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Gender and community networks: Candid reflections 10 years later
Gender and community networks: Candid reflections 10 years later 23 April 2018 Kathleen Diga

This monthly column series speaks to the research project: Local Access Networks: can the unconnected connect themselves?. This research explores the topic of self-managed infrastructure, from a community-run approach as well as opens up the understanding around community networks and their possible relationship with feminism and gender. The project plans to answer the research question on community networks: "What are the additional benefits to the local community in terms of well-being...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 4
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 4 28 March 2018

Categories 1. Get involved  [En español] Se encuentra abierto el período de consultas para la definición de temas de la agenda de la undécima versión del Foro de gobernanza de internet en LAC. Uno de los aspectos incluídos en la consulta pública para definir temas se relaciona a acceso: Mejores prácticas y experiencias en la operación de redes comunitarias. pueden ingresar a la consulta y priorizar este elemento de la agenda aquí. La participación en la consulta puede re...

Community networks: The internet by the people, for the people
Community networks: The internet by the people, for the people 09 March 2018 Various

This book reflects many of the ideas discussed by the members of the Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity (DC3) of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, between 2016 and 2017.  In 2015 the world made an important promise to itself. The United Nations set out 17 Global Goals – the Sustainable Development Goals – aimed at achieving extraordinary things in the next 15 years...

APC member Rhizomatica, winner of the Mozilla Off-the-Grid-Challenge
APC member Rhizomatica, winner of the Mozilla Off-the-Grid-Challenge 23 February 2018 APCNews

How do you connect the unconnected? Mozilla and the National Science Foundation posed this question to find innovative wireless technologies that connect people to the internet and to each other. One of the winners of the first round of the “Off-the-Grid Internet Challenge” is APC member Rhizomatica, who use technology, especially mobile, to facilitate development a...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 3
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 3 22 February 2018

Categories 1. Get involved  Call for book chapter proposals: Global Information Society Watch, ‘a space for collaborative monitoring or implementation of international (and national) commitments made by governments towards the creation of an inclusive information society’ will be releasing the 2018 annual issue under the topic ‘Community Networks’. A call for proposals for countr...

Network infrastructures: The commons model for local participation, governance and sustainability
Network infrastructures: The commons model for local participation, governance and sustainability 20 February 2018 Leandro Navarro

Network infrastructures provide connectivity, a critical resource for our digital lives, and are therefore key for social inclusion and public participation. There are many technical, economic and operational ways to provide internet connectivity. In this paper we describe a model to develop network infrastructure as common property, governed under the principles of common-pool resources. The ...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 2
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 2 13 January 2018

Categories 1. Get involved  In 2015, the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF)’s Best Practice Forum (BPF) on Gender investigated online abuse and gender-based violence [see the output report here], and in 2016 the BPF considered women’s meaningful access to the internet [see the output report here]. In 2017, the Gender BPF decided to delve deeper into access c...

Leveraging community networks to remedy exclusions in internet governance
Leveraging community networks to remedy exclusions in internet governance 02 December 2017 Alan Finlay, Mike Jensen, Roxana Bassi (APC) and Leandro Navarro (Pangea)

International internet governance spaces such as the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) are relevant for coordinating global actions, but the governance of the internet comes down to the local scope, where discussions and agreements must become specific and practical: about policies and regulation, about societal needs and planning, about priorities and what comes first, about local telecom...

Carlos Rey-Moreno joins APC to coordinate project on local access
Carlos Rey-Moreno joins APC to coordinate project on local access 01 December 2017

From the Amazonian jungle, to the Andean region, to African rural communities, Carlos Rey-Moreno has observed and been involved in many processes where local communities realised that they could benefit immensely from access to information and communications technology (ICT). But this was the first step; the next step was building the local conditions to use it for their own...

Perspectives on universal free access to online information in South Africa: Free public Wi-Fi and zero-rated content
Perspectives on universal free access to online information in South Africa: Free public Wi-Fi and zero-rated content 27 September 2017 This paper was prepared for APC by Applied Law & Technology Ltd, in collaboration with the South African National Editors’ Forum, Media Monitoring Africa, and the Interactive Advertising Bureau of South Africa

The ability to receive and impart information online, in particular through the internet, has become central to the exercise and enjoyment of fundamental human rights and freedoms. It enables people to engage in an array of learning experiences, build information and knowledge societies, foster public and private debate, establish organisations, and contribute to public interest innovation. Thr...

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