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Right to Know - Episode 4: Digital literacy and the perils of social activism in India
Right to Know - Episode 4: Digital literacy and the perils of social activism in India 08 October 2018 Andrew Garton

Right to Know - India’s Internet Avant-garde, is a podcast series about people coming to terms with the internet in some of India’s poorest rural and tribal districts, where many have not seen a television, or as in the ancient city of Chanderi, locals are still coming to terms with cars and scooters. This podcast series, presented and produced by Andrew Garton for the Association for Progressive Communications, is adapted from the book “Right to Know: India's Internet Avant-...

Connecting rural South Africa: The case for community networks
Connecting rural South Africa: The case for community networks 05 October 2018 APCNews

“There is so much potential in rural South Africa, and with a little bit of capacity building, a lot of things could happen around affordable internet access,” summarised Carlos Rey-Moreno, coordinator of APC's Local Access Networks project, at the end of a productive workshop about community networks with government stakeholders at the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) in Pretoria on 2 October.  The presentation, titled “Advancing Rural Connectivity in South Africa: A Case f...

Right to Know - Episode 3: The unheard will not remain unseen
Right to Know - Episode 3: The unheard will not remain unseen 01 October 2018 Andrew Garton

  Right to Know - India’s Internet Avant-garde, is a podcast series about people coming to terms with the internet in some of India’s poorest rural and tribal districts, where many have not seen a television, or as in the ancient city of Chanderi, locals are still coming to terms with cars and scooters. This podcast series, presented and produced by Andrew Garton for the Associat...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 10
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 10 28 September 2018 APCNews

Welcome to the tenth monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Get involved The call for contributions to the 2018 work of the IGF Best Practice Forum (BPF) on Gender and Access is now open. Please feel free to disseminate this call to any relevant contacts and networks. This year, the BPF is exploring the impact of initiatives that support/develop alternative ...

Changes in the telecoms landscape and their implications for universal, affordable access to communication in Africa
Changes in the telecoms landscape and their implications for universal, affordable access to communication in Africa 26 September 2018 APCNews

What are the most relevant changes in the telecommunications landscape and their implications for achieving universal, affordable access to communication in Africa? This was the main focus of a workshop organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Communications Regulators’ Association of Southern Africa (CRASA) on 9 September 2018. Held as a pre-event to the 201...

Rhizomatica, winner of the Mozilla NSF-WINS Challenge Grand Prize
Rhizomatica, winner of the Mozilla NSF-WINS Challenge Grand Prize 26 September 2018 APCNews

The High­-frequency Emergency and Rural Multimedia Exchange System (HERMES) project by APC member Rhizomatica is the winner of this year's Mozilla NSF-WINS Grand Prize for unconnected communities. On 26 September, Mozilla and the National Science Foundation announced the grand prize winners in the Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (NSF-WINS) Ch...

Gender and community networks: Researching social and gender impact
Gender and community networks: Researching social and gender impact 30 August 2018 Nic Bidwell

In the preceding three columns of this monthly series we introduced the way the Local Access Network project brings a feminist perspective to advocating for community networks in the global South, and highlighted the low representation of women in the regulatory and policy space and in regional and global movements. One of the Local Access Network project’s four activities is 'case studies an...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 9
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 9 30 August 2018

Welcome to the ninth monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Call for grants OpenCellular Grants (OCG) is a programme to fund, promote and accelerate the non-commercial development and non-traditional deployment of OpenCellular (OC) in rural areas where access to cellular is limited due to availability of service, price of service or limited consumer demand. ...

Colnodo, winner of the FRIDA grant programme, will now implement TVWS technology with a gender focus in community projects in Colombia
Colnodo, winner of the FRIDA grant programme, will now implement TVWS technology with a gender focus in community projects in Colombia 29 August 2018 APCNews

Community networks offer a means by which remote communities that are currently disconnected can organise in order to develop local solutions that allow them to access the internet. However, within such networks the gender gap is ever present. And it is on these two areas, community networks and the gender gap in technology, that grants have been focused by the Regional Fund for Digital Innovat...

Community networks and the art of the tightrope walker: Challenges, achievements and experiences that go beyond access
Community networks and the art of the tightrope walker: Challenges, achievements and experiences that go beyond access 06 August 2018 APCNews

During the second day of the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum (LACIGF) in Buenos Aires, Valeria Betancourt, Director of APC’s Communications and Information Policy Programme, moderated a panel of experts dealing with the theme of "Challenges, achievements and experiences of community network management in Latin America." The panel included Lilian Chamorro from Co...

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