becoming left out of the information society. Access to communications in rural areas is made possible mainly by big mobile phone operators, but their services are usually not affordable for people with lower incomes. Con...

In Mexico, an indigenous community telco will continue to operate – for now
In Mexico, an indigenous community telco will continue to operate – for now 08 May 2018 Giovanna Salazar, Rising Voices

Indigenous Community Telecommunications (ICT), a civil society association in Mexico, has withstood an important legal battle for the right of indigenous communities to establish and manage their own community networks of mobile phones and internet. ICT, which provides voice and data services at affordable costs in remote areas of southern Mexico, obtained a special legal protection (or amparo,...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 5
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 5 26 April 2018

Welcome to the fifth monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. Categories 1. Get involved Digital Empowerment Foundation is calling for sessions for their Digital Citizen Summit. The deadline to submit your session proposal is 30 April 2018. Read more. 2. Calls for grants The Beyond the Net Medium and Large Grants Programme is now open for applications until 1...

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