Rhizomática

Connecting the underserved: Innovation through knowledge sharing, “imagination” and a “community mindset”
Connecting the underserved: Innovation through knowledge sharing, “imagination” and a “community mindset” 15 November 2018 Gabrielle Willms for APCNews

During the Day 3 workshop “Innovative Approaches to Connecting Underserved Areas”, moderator Sebastian Bellagamba stressed that  "the cost of not being connected keeps increasing for people," noting the link between internet access and socioeconomic development.

APC members in 2017: Building and supporting community cellular networks in Brazil and Colombia
APC members in 2017: Building and supporting community cellular networks in Brazil and Colombia 29 September 2018 Rhizomatica

Thanks to support through an APC subgrant, Rhizomatica was able to support a number of emerging initiatives in Brazil and Colombia regarding community cellular networks. These are basically community-based networks that use 2G cellular technology as a way to facilitate communication between people.

APC members in 2017: Rhizomatica and AlterMundi train indigenous communicators in Mexico
APC members in 2017: Rhizomatica and AlterMundi train indigenous communicators in Mexico 29 September 2018 Rhizomatica and AlterMundi

Between October 2016 and May 2017, the first edition of the Diploma Course for Community Promoters in Telecommunications and Broadcasting was held in Mexico. The course was attended by community communication organisations from six Mexican states, and a total of 36 participants. 

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 HERMES (High­-frequency Emergency and Rural Multimedia Exchange System) project by Rhizomatica is the winner of the Mozilla NSF-WINS grand prize in the Off-the-Grid Internet Challenge.

In Mexico, an indigenous community telco will continue to operate – for now
In Mexico, an indigenous community telco will continue to operate – for now 08 May 2018 Giovanna Salazar, Rising Voices

Indigenous Community Telecommunications has withstood an important legal battle for the right of indigenous communities to establish and manage their own community networks of mobile phones and internet.

APC member Rhizomatica, winner of the Mozilla Off-the-Grid-Challenge
APC member Rhizomatica, winner of the Mozilla Off-the-Grid-Challenge 23 February 2018 APCNews

How do you connect the unconnected? Mozilla and the National Science Foundation posed this question to find innovative wireless technologies that connect people to the internet and to each other.

New APC member Rhizomatica supports world's first federated, community-owned cellular network
New APC member Rhizomatica supports world's first federated, community-owned cellular network 02 August 2016 APC

“So Long, Phone Companies. Mexico’s Indigenous Groups Are Getting Their Own Telecoms” proclaims the headline of a Global Voices report on the work of Rhizomatica, an organisation that supports communities, local entrepreneurs and popular movements that wish to use telecommunications technology to advance their autonomy. APC has followed Rhizomatica’s work for years, and was pleased to w...

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