Community networks should consider developing a business model that will guarantee that the network will run with or without outside support from the onset. This will be the focus of fourth session of the Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa, taking place on 27 January.
In a partnership with APC and Rhizomatica's LocNet initiative, 48percent.org is supporting five organisations, in Argentina, India, Mexico, Nigeria and Uganda, in their efforts to strengthen community networks and respond to the challenges in the face of COVID-19.
The Latin American Community Networks Organisation for Technological Appropiation (ORCAL) is a joint initiative of Latin American community networks and network builders to reinforce their individual and collective sustainability.
The focus of this project was to explore community-owned Wi-Fi mesh as a decentralised and localised network infrastructure to enable us to co-design frameworks that support archiving at the grassroots in Bidar, India.
As a flag-bearer of digital connectivity in her village in India, Talaria Amruta is helping build community networks through the Digital Empowerment Foundation's “Barefoot Women Wireless Engineers” inititiave.
GenderIT.org and APC's local access networks (LocNet) project team invited women who work in community networks to share their experiences in the times of COVID-19. This is one of the stories shared about acts of care in communication technologies during the pandemic.
Instituto Socioambiental (ISA) and the Brazilian Association of Digital Radio (ABRADIG) worked together with local and indigenous communities in Extractive Reserves in Pará, Brazil to co-create an appropriate digital two-way communication system through high frequency or HF radio.
Community-owned networks provide alternative, locally driven and sustainable solutions that are critical in addressing connectivity gaps in Africa. To explore these solutions, the next session of the Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa is taking place on 25 November 2020.