Local access and community networking

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...

Chako Armant from Ensemble Pour la Difference: "Women became our first respondents and partners"
Chako Armant from Ensemble Pour la Difference: "Women became our first respondents and partners" 03 September 2019

This is the second 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 Chako Armant. Chako is a representative of Ensemble Pour la Différence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the community networks learning grant ...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 21
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 21 29 August 2019

Welcome to the 21st monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Events and conferences [En español] Este 6 y 7 de septiembre tendrá lugar Latinity sobre mujeres en tecnología, organizado por el miembro de APC Cooperativa Sulá Batsú. Habrá un panel sobre redes comunitarias organizado por IBE Brasil y Colnodo. Leer más. From 4 to 9 Sept...

Memory Jere from CYD Malawi: Motivating girls and getting them to push further
Memory Jere from CYD Malawi: Motivating girls and getting them to push further 28 August 2019

This is the first 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 Memory Jere. Memory is a representative of the Centre for Youth and Deve...

Colnodo, access to spectrum and community networks: “Quality connectivity in rural areas is possible”
Colnodo, access to spectrum and community networks: “Quality connectivity in rural areas is possible” 13 August 2019 APCNews

Quality connectivity in rural areas is possible. Colnodo, an APC member organisation in Colombia, has been working for years towards that goal and now rural communities will have access to spectrum under the country’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Ministry. The end result of a process that began in early 2017, this project involves mounting a mobile telephone network in pilo...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 20
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 20 05 August 2019

Welcome to the 20th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Events and conferences [En español] Del 6 al 8 de agosto de 2019 se desarrollará el Foro de Gobernanza de Internet para Latinoamérica y el Caribe. Este año será en La Paz, Bolivia. Leer más. From 21 to 25 August 2019, the Chaos Communication Conference will bring together “thousands of...

Enabling community participation of young girls and women: Janastu community mesh radio network
Enabling community participation of young girls and women: Janastu community mesh radio network 01 August 2019 Sarbani Banerjee Belur

As part of the “Connecting the Unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives” project being implemented by APC in partnership with Rhizomatica, Sarbani Banerjee Belur of Gram Marg, an India-based member organisation in the project’s peer learning community, recently visited the Janastu Community Mesh Radio Network initiated by Servelots in t...

Community networks help foster active citizen participation in the global South
Community networks help foster active citizen participation in the global South 11 July 2019 Talant Sultanov

Internet connectivity opens many opportunities for civil society groups and activists to participate in their countries’ political life, defend their rights and promote government transparency and accountability. However, much of the populations in developing countries remain unconnected and thus cannot fully participate in civic life. This was the focus of my intervention at the “Innovativ...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 19
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 19 27 June 2019

Welcome to the 19th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Events and conferences Until 30 June 2019, the call for travel support to attend the Internet Governance Forum 2019 annual meeting is open. The IGF, a global multistakeholder platform of the United Nations that facilitates the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the internet, will happen...

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South 26 June 2019 Research conducted by Nicola Bidwell and Michael Jensen

There is increasing concern over the worldwide slowdown in the growth of voice and internet users. The networks being deployed by national operators are now only expected to connect 60% to 70% of the world’s population by 2025. This indicates that the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which anticipate attaining universal connectivity by 2030, are unlikely to be achieved. Despite d...

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