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Women and community networks in Africa
Women and community networks in Africa 23 January 2019 APCNews

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have been universally acknowledged as enablers for socio economic development. However, women in Africa still face large barriers in terms of access and capacity to benefit from the use of these technologies, especially women living in rural areas. In the words of Nicola Bidwell, Professor of Computer Science at Namibia's International University of Management and Gender and Social Impact adviser for APC's community-based connec...

Community Networks Learning Grants: Connecting the Unconnected
Community Networks Learning Grants: Connecting the Unconnected 17 January 2019

Community Networks Learning Grants – Connecting the unconnected “Connecting the unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives” is a project by APC in partnership with Rhizomatica that aims to directly support the work of community networks, with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The initiative intends to contribute to an enabling ecosystem for the emergence and growth of community-based co...

Internet shutdowns in Africa: "It is like being cut off from the world"
Internet shutdowns in Africa: "It is like being cut off from the world" 16 January 2019 APCNews

On 11 January, while researching the current wave of internet shutdowns in Africa, we contacted our Harare-based colleague Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha, coordinator of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms project, to get his insights. He responded three days later: "Sorry for the delay, I was experiencing outages myself. Zimbabwe is on shutdown." Throughout the African continent...

Human rights impacts of taxing popular internet services: The cases of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
Human rights impacts of taxing popular internet services: The cases of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda 02 January 2019 Justine Limpitlaw

This paper focuses on recent initiatives in three countries (Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania) to “tax” the internet through introducing excise duties on, essentially, internet access and/or use. The East African focus was not intentional, as these kinds of taxation initiatives are occurring in a number of regions in Africa. However, these are countries that have made actual legal enactments (whe...

What's new on the spectrum? An enlightening journey to discover Santiago Nuyoó's community network
What's new on the spectrum? An enlightening journey to discover Santiago Nuyoó's community network 21 December 2018 Adriana Labardini Inzunza

For the sixth edition of our spectrum series, we are sharing the story of Adriana Labardini Inzunza's journey to the remote community of Santiago Nuyoó, Oaxaca, with Mexico's under-minister of information and communication technology (ICT), Salma Jalife, Rhizomatica's Peter Bloom, and Elisa Castillo of Telecomunicaciones Indígenas Comunitarias A.C. Adri...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 13
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 13 20 December 2018

Welcome to the 13th round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. APC is hiring APC is looking for both individuals and organisations to join the new “Connecting the unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives” project. There are six positions available. The deadline to submit applications is 2 January 2019. Read ...

APC communiqué: Employment and funding opportunities for strengthening community networks and local access
APC communiqué: Employment and funding opportunities for strengthening community networks and local access 19 December 2018

Several positions have been announced simultaneously for individuals and organisations to be part of the new “Connecting the unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives” project. The Association for Progressive Communications is pleased to announce the positions for individuals and call for organisations to be part of a new project. “Conne...

What's new on the spectrum? "With flexibility and creativity, spectrum can be used efficiently": A discussion with Karla Velasco Ramos and Erick Huerta
What's new on the spectrum? "With flexibility and creativity, spectrum can be used efficiently": A discussion with Karla Velasco Ramos and Erick Huerta 05 December 2018

For our fifth interview in the spectrum series, we spoke with Karla Velasco Ramos and Erick Huerta, who both do extensive work on community network advocacy and development in Mexico. Erick is the assistant general coordinator and Karla is the international area coordinator at Redes por la Diversidad, Equidad y Sustentabilidad A.C. (Redes A.C.), a civil society organisation focused on indigenou...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 12
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 12 29 November 2018

Welcome to the 12th round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Calls for grants The GSMA launched a new Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity, aimed at expanding digital inclusion through innovative new technology solutions for connecting unserved rural communities in Uganda and Ghana. Read more. The European Commission (EC) has announced that the date and ...

What's new on the spectrum? "The tide is changing": Exploring spectrum regulation and access with Carlos Rey-Moreno and Steve Song
What's new on the spectrum? "The tide is changing": Exploring spectrum regulation and access with Carlos Rey-Moreno and Steve Song 28 November 2018 APCNews

For the fourth interview in the spectrum series, we spoke with Dr Carlos Rey-Moreno and Steve Song. Carlos is a member of APC’s staff and a telecommunications engineer with a background in development studies. Carlos has been involved in rural connectivity projects in underserved areas for more than 10 years, initially with the Enlace Hispano Americano de Salud (EHAS) Foundation in Latin Amer...

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