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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.

SMEX: We demand Ministry of Telecommunications open the fixed and mobile internet capacity and reduce prices during the COVID-19 crisis
SMEX: We demand Ministry of Telecommunications open the fixed and mobile internet capacity and reduce prices during the COVID-19 crisis 27 March 2020 SMEX

The Lebanese government announced on 12 March that Ogero, the national internet service provider (ISP), will double the speed and capacity for users until the end of April, but it did not clarify whether the decision includes other privately owned ISPs.

"We would like to know how to use that... smartphone"
"We would like to know how to use that... smartphone" 09 March 2020 Lillian Achom for GenderIT.org

Access to the internet and ICTs can often be about creating and finding surprising opportunities and uses. If women are familiar with smartphones and able to use them, then this is one way of ensuring that the next generation of girls are also able to access and adopt technology.

The EU's plans for its digital future
The EU's plans for its digital future 03 March 2020 APCNews

APC outlines positions on some of the areas covered in the digital strategies presented by the European Commission that will undoubtedly set a key precedent for global discussions on issues such as regulating platforms, data governance and artificial intelligence.

"Access Denied": New research by 7amleh Center about Palestinian access to e-commerce
"Access Denied": New research by 7amleh Center about Palestinian access to e-commerce 24 February 2020 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

New research about Palestinian access to e-commerce highlights how occupation, failure to fulfill the Oslo Accords and digital discrimination have stunted the development of the Palestinian economy and created challenges for Palestinian buyers, sellers and workers online.

Inside the Digital Society: Digital inclusion and social inclusion
Inside the Digital Society: Digital inclusion and social inclusion 23 February 2020 David Souter

In this week's column, David Souter explores how in the digital world we often assume that digital access improves access to services. And so it does – for most people in most cases, but not for all in all. Those designing policies and plans for digital access to public (and private) services should remember always that the real aim is access to services not digitalisation, he states.

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 24
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 24 10 January 2020

Welcome to the 24th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 23
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 23 07 November 2019

Welcome to the 23rd monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

APC Annual Report 2018
APC Annual Report 2018 22 October 2019

APC's 2018 Annual Report offers an engaging dive into one year in the network's life. All the 67 stories are clustered under the six priority areas that have informed APC's work from 2016 until 2019: Access, rights, a feminist internet, governance, use and development and APC community. 

A look into one year of APC's impact: About roots, flowers and moving tiles
A look into one year of APC's impact: About roots, flowers and moving tiles 19 October 2019 Flavia Fascendini

APC's 2018 Annual Report is a deep dive into one year of our network's life. It is a compendium of stories about how APC collectively strives for change, from a year when so many deeply rooted initiatives blossomed.

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