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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.

Youth views almost not taken seriously during ITU’s WTDC-22
Youth views almost not taken seriously during ITU’s WTDC-22 17 August 2022 Arsène Tungali

The 2022 Generation Connect Global Youth Summit took place on the sidelines of the 2022 World Telecommunication Development Conference, organised by the International Telecommunication Union and held in Kigali, Rwanda.

Seeding change: Rhizomatica’s high frequency radio showcases the power of communication in remote regions of the Amazon
Seeding change: Rhizomatica’s high frequency radio showcases the power of communication in remote regions of the Amazon 11 August 2022 Maja Romano

Imagine you are in the middle of the Amazon rain forest. There is no mobile coverage or internet access. The long distances and rugged landscapes make communication highly challenging. These communities are precisely the ones Rhizomatica aims to support when building new technologies that connect people.

Academia and digital activism: Ibase, APC, RNP and Tadao Takahashi
Academia and digital activism: Ibase, APC, RNP and Tadao Takahashi 03 August 2022 Carlos Afonso

This article by APC founder Carlos Afonso, now the director of Brazilian APC member Nupef, is both a tribute to recently deceased Brazilian internet pioneer Tadao Takahashi and a fascinating glimpse into some key chapters in the early history (and prehistory) of APC.

A case for community networks
A case for community networks 01 August 2022 Shafali Jain

Internet user growth is slowing and varied attempts to address the problem of access – through traditional telecom models, private sector initiatives, state-led measures, philanthropy – have met with limited success. We must rethink how networks are built, owned, operated and utilised, and empowering local communities is key to this.

Supporting public policy frameworks for community-led approaches to addressing digital infrastructure needs in Cameroon
Supporting public policy frameworks for community-led approaches to addressing digital infrastructure needs in Cameroon 01 August 2022

The aim of this project is to build local capacity to catalyse more affordable and inclusive connectivity for underserved or excluded communities in low-income rural, urban and peri-urban areas. It aims to highlight the identified needs for changes to national and local regulations in order to help create an enabling environment for these complementary models, such as community networks.

Local Access: Women cultivating community networks
Local Access: Women cultivating community networks 28 July 2022 APCNews

Welcome to the 49th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks and community-based initiatives. In this edition, find out more about women's engagement in community networks in Africa and much more.

An indignant and idealistic young radio jockey in India empowers herself and others through community radio
An indignant and idealistic young radio jockey in India empowers herself and others through community radio 27 July 2022 Sarbani Banerjee Belur and Saisudha Sugavanam

Discover what the story of 28-year-old Shibani tells us about the women weaving connections and finding self-expression through community radio stations in India.

Inside the Digital Society: What impact has COVID had in practice?
Inside the Digital Society: What impact has COVID had in practice? 20 July 2022 David Souter

Two years ago, the assumption was that the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns would have lasting impacts on digitalisation – that they would accelerate the process by which offline turned to online, increase its pace and shift the way we do things towards digital alternatives. But has this happened as much as was expected?

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