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Local Access: How communities are weaving connectivity to defend the environment and their rights
Local Access: How communities are weaving connectivity to defend the environment and their rights 29 September 2022 APCNews

Welcome to the 51st monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks and community-based initiatives.This month, we look at people shaping connectivity and communications technologies in support of other missing fundamental rights and much more.

Financing mechanisms for locally owned internet infrastructure
Financing mechanisms for locally owned internet infrastructure 22 September 2022 Jim Forster, Ben Matranga and Anoop Nagendra

A growing number of community networks and other community connectivity providers are connecting those who have historically been unserved or underserved by traditional internet service providers. This report analyses the operating models and financing mechanisms that can support their success.

Arrests mar Malawi’s digital rights landscape
Arrests mar Malawi’s digital rights landscape 19 September 2022 Jimmy Kainja

Recent instances of the use of state surveillance apparatus for repressive purposes and prosecutions, compounded by a lack of data and online privacy protections and low internet penetration and usage, have heightened fears that the country is regressing in terms of safeguarding online rights.

Seeding change: Communities mobilise open data to challenge oil industry pollution in Nigeria
Seeding change: Communities mobilise open data to challenge oil industry pollution in Nigeria 13 September 2022 Débora Prado

A groundbreaking project showcases how Nigerian communities are using low-cost, free technologies to monitor air pollution and stand up to hold the responsible accountable.

Report launch: Financing mechanisms for locally-owned internet infrastructure
Report launch: Financing mechanisms for locally-owned internet infrastructure 06 September 2022 APCNews

On 22 September at 14:00 UTC, join this online dialogue about an upcoming report focused on community connectivity providers – community networks, municipal networks and social enterprises building digital equity across the world. Register now.

Community Networks Schools and Mamaila Community Network win award for participatory design of information and communications technologies
Community Networks Schools and Mamaila Community Network win award for participatory design of information and communications technologies 31 August 2022 APCNews

In its 10th edition, the award is intended to recognise outstanding achievement in the area of participatory design of information and communications technologies.

Meet APC’s board of directors and what concerns them today
Meet APC’s board of directors and what concerns them today 24 August 2022 Gaurav Jain and Leila Nachawati Rego

Meet APC's board of directors, who were finally able to meet in person in Sitges, Spain, in June 2022 after a gap of two years. Each director shared insights about some of the most pressing issues they are facing in their respective contexts and local realities.

Local Access: Can community networks help people to harness the power of digital tools?
Local Access: Can community networks help people to harness the power of digital tools? 24 August 2022 APCNews

Welcome to the 50th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks and community-based initiatives. This month, we look at innovative community-centred connectivity models that enable communication while strengthening self-determination, and much more.

How the economically marginalised navigate digital adoption in India amid the pandemic
How the economically marginalised navigate digital adoption in India amid the pandemic 23 August 2022 Vaishnavi and Anish Mishra

The push for digitisation during the pandemic – whether for health management or to keep daily activities going amid lockdowns – deepened the digital divide in India, since escalated digital adoption without adequate policy protections can exclude the already marginalised even more.

Data and online privacy under attack in Southern Africa: Showcasing the will and commitment of those fighting
Data and online privacy under attack in Southern Africa: Showcasing the will and commitment of those fighting 18 August 2022 Frederico Links

African internet users remain resilient in the face of all manner of state-sponsored and private tech-enabled cyber threats and obstacles, and civil society actors continue to raise and amplify their voices even as spaces for free expression, online and offline, are squeezed tighter and tighter.

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