AlterMundi is, in the words of its members, “a network of activists, working with people with no knowledge of networks or information technology so that they can construct and maintain their own communications systems.” In March 2016, they decided to join the APC network.
They are called AlterMundi and describe themselves as a “network of activists, working with people with no knowledge of networks or information technology.” This year they won the 2015 award in the “Devices, Infrastructure and Technologies: Acceleration and expansion of access” category from the Regional Fund for Digital Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean (FRIDA).
Last year APC and partners trained local technicians, community leaders and telecentre operators from the Andes on the basic principles of setting up wireless internet access in their communities. Now the participants report on the impact once they went back home.
<p>Wireless connections set up in Bolivia are being used by indigenous communities to use internet for making long-distance phone calls and consulting local educational portals.</p>
<p>Projects implemented by participants of Tricalcar workshops: <br /> Cususbamba community, Ecuador – The president of the community Cususbamba communicates via VoIP telephone with other community presidents from Andean region (El presidente de la Comunidad de Cususbamba comunicandose via telefonia IP, con otros presidentes de comunidades en otros lugares de los Andes)<...
<p>Projects implemented by participants of Tricalcar workshops: <br /> Community Chambapongo, Andes of Ecuador – Installation of wireless repeater in the community Chambapongo. (Comunidad Chambapongo, Andes de Ecuador, Instalacion de un repetidor inalámbrico en la comunidad de Chambapongo)<br /> Project and photos by Paco Olaya Pabón</p>