Latin America & the Caribbean

Community Networks Stories: When internet access goes beyond service provision to become a community-managed common good
Community Networks Stories: When internet access goes beyond service provision to become a community-managed common good 24 June 2020 IBEBrasil

It’s sometimes difficult to see changes in the short term, but it is undeniable that internet access as a common good made a big difference in these Brazilian communities who have control over their own infrastructure.

Brazilian disinformation bill threatens freedom of expression and privacy online
Brazilian disinformation bill threatens freedom of expression and privacy online 24 June 2020 Various

APC and other regional and global civil society organisations call on Brazilian legislators to reject the latest version of the bill and open a participatory discussion on how to respond to the challenges of disinformation while respecting Brazil’s international human rights commitments.

Community Networks Stories: Coolab Camp, an immersive, collaborative event for learning about hardware, software and care
Community Networks Stories: Coolab Camp, an immersive, collaborative event for learning about hardware, software and care 11 June 2020 Coolab

The “camp” format was chosen because of the fundamental role of human relations in the development of a community network, which is why we decided to make it a “barefoot” event, an immersive event, where we slept and woke up together over the course of several days, sharing and learning.

Protocol for Accompanying Community Network Deployments in Social Isolation Scenarios
Protocol for Accompanying Community Network Deployments in Social Isolation Scenarios 26 May 2020 AlterMundi

In the current scenario of social isolation, the network deployment work stages have been adapted through this specific protocol that guarantees the recommendations for social distancing and prevention of COVID-19.

Community Networks Stories: On the road to building internet access for all, why not take our children with us?
Community Networks Stories: On the road to building internet access for all, why not take our children with us? 26 May 2020 AlterMundi

For some time now, AlterMundi has been looking for ways to include children in their activities, both because of family dynamics and also because of how enjoyable it can be to share these experiences with children and the collective growth that can come out of them.

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What can we learn from the research to make advocacy for community networks more effective?
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What can we learn from the research to make advocacy for community networks more effective? 14 May 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 look at the recommendations that emerged from the research.

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What is stopping community networks from reaching their full potential?
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What is stopping community networks from reaching their full potential? 08 May 2020

The 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 look at impediments to the realisation of the benefits of community networks.

Understanding community networks through comics
Understanding community networks through comics 07 May 2020 Carla Jancz, Helena Prado and Thais Jussim

Explaining concepts in a language that brings them closer to people and their realities is a form of resistance to the hegemonic and patriarchal language in which technology is often taught.

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What are the local and global benefits offered by community networks?
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What are the local and global benefits offered by community networks? 30 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 look at the wide range of benefits these networks offer.

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Institutional models adopted by community networks
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Institutional models adopted by community networks 23 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 look at the different institutional models of the networks studied.

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