Access

Free spectrum and freedom of expression in the 21st century
Free spectrum and freedom of expression in the 21st century 21 September 2018 Adriano Belisário

Based on a review of the basic concepts regarding electromagnetic spectrum and its management, this article explores a few differences between the notions of “free spectrum” and “open spectrum” in order to understand some challenges related to freedom of expression in the 21st century. [1] The spectrum, invisible Today, it is difficult to imagine something more ubiquitous than the electromagnetic spectrum. It is literally everywhere. Not only in the space that surrounds us. The spectr...

Descolonizar la gobernanza de internet
Descolonizar la gobernanza de internet 03 September 2018 Mariana Fossatti

En los últimos cinco años, los reportes sobre conectividad en el mundo muestran impresionantes avances: los informes de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT) registran un aumento del 9% y del 20% anual de las suscripciones a banda ancha fija y móvil respectivamente, y este crecimiento es más fuerte aún en el sur global. A la vez, conforme avanzan los niveles de acceso a la red, aumenta la preocupación por la brecha digital persistente. Con un 51% de la población con acce...

Decolonising internet governance
Decolonising internet governance 03 September 2018 Mariana Fossatti

In the last five years, reports on connectivity around the world show remarkable progress: those of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recorded a year-on-year increase of 9% and 20%, respectively, in fixed and mobile broadband subscriptions, while this growth is even stronger in the global South. However, as levels of access to the internet increase, there is growing concern about ...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 9
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 9 30 August 2018

Welcome to the ninth monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Call for grants OpenCellular Grants (OCG) is a programme to fund, promote and accelerate the non-commercial development and non-traditional deployment of OpenCellular (OC) in rural areas where access to cellular is limited due to availability of service, price of service or limited consumer demand. ...

Funding models for community-based internet service providers
Funding models for community-based internet service providers 17 August 2018 Adriano Belisário, Bruno Vianna, Hiure Queiroz and Thiago Novaes

Brazil still has a wide digital divide: more than 30% of households are not connected to the internet. According to a recent research study, the lack of experience in using technology and the high prices imposed by companies are amongst the main reasons why households are disconnected. Most of those with no access live in the countryside – less than half of households in rural areas are conne...

#KeepitOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Ethiopia
#KeepitOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Ethiopia 08 August 2018 KeepItOn Coalition

Re: Internet shutdown in Eastern Ethiopia Your Excellency, We are writing to urgently request that you ensure the stability and openness of the internet. We have received reports that your government has shut down the internet in Jijiga, Dire Dawa, and Harar cities in Ethiopia. On behalf of the more than 150 organizations from over 50 countries that make up the #KeepitOn Coalition, we implore ...

Action Steps: A decade of civil society advocacy in the information society - A baseline review of the Global Information Society Watch country reports (2007-2017)
Action Steps: A decade of civil society advocacy in the information society - A baseline review of the Global Information Society Watch country reports (2007-2017) 06 August 2018 Alan Finlay

The purpose of this review was to look back over the past decade of country reports published in Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) and attempt to identify trends in civil society perspectives on what needed to be done to create a people-centred information society. The period for analysis was, more accurately, just over a decade: 2007-2017, during which a GISWatch report was produced ...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 8
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 8 26 July 2018

Welcome to the eighth monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Get involved  Fellowship for IETF 103, 3-9 November 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. Read more.   Fellowships for the 3rd Summit of Community Networks, 2-7 September 2018 in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Read more. Call for resources for the IGF Dynamic Coalition on Community Conne...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 7
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 7 27 June 2018

Welcome to the seventh monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Get involved If you are interested in being part of a movement for more transparency in the telecom sector through open data policies and practice, please join the discussion forum at Open Telecom Data. Read more in the discussion piece by Steve Song here and a follow-up podcast interview here.&...

The international perspective of connecting the unconnected
The international perspective of connecting the unconnected 19 June 2018 Karla Velasco Ramos

You are probably reading this right now either from your phone, tablet or laptop, with an average speed of 2 Mbps (at least, and even more than 10 Mbps if you are in the USA, Canada or Europe) and you most likely feel frustrated every time you cannot load a webpage. Trust me, I can relate.  But what would you do if I told you that you are part of the 47% of people that are privileged enoug...

« Go back