community networks

Kondoa Community Network: Breaking gender digital divides
Kondoa Community Network: Breaking gender digital divides 21 August 2019 Rebecca Ryakitimbo for GenderIT.org

With growing populations, decentralisation of opportunities is important, and the internet is a crucial way to achieve it for both urban and rural communities. In order to bridge the digital divide(s), gender should be at the core of the development circle to ensure equal access to services and opportunities. In Tanzania, slightly over 23 million people are internet users, which is an internet penetration of 43%, with 86% of them accessing the internet via mobile phones. Governments are movin...

Colnodo, access to spectrum and community networks: “Quality connectivity in rural areas is possible”
Colnodo, access to spectrum and community networks: “Quality connectivity in rural areas is possible” 13 August 2019 APCNews

Quality connectivity in rural areas is possible. Colnodo, an APC member organisation in Colombia, has been working for years towards that goal and now rural communities will have access to spectrum under the country’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Ministry. The end result of a process that began in early 2017, this project involves mounting a mobile telephone network in pilot mode in the municipality of Buenos Aires, Cauca. We spoke with Julián Casasbuenas, Colnodo direct...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 20
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 20 05 August 2019

Welcome to the 20th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Events and conferences [En español] Del 6 al 8 de agosto de 2019 se desarrollará el Foro de Gobernanza de Internet para Latinoamérica y el Caribe. Este año será en La Paz, Bolivia. Leer más. From 21 to 25 August 2019, the Chaos Communication Conference will bring together “thousands of...

Enabling community participation of young girls and women: Janastu community mesh radio network
Enabling community participation of young girls and women: Janastu community mesh radio network 01 August 2019 Sarbani Banerjee Belur

As part of the “Connecting the Unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives” project being implemented by APC in partnership with Rhizomatica, Sarbani Banerjee Belur of Gram Marg, an India-based member organisation in the project’s peer learning community, recently visited the Janastu Community Mesh Radio Network initiated by Servelots in t...

Community networks help foster active citizen participation in the global South
Community networks help foster active citizen participation in the global South 11 July 2019 Talant Sultanov

Internet connectivity opens many opportunities for civil society groups and activists to participate in their countries’ political life, defend their rights and promote government transparency and accountability. However, much of the populations in developing countries remain unconnected and thus cannot fully participate in civic life. This was the focus of my intervention at the “Innovativ...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 19
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 19 27 June 2019

Welcome to the 19th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Events and conferences Until 30 June 2019, the call for travel support to attend the Internet Governance Forum 2019 annual meeting is open. The IGF, a global multistakeholder platform of the United Nations that facilitates the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the internet, will happen...

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South 26 June 2019 Research conducted by Nicola Bidwell and Michael Jensen

There is increasing concern over the worldwide slowdown in the growth of voice and internet users. The networks being deployed by national operators are now only expected to connect 60% to 70% of the world’s population by 2025. This indicates that the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which anticipate attaining universal connectivity by 2030, are unlikely to be achieved. Despite d...

Community networks meet in Nairobi to enhance learning across Latin America, Asia and Africa
Community networks meet in Nairobi to enhance learning across Latin America, Asia and Africa 24 June 2019 APCNews

As part of our work connecting the unconnected, APC convened a community networks meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, between 30 April and 3 May 2019.  Its purpose was to gather the twelve community networks that were selected for the community network learning grants and provide a platform for them to exchange their knowledge. The programme hopes to contribute to ongoing l...

The shift from connecting people to connecting things: Why 5G will not reduce the digital divide
The shift from connecting people to connecting things: Why 5G will not reduce the digital divide 19 June 2019 Peter Bloom for Rhizomatica

In many countries around the world, especially wealthy, developed countries, network operators are on the cusp of rolling out 5G networks, a development that is gaining growing attention. According to Peter Bloom, founder of APC member organisation Rhizomatica, “The push towards 5G encompasses a plethora of interest groups, particularly governments, financing institutions and telecommunicatio...

APC at RightsCon 2019
APC at RightsCon 2019 06 June 2019 APCNews

APC will be at RightsCon Tunis, the first RightsCon summit hosted in the Middle East and North Africa, where more than 2,500 expert practitioners will come together across over 400 sessions to shape, contribute to, and drive forward the global agenda for the future of human rights in the digital age. APC will join RightsCon to promote conversations on a range of issues, including...

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