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Closer than ever: Keeping our movements connected and inclusive – The Association for Progressive Communications' response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Closer than ever: Keeping our movements connected and inclusive – The Association for Progressive Communications' response to the COVID-19 pandemic 07 April 2020

This position paper outlines APC's current thinking on the pandemic. It identifies several key, interrelated issues that require attention by governments, the private sector and civil society.

Comments on the draft 2020-2024 spectrum policy in Colombia
Comments on the draft 2020-2024 spectrum policy in Colombia 02 July 2020 Colnodo

Most of the spectrum sharing to date has focused on TV white spaces, and extending it to the IMT bands, those used for mobile broadband, and hence being able to reach users' handsets, is a major advance in the advocacy work that Colnodo has been leading in Colombia for this to happen.

Community Networks Stories: ComunicArte gathering in Colombia fosters mutual learning among peers
Community Networks Stories: ComunicArte gathering in Colombia fosters mutual learning among peers 01 July 2020 Colnodo

The five-day event combined workshops in Popayán, where representatives of community networks from throughout the region shared experiences and knowledge with the others, and a day-trip visit to the RedINC community network in the municipality of Buenos Aires, Cauca.

Joint submission to the Ethiopian Communications Authority on draft telecommunications licensing regulations
Joint submission to the Ethiopian Communications Authority on draft telecommunications licensing regulations 30 June 2020 Various

On 17 June 2020, APC collaborated with other organisations to submit a contribution to the draft Telecommunications Licensing Directive No. 1/2020. In the contribution, we recommend the Ethiopian Communications Authority consider international recommendations, as well as best practices in other countries both regionally and globally.

Upholding human rights online in the context of COVID-19: APC statement at the 44th session of the Human Rights Council
Upholding human rights online in the context of COVID-19: APC statement at the 44th session of the Human Rights Council 29 June 2020 APC

APC submits this written statement ahead of the Human Rights Council's 44th session to express our concerns about the online human rights implications of states’ measures adopted to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Community Networks Stories: Knowledge and experience sharing among networks brings the spirit of teamwork and the power of collaboration
Community Networks Stories: Knowledge and experience sharing among networks brings the spirit of teamwork and the power of collaboration 26 June 2020 ASORCOM

Alternative Solutions for Rural Communities (ASORCOM) in Myanmar believes that building a community network is not just about internet connectivity, but also working with the community, building trust, providing support and sharing skills for their sustainable development.

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.

Community Networks Stories: Facilitating technical learning and livelihood opportunities for young men and women on a remote island in the DRC
Community Networks Stories: Facilitating technical learning and livelihood opportunities for young men and women on a remote island in the DRC 18 June 2020 Ensemble Pour la Différence

By employing and training three technologists on Idjwi to take on a more active role in the management and technical development of the network, Ensemble was able to bolster community ownership of the network and enhance the skills, expertise and quality of life of this group of young people.

Community Networks Stories: Servelots uses community mesh radio to demystify technology through storytelling
Community Networks Stories: Servelots uses community mesh radio to demystify technology through storytelling 16 June 2020 Servelots

Published writing, sound recording, and most recently video are common manifestations of the same elemental impulse to speak and be heard – and to listen to what others have to say. The internet has proven to be a quickly adopted platform to amplify and democratise these media.

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.

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