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Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 15
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 15 01 March 2019

Welcome to the 15th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Get involved The Internet Society is inviting applications for the online course "Building Wireless Community Networks". The e-learning course will be delivered through its learning portal Inforum. This online course covers essential topics for effective planning, deployment and operational support of wireless community networks. The course will be delivered in English and Spanish. Applications can b...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 14
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 14 01 February 2019

Welcome to the 14th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Get involved  All World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) stakeholders are invited to submit inputs on the Thematic Aspects and Innovations on the Format of the WSIS Forum 2019. The deadline is 10 February 2019. Read more. 2. Community networks in news and blogs Observing community networks in the Philippines through a gendered lens: Interview with Claire, Thessa and Clarisse. Read...

This wiki is helping to keep the Balinese language alive in Indonesia
This wiki is helping to keep the Balinese language alive in Indonesia 27 November 2018 Mong and Juliana Harsianti for Rising Voices

We are republishing this article on APC.org as part of a partnership with Rising Voices, an initiative of Global Voices that aims to help bring new voices from new communities and speaking endangered or indigenous languages to the global conversation. You can also read the original post on RV's website. A crowdsourced, community-based platform is pioneering th...

Who can still doubt the capacity of community networks to provide universal access?
Who can still doubt the capacity of community networks to provide universal access? 11 September 2018 APCNews

"There was a massive storm during the night, and signals from all operators were off when we woke up. And yet, internet from Zenzeleni is still up and running. Who can still doubt the capacity of community networks to provide universal access?"  This was the message shared by Carlos Rey-Moreno, coordinator of APC's Local Access Networks project, during the Third Su...

Community networks recognised as an emerging topic in UN resolution on WSIS follow-up
Community networks recognised as an emerging topic in UN resolution on WSIS follow-up 04 September 2018 APCNews

Almost 15 years ago, at the conclusion of the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), representatives of peoples of the world declared their “common desire and commitment to build a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society.” Since then, being connected to the internet has become increasingly necessary for day-to-day transactions – f...

Third Summit on Community Networks in Africa to take place in Eastern Cape
Third Summit on Community Networks in Africa to take place in Eastern Cape 01 September 2018 APCNews

Community networks have existed for many years. They provide a sustainable solution to address connectivity gaps in urban and rural areas around the world. In Africa, where these gaps are more evident, a recent survey was able to identify 37 community network initiatives in 12 African countries. To promote the creation and growth of these networks, the Third Summit on Community Networks in...

 South Africa becomes the first country in the region to support community networks 
South Africa becomes the first country in the region to support community networks  23 May 2018 APCNews

Some governments in the global South are devoting increasing attention to the divide between urban and rural areas, a key issue to address the fact that millions of people are becoming left out of the information society. Access to communications in rural areas is made possible mainly by big mobile phone operators, but their services are usually not affordable for people with lower incomes. Con...

APC member Rhizomatica, winner of the Mozilla Off-the-Grid-Challenge
APC member Rhizomatica, winner of the Mozilla Off-the-Grid-Challenge 23 February 2018 APCNews

How do you connect the unconnected? Mozilla and the National Science Foundation posed this question to find innovative wireless technologies that connect people to the internet and to each other. One of the winners of the first round of the “Off-the-Grid Internet Challenge” is APC member Rhizomatica, who use technology, especially mobile, to facilitate development a...

Zenzeleni: Do-it-yourself telecoms networks in rural South Africa
Zenzeleni: Do-it-yourself telecoms networks in rural South Africa 26 January 2017 APC

A project registered as a cooperative, Zenzeleni means “do it yourselves” in isiXhosa, one of the official languages of South Africa. What led to this amazing community initiative? is the question featured on the project’s website. The short answer is prices, since compared to similar countries, South African communication costs are still very high. However, there is more to it than price...

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