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Digital Rights Monitor: Coronavirus crisis highlights digital divide in Pakistan
Digital Rights Monitor: Coronavirus crisis highlights digital divide in Pakistan 27 March 2020 Hija Kamran

This article was originally published on the website of Digital Rights Monitor, an initiative of Media Matters for Democracy, an APC member organisation in Pakistan.   As Pakistan deals with the constantly increasing number of coronavirus cases with each passing day, this pandemic is also revealing societal imbalance that advocates of digital rights have been talking about for years. Where the government is slowly moving towards implementing lockdown across most of the country and encour...

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Meet the community networks studied during the research
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Meet the community networks studied during the research 26 March 2020

The research publication "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South", authored by Nicola J. Bidwell and Michael Jensen and launched in 2019, studied the benefits of, and challenges facing, small-scale, community-based connectivity projects. The report presented the findings gathered through visits to 12 rural community networks in the global South, in addition to information on a number of others compiled through...

May First Movement Technology: Statement on the coronavirus situation
May First Movement Technology: Statement on the coronavirus situation 20 March 2020 May First Movement Technology

This statement was originally published on the website of APC member organisation May First Movement Technology.  The Corona Virus outbreak has become a major concern for people globally. Not surprisingly, movements for fundamental change reflect this. Announcements of suspended, postponed or cancelled events (including major conferences) are increasing daily. If the trend continues, our ...

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Why is research on community networks necessary?
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Why is research on community networks necessary? 18 March 2020

The research publication "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South", authored by Nicola J. Bidwell and Michael Jensen and launched in 2019, studied the benefits of, and challenges facing, small-scale, community-based connectivity projects. The ultimate goal of the research was to contribute to creating a more enab...

CNX 2019 Report: Community Networks and the Internet of People
CNX 2019 Report: Community Networks and the Internet of People 12 March 2020 Ritu Srivastava, Saurabh Srivastva and Kriti Singh

In December 2019, the third edition of the Community Network Exchange (CNX) took place in India. Over 50 people from 12 countries across Asia and South America met for a three-day summit, and this report provides an overview of the agenda, objectives and context of the event. The purpose of the CNX is for practitioners of community networks and community radio stations to discuss...

Telecommunications Reclaimed: A hands-on guide to networking communities
Telecommunications Reclaimed: A hands-on guide to networking communities 18 February 2020 Various (Edited by Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay and Félix Tréguer, CNRS)

This book is a guide on how to build a community network, a shared local telecommunications infrastructure, managed as a commons, to access the internet and other digital communications services. It was written collectively by a group of community network pioneers in Europe, activists and researchers during a writing residency week held in Vic, Catalonia in October 2018. It was a time of hard w...

 APC joins call urging Google to take action against exploitative mobile apps
APC joins call urging Google to take action against exploitative mobile apps 13 January 2020 APCNews

On 8 January 2020, Privacy International issued an open letter to Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., asking Google to “take action against exploitative pre-installed software on Android devices.” The letter is both a caution and a call to action against exploitation of smartphone users by manufacturers who put profit over privacy by pre-installing apps, known as “b...

Meet the projects funded by catalytic intervention grants to create a more sustainable community network environment
Meet the projects funded by catalytic intervention grants to create a more sustainable community network environment 05 December 2019 APCNews

Catalytic intervention grants aim to support a more sustainable community network environment. To create such an environment, we have to explore ways to overcome the isolation of local community networks, improve their access to spectrum, actively foster their diversity and provide solutions for their resilience (e.g. alternative energy) as well as technological innovation. These grants are par...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 23
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 23 07 November 2019

Welcome to the 23rd monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. We have created a new platform for community networks to share our experiences and grow together. Please join us at https://communitynetworks.group/  1. Events and conferences [En español] El 30 de noviembre y 1 de diciembre se realizará la Primera Cumbre Argentina de Redes Comunitarias en C...

Save the date! Disco-tech 2019 on the environmental impact of ICTs
Save the date! Disco-tech 2019 on the environmental impact of ICTs 01 November 2019

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and partners are hosting their ninth Disco-tech event in conjunction with the 2019 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin, on the evening of 26 November. We invite you to join us for this peer-learning event about utilising the potential of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in strategies to mitigate and adap...

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