Colombia

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 pilot mode in the municipality of Buenos Aires, Cauca. We spoke with Julián Casasbuenas, Colnodo direct...

“We can't just sit back and wait”: Indigenous, black and campesino communities in Colombia meet their own communications needs with community wireless network
“We can't just sit back and wait”: Indigenous, black and campesino communities in Colombia meet their own communications needs with community wireless network 12 February 2019 APCNews

A version of this article in Malagasy can be found on the Rising Voices website. Thanks Andriamifidisoa Zo for the translation! The “digital divide” in Colombia is particularly wide in rural communities, since service coverage, especially cellular mobile service, is concentrated in urban centres. In September 2017, communities in the municipality of Buenos Aires, located in the department of Cauca, decided to confront this situation by planning and developing their own communica...

Colnodo, winner of the FRIDA grant programme, will now implement TVWS technology with a gender focus in community projects in Colombia
Colnodo, winner of the FRIDA grant programme, will now implement TVWS technology with a gender focus in community projects in Colombia 29 August 2018 APCNews

Community networks offer a means by which remote communities that are currently disconnected can organise in order to develop local solutions that allow them to access the internet. However, within such networks the gender gap is ever present. And it is on these two areas, community networks and the gender gap in technology, that grants have been focused by the Regional Fund for Digital Innovat...

The Cartagena de Indias Declaration and the importance of participation
The Cartagena de Indias Declaration and the importance of participation 10 May 2018

We resolve to adopt the Digital Agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean (eLAC2020); to foster the digital ecosystem and the potential of the Internet to promote the sustainable development of the region by driving the digital economy, pursuing stakeholder engagement in an Internet governance that protects privacy. These commitments are at the top of the list of resolutions established in the...

Participate in the new International Youth Internship Programme
Participate in the new International Youth Internship Programme 07 May 2018

Technology and communication at the heart of social change You would like to participate in an international internship with one of Alternatives’ partners. You want to advance Alternatives' and its allies’ work in the areas of social communications, information and communications technology (ICT), human rights and gender equality. You are dynamic, curious and eager to have a rewarding inter...

APC's subgranting programme benefits 16 members in 2018
APC's subgranting programme benefits 16 members in 2018 28 March 2018

APC’s subgranting programme, now in its third year, has so far awarded a total of USD 291,534 to support its members in achieving APC’s vision. Seventeen member organisations were recipients of 17 grants, 14 of which are project grants of up to USD 20,000 each, while the other three are research and campaign grants of up to USD 5,000 each. This last category of grants is still open for prop...

APC's subgranting programme benefits 18 members in 2017
APC's subgranting programme benefits 18 members in 2017 09 October 2017

APC’s subgranting programme in its second year awarded a total of USD 273,986 to support its members in achieving APC’s vision. Eighteen member organisations were recipients of 21 grants, 10 of which are project grants of up to USD 20,000 each, while the other 11 are research and campaign grants of up to USD 5,000 each. Funds were also used to support...

EXLILA: What is the state of internet freedoms in Latin America?
EXLILA: What is the state of internet freedoms in Latin America? 27 March 2016 APC

What is the state of internet freedoms in Latin America? That is the main question that our partners in Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Paraguay set out to answer, as part of the Examining Internet Freedoms in Latin America project. With their country reports, Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales (Mexico), Sulá Batsú (Costa Rica), Fundación Karisma (Colombia) and TEDIC (Paraguay) offer ...

Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America
Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America 06 July 2015

Implemented by APC in collaboration with Derechos Digitales, the Examinando la Libertad en Internet en Latinoamérica (EXLILA) project aims to analyse the state of internet freedoms in the region, to strengthen the capacities of NGOs, social movements and other civil society actors, as well as the actions of governments and the private sector, for the promotion and protection of internet rights...

Spectrum for broadband and broadcasting
Spectrum for broadband and broadcasting 27 February 2014

APC’s efforts to ensure affordable and equitable internet access focus significantly on radio spectrum. While use of wireless internet, particularly through mobile devices, is growing exponentially in the developing world, access to reliable and affordable broadband continues to be a challenge, especially for remote and rural locations. Open, development-oriented spectrum management has great...

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