Local access and community networking

Closer than ever: Keeping our movements connected and inclusive – The Association for Progressive Communications' response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Closer than ever: Keeping our movements connected and inclusive – The Association for Progressive Communications' response to the COVID-19 pandemic 07 April 2020

This position paper outlines APC's current thinking on the pandemic. It identifies several key, interrelated issues that require attention by governments, the private sector and civil society.

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 25
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 25 28 May 2020

Welcome to the 25th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

Community Networks Stories: "Pink... the colour of my internet"
Community Networks Stories: "Pink... the colour of my internet" 28 May 2020 Anjali Vajre for Gram Marg Rural Broadband

Anjali Vajre shares a personal account of how the connectivity enabled by the Gram Marg Rural Broadband project has changed her life and how she would like to use the skills she has gained to empower other women in her village.

Protocol for Accompanying Community Network Deployments in Social Isolation Scenarios
Protocol for Accompanying Community Network Deployments in Social Isolation Scenarios 26 May 2020 AlterMundi

In the current scenario of social isolation, the network deployment work stages have been adapted through this specific protocol  that guarantees the recommendations for social distancing and prevention of COVID-19.

Community Networks Stories: On the road to building internet access for all, why not take our children with us?
Community Networks Stories: On the road to building internet access for all, why not take our children with us? 26 May 2020 AlterMundi

For some time now, AlterMundi has been looking for ways to include children in their activities, both because of family dynamics and also because of how enjoyable it can be to share these experiences with children and the collective growth that can come out of them.

Community Networks Stories: Building access to digital learning in Malawi, where connectivity is usually "only accessible to a few elites"
Community Networks Stories: Building access to digital learning in Malawi, where connectivity is usually "only accessible to a few elites" 21 May 2020

The Centre for Youth and Development (CYD) is working with the community of Mzuzu, in northern Malawi, to build a low-cost wireless wide area network architecture for providing access to local digital resources and services and later to the internet.

Community Networks Stories: Creating songs with children in an Indonesian indigenous village
Community Networks Stories: Creating songs with children in an Indonesian indigenous village 18 May 2020 Common Room

As part of the digital storytelling workshops held with residents of Kampung Kasepuhan Ciptagelar, Indonesia, Common Room also facilitated music and songwriting workshops with the local children. to improve their ability to express themselves through music in a simple way.

Community-led Connectivity: Assessing the potential of community network models in the context of forced displacement in East Africa
Community-led Connectivity: Assessing the potential of community network models in the context of forced displacement in East Africa 15 May 2020 Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

This report by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) was commissioned by the UNHCR Innovation Service as part of the Digital Access, Inclusion and Participation programme.

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What can we learn from the research to make advocacy for community networks more effective?
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What can we learn from the research to make advocacy for community networks more effective? 14 May 2020

The research report "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South" explores the benefits of, and challenges facing, projects of this kind. This week we look at the recommendations that emerged from the research.

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What is stopping community networks from reaching their full potential?
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What is stopping community networks from reaching their full potential? 08 May 2020

The report "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South" explores the benefits of, and challenges facing, projects of this kind. This week we look at impediments to the realisation of the benefits of community networks.

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