community networks

Collective digital security strategies for environmental human rights defenders: Conversation at the Internet Freedom Festival
Collective digital security strategies for environmental human rights defenders: Conversation at the Internet Freedom Festival 04 April 2019 Leila Nachawati Rego

Among human rights defenders (HRDs), those working on land, indigenous peoples’ and environmental rights are the most targeted group. Over 200 environmental HRDs were killed in 2017 alone, 60% of them in Latin America. This situation was the motivation behind the session “Collective digital security strategies for environmental HRDs” at this year’s Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia, Spain. The session was aimed at better understanding the risks and needs of this population, and sh...

What is the impact of media concentration and monopolies on diversity online? Conversation at the Internet Freedom Festival
What is the impact of media concentration and monopolies on diversity online? Conversation at the Internet Freedom Festival 04 April 2019 APCNews

The internet was developed with the promise of democratising access to knowledge and enabling the exercise of freedom of expression. However, the emergence of corporations with enormous market power has affected freedom of expression and diversity. To discuss the implications of these trends, the Electronic Frontier Froundation (EFF), the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and APC member Intervozes opened up a discussion at the Internet Freedom Festival taking place in Valencia,...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 16
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 16 30 March 2019 APCNews

Welcome to the 16th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Events and conferences On 29 March, from 9:00 to 10:30 CET, Global Access to the Internet for All (GAIA), a research group within the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), is having its regular gathering. Their notes will be available here as well as the video livestream of the event here. The ...

Are you a community networks activist? These sessions at the Internet Freedom Festival are for you
Are you a community networks activist? These sessions at the Internet Freedom Festival are for you 28 March 2019 APCNews

Topics directly related to community networks will be addressed at the Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) happening in Valencia, Spain, on 1-5 April 2019. Understanding that community networks to access the internet are not only about networks, but first and foremost about organised communities, we put together a list of sessions that community network enthusiasts, promoters, techni...

The APC community’s work on access in 2018: Pushing for people-centred communications networks
The APC community’s work on access in 2018: Pushing for people-centred communications networks 14 March 2019 Gabrielle Willms

How can we help people gain easy and affordable access to a free and open internet to improve their lives and create a more just world? This question has driven our work and strategic priorities for almost 30 years. APC’s strategic plan for the period 2016-2019, developed with our members network, identified six key result areas to address emerging issues and opportunities in the use and deve...

Helping women and non-binary communities gain access: Reflections from the Best Practice Forum on Gender and Access on the potential of alternative models of connectivity
Helping women and non-binary communities gain access: Reflections from the Best Practice Forum on Gender and Access on the potential of alternative models of connectivity 07 March 2019 Gabrielle Willms

The transformative power of the internet has offered unprecedented access to information, possibilities for socioeconomic growth and the opportunity for increased exercise of a range of human rights, including cultural, social and economic rights and freedom of expression. Global growth in connectivity, however, has begun to slow and, for many, meaningful access to the internet remains elusive....

Joint submission on the consultation paper on light licensing of the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band in Zimbabwe
Joint submission on the consultation paper on light licensing of the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band in Zimbabwe 25 February 2019 Murambinda Works, Association for Progressive Communications, Internet Society and Rhizomatica

This is a joint submission by Murambinda Works, the Association for Progressive Communications, Internet Society and Rhizomatica. We support the objectives of this proposed regulatory change but feel the changes could go even further in order to more effectively realise those objectives. We fully support Minister Kazembe’s recent statement that young people are key to closing the digital gap ...

“We can't just sit back and wait”: Indigenous, black and campesino communities in Colombia meet their own communications needs with community wireless network
“We can't just sit back and wait”: Indigenous, black and campesino communities in Colombia meet their own communications needs with community wireless network 12 February 2019 APCNews

The “digital divide” in Colombia is particularly wide in rural communities, since service coverage, especially cellular mobile service, is concentrated in urban centres. In September 2017, communities in the municipality of Buenos Aires, located in the department of Cauca, decided to confront this situation by planning and developing their own communications network. After years of sufferin...

Women and community networks in Africa
Women and community networks in Africa 23 January 2019 APCNews

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have been universally acknowledged as enablers for socio economic development. However, women in Africa still face large barriers in terms of access and capacity to benefit from the use of these technologies, especially women living in rural areas. In the words of Nicola Bidwell, Professor of Computer Science at Namibia's Internat...

Community Networks Learning Grants: Connecting the Unconnected
Community Networks Learning Grants: Connecting the Unconnected 17 January 2019

Community Networks Learning Grants – Connecting the unconnected “Connecting the unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives” is a project by APC in partnership with Rhizomatica that aims to directly support the work of community networks, with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The initiati...

« Go back