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Community Networks Stories: A digital communications system geared to the needs and local context of remote communities in the Amazon
Community Networks Stories: A digital communications system geared to the needs and local context of remote communities in the Amazon 17 November 2020 Isabel Harari for Instituto Socioambiental (ISA)

Instituto Socioambiental (ISA) and the Brazilian Association of Digital Radio (ABRADIG) worked together with local and indigenous communities in Extractive Reserves in Pará, Brazil to co-create an appropriate digital two-way communication system through high frequency or HF radio.

Community Networks Stories: A rainbow of contents in the sky
Community Networks Stories: A rainbow of contents in the sky 21 August 2020 Blanca Cruz for TIC A.C.

The 1st Technological Faena proposed installing a community intranet for the assembly. They would start by preparing a basic virtual browsing experience that would allow users to download files and take them to their communities without using the global internet and without the need for mobile data.

Community Networks Stories: Access is not enough – the need for locally relevant content and platforms to bridge the digital divide
Community Networks Stories: Access is not enough – the need for locally relevant content and platforms to bridge the digital divide 13 August 2020 TunapandaNET

The Connecting the Unconnected catalytic interventions grant enabled the TunapandaNET community network to collaborate with Murambinda Works in Zimbabwe to address the “after access” challenges of locally relevant content and platforms.

Community Networks Stories: Sharing the vision and importance of the network, to improve and strengthen people’s lives
Community Networks Stories: Sharing the vision and importance of the network, to improve and strengthen people’s lives 15 July 2020 Nontsokolo Sigcau for Zenzeleni

Nontsokolo Sigcau, better known by those around her as Mama Sigcau, is one of the pillars in the community of Mankosi as well as one of the original Zenzeleni Mankosi Cooperative directors, and has been involved in the network through its multiple phases over the last seven years.

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.

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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