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APC members in 2017: Rhizomatica and AlterMundi train indigenous communicators in Mexico
APC members in 2017: Rhizomatica and AlterMundi train indigenous communicators in Mexico 29 September 2018 Rhizomatica and AlterMundi

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. Between October 2016 and May 2017, the first edition of the Diploma Course for Community Promoters in Telecommunications and Broadcasting was held in Mexico. Two member organisations of APC collaborated in this process: Rhizomatica, who taught the community cellular networks module, and AlterMundi, who led the module on wireless internet networks. The coordination for th...

APC members in 2017: Nupef Institute launches collaborative multilingual website on spectrum usage policies and practices
APC members in 2017: Nupef Institute launches collaborative multilingual website on spectrum usage policies and practices 29 September 2018 Nupef Institute

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. The Nupef Institute supports the implementation of community networks in areas lacking internet access, both through the deployment of networks in regions that are not accessible (such as the Marohao communities in Maranhão where Nupef operated through 2017), and through the circulation of information on the dynamic use of spectrum. The spectrum site gathers information, documentation and learning m...

APC members in 2017: Kéfir cooks up autonomous feminist networks
APC members in 2017: Kéfir cooks up autonomous feminist networks 28 September 2018 Kéfir

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. In 2017, along with its Latin American transhackfeminist allies Vedetas and Periféricas, Kéfir started dismantling the patriarchal structures of the internet in the "Autonomous Feminist Networks" lab which took place during the EncontrADA 2017 technologies and ancestral knowledge gathering in Serrinh...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 10
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 10 28 September 2018 APCNews

Welcome to the tenth monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Get involved The call for contributions to the 2018 work of the IGF Best Practice Forum (BPF) on Gender and Access is now open. Please feel free to disseminate this call to any relevant contacts and networks. This year, the BPF is exploring the impact of initiatives that support/develop alternative ...

Women's digital inclusion: Background paper for the G20
Women's digital inclusion: Background paper for the G20 27 September 2018 Anri van der Spuy and David Souter

Women20 (W20) emerged after the G20 summit that took place in Australia in 2014. It is one of the key G20 engagement groups and it supports the promotion of gender-inclusive economic growth, with the aim of promoting efforts advanced by the international community in the areas of women's economic and social participation and their financial inclusion and education. W20 works each year producing...

Changes in the telecoms landscape and their implications for universal, affordable access to communication in Africa
Changes in the telecoms landscape and their implications for universal, affordable access to communication in Africa 26 September 2018 APCNews

What are the most relevant changes in the telecommunications landscape and their implications for achieving universal, affordable access to communication in Africa? This was the main focus of a workshop organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Communications Regulators’ Association of Southern Africa (CRASA) on 9 September 2018. Held as a pre-event to the 201...

How did APC contribute to change in 2017? Our annual report is out!
How did APC contribute to change in 2017? Our annual report is out! 25 September 2018 FF

2017 was a year of transition for APC. This is something that speaks very positively of the health and vibrancy of a nearly 30-year-old network. As Bishakha Datta, chair of APC's board of directors, puts it in her introduction: “Access. Rights. A Feminist Internet. Governance. Use and Development. Community. (Or FAIR and GUD-C, as I affectionately acronymised them for myself.) These are the p...

APC members in 2017: CITAD urges governments to equip female schools with ICT facilities and internet access in Nigeria
APC members in 2017: CITAD urges governments to equip female schools with ICT facilities and internet access in Nigeria 25 September 2018 CITAD

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. As the entry examination for tertiary education institutions becomes fully computer-based in Nigeria, most girls' secondary schools in Kano state still do not have computer laboratories or internet access. Research conducted by the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) on a sample of...

APC members in 2017: ALIN promotes access to information in remote areas of Kenya
APC members in 2017: ALIN promotes access to information in remote areas of Kenya 24 September 2018 ALIN

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. Arid Lands Information Network's (ALIN’s) innovative approach to information and communications technologies (ICTs) and knowledge management received a boost in 2017 when it deployed a Community Education, Business and Information Centre (CEBIC) in Samburu County, Kenya. The Low Emission and Climate R...

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 elect...

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