Internet Society (ISOC)

The Internet Society is a global cause-driven organisation with offices around the world, governed by a diverse Board of Trustees that is dedicated to ensuring that the internet stays open, transparent and defined by users. While the Internet Society is not a membership-driven organisation, it has a growing number of members and chapters that have chosen to join the Internet Society to share its mission and to promote the open development, evolution and use of the internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world. In 2012, ISOC provided APC with travel funds to support the participation of African civil society in the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). In 2013 and 2016 ISOC supported the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG).

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 time for the reopening of the WiFi4EU grant application portal will be 7 November. The reopening of ...

Launch of the 2018 GISWatch report on community networks: The many ways to "do-it-yourself" to end digital exclusion
Launch of the 2018 GISWatch report on community networks: The many ways to "do-it-yourself" to end digital exclusion 15 November 2018 APCNews

On 13 November, APC held its official launch of the 2018 edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Paris. Moderated by APC’s Kathleen Diga with statements from Chat Garcia Ramilo and Valeria Betancourt, the session brought together many of the authors who contributed to the report, which was themed this year on community-owned networks for the provision of physical communications infrastructure. It is a comprehensive collection containi...

Launch of the 2018 edition of GISWatch on community networks at the IGF
Launch of the 2018 edition of GISWatch on community networks at the IGF 08 November 2018

Like every year, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be the venue where the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) launches the new edition of its annual publication Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch). This year, the theme of the report is community networks, understood as “communication networks built, owned, operated and used by citizens in a participatory and open m...

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...

Who can still doubt the capacity of community networks to provide universal access?
Who can still doubt the capacity of community networks to provide universal access? 11 September 2018 APCNews

"There was a massive storm during the night, and signals from all operators were off when we woke up. And yet, internet from Zenzeleni is still up and running. Who can still doubt the capacity of community networks to provide universal access?"  This was the message shared by Carlos Rey-Moreno, coordinator of APC's Local Access Networks project, during the Third Su...

Third Summit on Community Networks in Africa to take place in Eastern Cape
Third Summit on Community Networks in Africa to take place in Eastern Cape 01 September 2018 APCNews

Community networks have existed for many years. They provide a sustainable solution to address connectivity gaps in urban and rural areas around the world. In Africa, where these gaps are more evident, a recent survey was able to identify 37 community network initiatives in 12 African countries. To promote the creation and growth of these networks, the Third Summit on Community Networks in...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 9
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 9 30 August 2018

Welcome to the ninth monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Call for grants OpenCellular Grants (OCG) is a programme to fund, promote and accelerate the non-commercial development and non-traditional deployment of OpenCellular (OC) in rural areas where access to cellular is limited due to availability of service, price of service or limited consumer demand. ...

Community networks and the art of the tightrope walker: Challenges, achievements and experiences that go beyond access
Community networks and the art of the tightrope walker: Challenges, achievements and experiences that go beyond access 06 August 2018 APCNews

During the second day of the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum (LACIGF) in Buenos Aires, Valeria Betancourt, Director of APC’s Communications and Information Policy Programme, moderated a panel of experts dealing with the theme of "Challenges, achievements and experiences of community network management in Latin America." The panel included Lilian Chamorro from Co...

Gender and community networks: Building a movement around community networks and gender equality
Gender and community networks: Building a movement around community networks and gender equality 02 August 2018 Nic Bidwell and Kathleen Diga

The international consultation spaces are being used to advocate and push for complementary approaches to internet provision to the dominant paradigm of mobile operators meeting this need. Community networks (CNs) are being rationalised and grouped as the latest of social movements, where a group of committed institutions and individuals are collectively working towards alternative telecom mech...

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