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APC resource kit: Preparing for RightsCon 2023
APC resource kit: Preparing for RightsCon 2023 24 May 2023 Gaurav Jain

This year's RightsCon will be held from 5-8 June in Costa Rica and online, where APC will focus on the themes of gender and sexuality, climate and environmental justice and gender-responsive cybersecurity. Here is our resource kit of knowledge, research and recommended readings to help us all prepare to engage with each other at this event.

Community networks newsletter: New podcast traces community connectivity around the world
Community networks newsletter: New podcast traces community connectivity around the world 24 May 2023 APCNews

We are happy to announce the launch of the Routing for Communities podcast on 1 June. With 12 episodes, this podcast will be a journey to listen to the life stories of those connecting themselves while defending the fundamental rights and well-being of their communities.

Failure and Promise: Anecdotes from the field on updating Universal Service Funds policies
Failure and Promise: Anecdotes from the field on updating Universal Service Funds policies 23 May 2023 Senka Hadzic and Jane Coffin

Many governments have established funds dedicated to expanding connectivity to underserved communities, so-called Universal Service Funds (USFs) or Universal Service and Access Funds (USAFs).  The purpose of the paper is to examine advocacy efforts led by civil society in selected countries that have led to systemic changes in local policies and regulations, with a specific focus on the us...

Rural digital transformation in Sekgosese: Overcoming connectivity challenges and developing digital skills
Rural digital transformation in Sekgosese: Overcoming connectivity challenges and developing digital skills 10 May 2023 Neo Magoro

Drawing on the lessons and experiences from the Mamaila Community Network, traditional leaders, local entrepreneurs, community members and academics discussed the role of community networks as complementary solutions to commercial internet service providers in bridging the digital divide in underserved areas such as Sekgosese (South Africa). 

Capacity building as a sustainability strategy for community networks
Capacity building as a sustainability strategy for community networks 09 May 2023 Josephine Miliza

Capacity building is critical to the sustainability of a community network for several reasons. Discover some of them in this piece written by Josephine Miliza for APC member organisation KICTANet.

Interview with Julián Casasbuenas: “Presenting at spaces like the GDC will help change minds that commercial telcos will connect all of humanity”
Interview with Julián Casasbuenas: “Presenting at spaces like the GDC will help change minds that commercial telcos will connect all of humanity” 27 April 2023 Maja Romano

Colombia-based APC member Colnodo presented a statement at the Global Digital Compact thematic deep dive event on digital inclusion and connectivity. We spoke with Julián Casasbuenas about their experiences with community networks and civil society participation in the GDC process.

Community networks newsletter: Building collective knowledge together
Community networks newsletter: Building collective knowledge together 27 April 2023 APCNews

In this edition, we celebrate the people and initiatives building collective knowledge together, such as the Community Network Seedbeds taking place in Argentina, and a series of manuals created from the collaboration among community network practitioners in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

APC statement to the Global Digital Compact Thematic Deep-Dive session on digital inclusion and connectivity
APC statement to the Global Digital Compact Thematic Deep-Dive session on digital inclusion and connectivity 25 April 2023 APC

In its statement, APC highlighted inclusive participation of communities in policy making, consideration of alternative solutions to connectivity that prioritise local and community-led responses, and a multistakeholder approach with differentiated roles and responsibilities.

Manuals from communities of practice: A series to support community networks
Manuals from communities of practice: A series to support community networks 25 April 2023 Various

These five manuals are the result of communities of practice that brought together community network practitioners from diverse countries. They aim to support community networks on key issues such as solar energy, circular economies, bamboo infrastructure and more. 

Derechos Digitales statement to the Global Digital Compact Thematic Deep-Dive session on digital inclusion and connectivity
Derechos Digitales statement to the Global Digital Compact Thematic Deep-Dive session on digital inclusion and connectivity 19 April 2023 Derechos Digitales

In its statement to the Thematic Deep-Dive session organised to gather input for the Global Digital Compact, APC member organisation Derechos Digitales outlines a series of factors that must be taken into account in any attempts to increase digital inclusion and connectivity.

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