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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 “Innovative Citizen Participation in Restrictive Environments” seminar, which I attended in Kuala Lumpur fro...

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 decades of deployment, it appears increasingly likely that current strategies will not be able to add...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 18
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 18 31 May 2019 APCNews

Welcome to the 18th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Events and conferences The Africa Internet Summit is taking place from 9 to 21 June in Kampala, Uganda. Read more here and here.  Access Now’s RightsCon programme has been released, announcing the event taking place from 11 to 14 June in Tunis, and includes many sessions on co...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 17
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 17 30 April 2019 APCNews

Welcome to the 17th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.   IMPORTANT TO NOTE: APC and Rhizomatica have released a call to apply for the catalytic intervention grants aimed at supporting a more sustainable community network environment. The deadline for applications is 15 May 2019. Read more. 1. Events and conferences “Community Networks and the Id...

Kenya National Broadband Strategy: APC and partners advocate for bottom-up, community-driven approaches to bridge connectivity gaps
Kenya National Broadband Strategy: APC and partners advocate for bottom-up, community-driven approaches to bridge connectivity gaps 24 April 2019 Josephine Miliza

Access to connectivity is a critical driver for economic, political and social growth and development. Kenya’s first National Broadband Strategy (NBS) was envisioned for implementation between 2013 and 2017 with the objective of providing quality broadband for everyone. In the strategy, broadband was defined as: “Connectivity that is always-on and that delivers a minimum of 5 Mbps to indivi...

Joint submission to public consultation on Kenya's Revised National Broadband Strategy
Joint submission to public consultation on Kenya's Revised National Broadband Strategy 24 April 2019 Various

Kenya is currently in the process of adopting the 2018-2023 National Broadband Strategy, with the aim of providing equitable access to secure broadband for all citizens. The Communication Authority of Kenya invited stakeholders drawn from the public and private sectors, civil society and academia to provide their views, suggestions and recommendations on the Revised National Broadband Strategy ...

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....

“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

A version of this article in Malagasy can be found on the Rising Voices website. Thanks Andriamifidisoa Zo for the translation! 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 de...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 14
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 14 01 February 2019

Welcome to the 14th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Get involved  All World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) stakeholders are invited to submit inputs on the Thematic Aspects and Innovations on the Format of the WSIS Forum 2019. The deadline is 10 February 2019. Read more. 2. Community networks in news and blogs Observing community n...

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...

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