community networks

Local access and community networks at the 2019 Internet Governance Forum (Part 1)
Local access and community networks at the 2019 Internet Governance Forum (Part 1) 05 December 2019 Leila Nachawati Rego

It has become clear that commercial connectivity models alone are not sufficient to connect the billions of people in different parts of the world who still lack meaningful and affordable access to information and communications technologies (ICTs). Alternative local access models like community networks, managed by the communities themselves, are offering the potential for connectivity in areas whose needs are not being met by governments, big companies and other traditional actors. Highligh...

Meet the projects funded by catalytic intervention grants to create a more sustainable community network environment
Meet the projects funded by catalytic intervention grants to create a more sustainable community network environment 05 December 2019 APCNews

Catalytic intervention grants aim to support a more sustainable community network environment. To create such an environment, we have to explore ways to overcome the isolation of local community networks, improve their access to spectrum, actively foster their diversity and provide solutions for their resilience (e.g. alternative energy) as well as technological innovation. These grants are part of the project Connecting the unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based...

Contribution to Ethiopian Telecommunications Sector Stakeholder Consultation No. 001-2019
Contribution to Ethiopian Telecommunications Sector Stakeholder Consultation No. 001-2019 28 November 2019 Various

In the Public Notice “Ethiopian Telecommunications Sector Stakeholder Consultation No. 001-2019”, the Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) invited interested stakeholders to submit their comments on the overall telecommunications market opening process in the country. APC joined with the Alliance for Affordable Internet, Internet Society, Network for Digital Rights for Ethiopia and Bahi...

New GenderIT.org edition explores connections between the feminist principles of the internet and community networks
New GenderIT.org edition explores connections between the feminist principles of the internet and community networks 15 November 2019 GenderIT.org

This edition brings back the conversation to its roots. To the essence of the reasons behind our desire to connect ourselves and each other. It sheds light on who the unconnected are and dispels the myth of the underserved as powerless and in need of saving. It brings back power to the endless creative possibilities of communities that seek self-determination. It offers a closer look at the bea...

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. We have created a new platform for community networks to share our experiences and grow together. Please join us at https://communitynetworks.group/  1. Events and conferences [En español] El 30 de noviembre y 1 de diciembre se realizará la Primera Cumbre Argentina de Redes Comunitarias en C...

Weaving a community together – from grassroots to tech
Weaving a community together – from grassroots to tech 07 November 2019 Gayatri Ganju for GenderIT.org

Durgadahalli is a little village that sits snug at the foot of the Devrayanadurga hills that form the outer layer of the ancient Halekote fort. Here, set between fields of millet and coconut plantations, is the craft centre set up by a local organisation, Janastu. At the craft centre is a small team of people completely engrossed in their work, weaving products from sustainable, locally sourced...

New age women: Women and their approach towards internet connectivity in rural India
New age women: Women and their approach towards internet connectivity in rural India 07 November 2019 Sarbani Banerjee Belur and Ritu Srivastava for GenderIT.org

In the fast-changing world that we live in today, our lives are dominated by the internet and connected devices. Technology has revolutionised our lives, bringing about far-reaching changes, impacting society and enabling economic growth. A large part of the global economy is majorly benefited through contributions from the digital economy. However, in the midst of this, women still face challe...

News about our community network: Portal sem Porteiras
News about our community network: Portal sem Porteiras 01 November 2019 Marcela Guerra and Luisa Bagope for GenderIT.org

M: I am Marcela. L: And I am Luisa. M: We are part of the Portal sem Porteiras or gateless portal... L: ...an association created to formalize our community network L: Today our community network has an infrastructure of 12 nodes, omnidirectional and sectorial radios that connect to a mesh. These points were programmed to communicate with each other thanks to LibreMesh, a software installed to ...

Our routes: Women's node - an illustrated journey of women in community networks
Our routes: Women's node - an illustrated journey of women in community networks 23 October 2019 Bruna Zanolli for GenderIT.org

Community networks are autonomous connectivity solutions to structural divides. They offer a wide range of technologies that allow communities that don't have access to reliable and affordable methods of communication to connect themselves and each other. This beautifully etched illustration created by Bruna Zanolli follows the stories of various women who are working in community networks and ...

Innovations in Spectrum Management - Enabling community networks and small operators to connect the unconnected
Innovations in Spectrum Management - Enabling community networks and small operators to connect the unconnected 18 October 2019 Stephen Song, Carlos Rey-Moreno and Michael Jensen

The value of being connected to a communication network is steadily rising. And yet, half of the world population remains unconnected to the Internet. Traditional solutions are showing signs of having reached their limits. Attempts to address this problem, whether through universal service strategies/funds, private sector initiatives or philanthropy, have met with limited success. This presents...

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