community networks

Gender and community networks: Candid reflections 10 years later
Gender and community networks: Candid reflections 10 years later 23 April 2018 Kathleen Diga

This monthly column series speaks to the research project: Local Access Networks: can the unconnected connect themselves?. This research explores the topic of self-managed infrastructure, from a community-run approach as well as opens up the understanding around community networks and their possible relationship with feminism and gender. The project plans to answer the research question on community networks: "What are the additional benefits to the local community in terms of well-being...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 4
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 4 28 March 2018

Categories 1. Get involved  [En español] Se encuentra abierto el período de consultas para la definición de temas de la agenda de la undécima versión del Foro de gobernanza de internet en LAC. Uno de los aspectos incluídos en la consulta pública para definir temas se relaciona a acceso: Mejores prácticas y experiencias en la operación de redes comunitarias. pueden ingresar a la consulta y priorizar este elemento de la agenda aquí. La participación en la consulta puede re...

World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2018: Inclusiveness – access to information and knowledge for all
World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2018: Inclusiveness – access to information and knowledge for all 20 March 2018 APC

World Summit on the Information Society Forum, 2018. Moderated High-Level Policy Session 10: Inclusiveness – access to information and knowledge for all More than 10 years after the realisation of WSIS, open, affordable and free internet access remains a critical challenge. Despite the new possibilities created by innovations in low-cost communications technology, bottom-up locally owned/mana...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 3
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 3 22 February 2018

Categories 1. Get involved  Call for book chapter proposals: Global Information Society Watch, ‘a space for collaborative monitoring or implementation of international (and national) commitments made by governments towards the creation of an inclusive information society’ will be releasing the 2018 annual issue under the topic ‘Community Networks’. A call for proposals for countr...

What are we looking for?: Research on community networks
What are we looking for?: Research on community networks 20 February 2018 Tigist Shewarega Hussen for GenderIT.org

As I am observing the diverse research projects that are emerging in Africa in relation to community networks (CNs), I am compelled to write this short commentary. I have worked in Zenzeleni Networks as a gender analyst for +/- 2 years. As a black African feminist scholar, I was invited to explore and analyze gender dynamics within Zenzeleni Networks. The research focuses on participation of wo...

Written submission by Zenzeleni Networks, APC and the University of Western Cape on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill in South Africa
Written submission by Zenzeleni Networks, APC and the University of Western Cape on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill in South Africa 20 February 2018 Zenzeleni Networks, APC and University of Western Cape

In Notice 1293 published in Government Gazette No. 41261 dated 17 November 2017, the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) invited written submissions on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill. The date for submissions was extended to 31 January 2018 as a result of Notice 1390 published in Government Gazette No. 41312 dated 8 December 2017. This submission is premis...

Joint comments to the Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s Consultation on the Technical and Policy Framework for White Space Devices in Canada
Joint comments to the Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s Consultation on the Technical and Policy Framework for White Space Devices in Canada 16 February 2018 APC and Internet Society

In 2016, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunication Commission (CRTC) ruled that broadband Internet is a basic telecommunication service. The CRTC set the ambitious goal of ensuring 90 per cent of Canadian householders would have access to broadband speeds of 50Mbps download and 10Mbps upload. The unfortunate reality in Canada is that the remaining 10 per cent of Canadians that will be...

Expanding community networks: Around the world with AlterMundi
Expanding community networks: Around the world with AlterMundi 24 January 2018 Nico Pace, AlterMundi

One year ago, our members’ network was joined by AlterMundi, an Argentina-based NGO that strives to promote a new paradigm based on freedom gained through peer-to-peer collaboration. AlterMundi explores different forms of such collaboration from a technological perspective and with an emphasis on wireless community networks in small towns and rural areas. Through projects such as LibreMe...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 2
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 2 13 January 2018

Categories 1. Get involved  In 2015, the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF)’s Best Practice Forum (BPF) on Gender investigated online abuse and gender-based violence [see the output report here], and in 2016 the BPF considered women’s meaningful access to the internet [see the output report here]. In 2017, the Gender BPF decided to delve deeper into access c...

Disrupting gender-power dynamics through community networks
Disrupting gender-power dynamics through community networks 23 December 2017 Angela M. Kuga Thas, EMPOWER

As an organisation that has worked with the Orang Asli indigenous women in peninsular Malaysia since 2013, one of the biggest challenges we have faced as EMPOWER is how best to integrate the work on the right to information and access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) with the most pressing of issues: native land rights. This challenge is further compounded by the fact that t...

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