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Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Why do communities decide to build their own communications networks?
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Why do communities decide to build their own communications networks? 02 April 2020

The research report "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South" explores the benefits of, and challenges facing, projects of this kind. This week we explore the motivations for establishing community networks.

Coconet: Fighting the COVID-19 "infodemic" in the Asia-Pacific region
Coconet: Fighting the COVID-19 "infodemic" in the Asia-Pacific region 01 April 2020 Sara Pacia for Coconet

While governments and health workers worldwide are focused on combating the COVID-19 pandemic, they are also busy fighting another related pandemic that cuts across all sectors of society: a massive “infodemic” equally as wide-reaching and harmful.

Body & Data: Privacy in the pandemic
Body & Data: Privacy in the pandemic 28 March 2020 Body & Data

The coronavirus pandemic isn’t a purely medical issue, it entangles all aspects of human lives, including our privacy, protection and dignity.

Digital Rights Monitor: Coronavirus crisis highlights digital divide in Pakistan
Digital Rights Monitor: Coronavirus crisis highlights digital divide in Pakistan 27 March 2020 Hija Kamran

COVID-19 is revealing the extent of the digital divide in Pakistan, and it has resulted in Pakistanis mobilizing on Twitter to demand affordable and accessible Internet services.

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Meet the community networks studied during the research
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Meet the community networks studied during the research 26 March 2020

The research report "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South" explores the benefits of, and challenges facing, small-scale, community-based connectivity projects. Here we look at the initiatives studied.

Digital Rights Monitor: How governments are using tech for coronavirus awareness, in Pakistan and beyond
Digital Rights Monitor: How governments are using tech for coronavirus awareness, in Pakistan and beyond 25 March 2020 Waqas Naeem

As governments around the world attempt to flatten the curve of coronavirus cases, authorities appear to be looking towards technology for support. Chatbots, online dashboards, and mobile caller tunes are some of the digital strategies put on display by officials to raise awareness around Covid-19.

EngageMedia responding to COVID-19
EngageMedia responding to COVID-19 20 March 2020 Andrew Lowenthal from EngageMedia

We at EngageMedia have been busy ensuring the safety of our staff and affiliates in the countries we work in: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Australia. This has included closing our offices and shifting to a fully remote setup, which fortunately has mostly been our default since we began in 2005. 

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Why is research on community networks necessary?
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Why is research on community networks necessary? 18 March 2020

The research report "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South" explores the benefits of, and challenges facing, small-scale, community-based connectivity projects. Here we look at the motivations behind the research.

APC member organisation EngageMedia celebrates 15 years of digital rights, video for change, and open technology
APC member organisation EngageMedia celebrates 15 years of digital rights, video for change, and open technology 13 March 2020 EngageMedia

Fifteen years ago, two youngsters met in a small house in Melbourne with the idea to build an online space for social issue documentaries from the Asia-Pacific. Today, the idea may seem a little banal. But the internet is no longer the free and open space it once was.

CNX 2019 Report: Community Networks and the Internet of People
CNX 2019 Report: Community Networks and the Internet of People 12 March 2020 Ritu Srivastava, Saurabh Srivastva and Kriti Singh

This report presents an overview of the third edition of the Community Network Exchange (CNX) held in December 2019. The three-day summit in southern India brought together practitioners of community networks and community radio stations from 12 countries in Asia and South America.

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