Low-cost technology

Guifi.net
Guifi.net 13 April 2017

Guifi.net (pronounced /’gIfI/) is a bottom-up, citizen-driven technological, social and economic project with the objective of creating a free, open and neutral telecommunications network. The Guifi.net project puts in practice a disruptive economic model based on the commons model and the collaborative economy, in which volunteers, SMEs and public administrations cooperate to build and operate sustainable common-pool network infrastructure. As of December 2016, Guifi.net accounted for mo...

Zenzeleni Networks
Zenzeleni Networks 14 March 2017

In a context where communications are accessible but not affordable for rural communities in South Africa, Zenzeleni Networks is a locally owned and operated cooperative that is providing services in one of the most disadvantaged rural areas in the country, to contribute to reducing their communication costs. To do so, they have installed and are operating a solar-powered wireless mesh network that initially provided free voice calls through 10 publicly accessible analogue phones spread throu...

Rhizomática
Rhizomática 23 June 2016

Rhizomática works as a bridge between the potential users of the technology and the engineers and developers of these efforts to ensure the technology is deployed and appropriate for use in the developing world. Their mission is to increase access to mobile telecommunications to the over 2 billion people without affordable coverage and the 700 million with none at all. Through efforts in Mexic...

AlterMundi
AlterMundi 23 June 2016

AlterMundi is an NGO based in Argentina that strives to promote the emergence of a new paradigm based on freedom gained through peer collaboration. AlterMundi explores different manifestations of peer-to-peer collaboration from a technological perspective and in particular it has a put a great deal of work in relation to Wireless Community Networks for small towns and rural areas. Projects such...

Open Institute
Open Institute 14 May 2008

The Open Institute is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organization that envisions Cambodia as a country in which widespread access to high quality education, information, communications and technology lead to a more developed and just society. Our mission is to ensure that the benefits of technology for social and economic advance are usable in Cambodian society. While the strategy of the...

Colnodo
Colnodo 05 March 2008

Colnodo is an association of non-profit non-governmental organisations founded in 1994. Its goal is to facilitate communication and the exchange of information and experiences among Colombian social organisations at the local, national and international level through low-cost electronic networks. In pursuing this goal, Colnodo has developed programmes that place priority on issues such as human...

Fundación Escuela Latinoamericana de Redes (EsLaRed)
Fundación Escuela Latinoamericana de Redes (EsLaRed) 03 March 2008

Although EsLaRed was legally registered in November, 17, 1999 as an independent organisation, it has carried out training and dissemination activities on ICTs since 1992 through Universidad de los Andes. Based in Merida, Venezuela, EsLaRed is a non-profit, private, academic institution dedicated to the development and promotion of research and dissemination of Information and Communication Tech...

Associació Pangea - Coordinadora Comunicació per a la Cooperació
Associació Pangea - Coordinadora Comunicació per a la Cooperació 23 January 2008

Pangea is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1993 to promote the strategic use of communication networks and ICTs for development and social justice. They promote that organizations and social movements share information, knowledge and technical resources for the effective and strategic use of ICTs, especially the Internet, in a sustainable way, respecting the diversity and ...

Web Networks
Web Networks 22 January 2008

Web Networks’ mission is to contribute to building a self-reliant online community based on non-profit enterprise, cooperation, and mutual aid which can support, maintain, and defend principles of social responsibility, ecology, and economic justice. To these ends, Web Networks provides appropriate and innovative communication technology and resources. Web Networks also seeks to foster health...

Women'sNet
Women'sNet 06 November 2007

Women’sNet works to advance gender equality and justice in South Africa through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). It provides training and promotes content that supports women, girls, and women’s and gender organisations and networks to take control of their own content and ICT use. Recognising that ICTs are a gendered tool, Women’sNet seeks to address gen...

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