Access to information

Guifi.net

Guifi.net (pronounced /’gIfI/) is a bottom-up, citizen-driven technological, social and economic project with the objective of creating a free, open and neutral telecommunications network.

The Guifi.net project puts in practice a disruptive economic model based on the commons model and the collaborative economy, in which volunteers, SMEs and public administrations cooperate to build and operate sustainable common-pool network infrastructure. As of December 2016, Guifi.net accounted for more than 32,500 operating nodes, serving over 60,000 people, and more than 20 ISPs.

The Fundació Privada per a la Xarxa Oberta, Lliure i Neutral Guifi.net (Guifi.net Foundation for the Free, Open and Neutral Network) was established in July 2008 with the foundational mission to give support to the Guifi.net project. Among other tasks, it is responsible for the development and implementation of the governance tools, including the network licence, conflicts settlement system, compensation system, etc. It operates Guifi.net’s critical infrastructure and has expertise in full-cycle network management. It is both an NGO and a registered telecommunications operator under Spanish regulations.

In 2015 it received the European Broadband Award from the European Commission.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Free software

Contact

Fundació Privada per la Xarxa Lliure, Oberta i Neutral guifi.net
Carrer Jaume I, el Conqueridor, 3, 4t. 1a.
08500 Vic
Catalunya

fundacio@guifi.net
roger.baig@guifi.net
roger.pueyo@guifi.net

Zenzeleni Networks

In a context where communications are accessible but not affordable for rural communities in South Africa, Zenzeleni Networks is a locally owned and operated cooperative that is providing services in one of the most disadvantaged rural areas in the country, to contribute to reducing their communication costs. To do so, they have installed and are operating a solar-powered wireless mesh network that initially provided free voice calls through 10 publicly accessible analogue phones spread throughout the community.

The community decided to use the spare energy produced from the solar power system to create a public access mobile phone charging station. The services offered were later upgraded to provide calls to national and international numbers for a fraction of the prices offered by incumbent operators, thanks to aggregating demand and accessing wholesale VoIP pricing. In terms of data provision, Zenzeleni is upgrading the infrastructure and connecting to a fibre network to provide internet access to the local primary school, the high school, and a set of hotspots in the community at a fraction of the cost of the other services available.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information

Contact

Zenzeleni Networks
Tshani Store P.O. Box 232
Mankosi A/A
Ngqeleni, Gauteng, 5141
South Africa
+27 733749728
jaysiya26@gmail.com
carlos.reymoreno@gmail.com

Rhizomática

Rhizomática works as a bridge between the potential users of the technology and the engineers and developers of these efforts to ensure the technology is deployed and appropriate for use in the developing world. Their mission is to increase access to mobile telecommunications to the over 2 billion people without affordable coverage and the 700 million with none at all. Through efforts in Mexico and Nigeria, they use new information and communication technologies, especially mobile telephony, to facilitate development and community organization in the developing world.

Their approach combines regulatory reform, decentralization, community involvement, and the application of new technologies to connect people and communities to services proven to increase access to information, development and, ultimately, quality of life.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Cultural & linguistic diversity

Contact

Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD)


Media Matters for Democracy, MMfD is a young Islamabad based non profit. MMfD has been formed on the vision and the belief that a liberal, professional media industry is the cornerstone of a progressive, democratic society. We strive for an inclusive, democratic media industry that is tech-friendly, progressive diverse, professional and secure. Media development in Pakistan is the main premise of Media Matters for Democracy. We undertake policy research and advocacy for better media regulation in Pakistan. We work for the acceptance and integration of digital media technologies and work towards creating sustainable citizen journalism initiatives in the country. Our work is focused on three key areas; policy advocacy through evidence building and generation of public debate, data and digital journalism and inclusion of citizen voices.

MMfD’s program areas include;

1. Freedom of [online and offline] Expression

This program is the foundation of MMfD. The program works on policy and practical levels and includes initiatives related to; a. Journalist security – MMfD is working with Pakistan Coalition on Media Safety, PCOMS and UNESCO on advocacy around media workers’ safety bill and ending impunity, b. Media regulation – MMfD is working to create awareness around media regulation, specially the regulation of electronic media in Pakistan and c. Internet governance – MMfD is one of the few organisations working on progressive and pro rights internet regulation policies

2. Media Development

This program aims to strengthen the media industry by building its credibility and capacity and includes initiatives on a. Ethical and Professional media – Under this program area we have conducted research into media economy and media content and b. ICTs and journalism – Under this program we are working on initiatives to bring technology to the media industry.

3. Gender and Media

The Gender and Media Program at MMfD seeks to improve the gender balance in the media industry and within media content. The program works on three areas including; a. Women in Media – This is a cross cutting program and seeks to ensure that women journalists remain beneficiaries in all of MMfD’s projects. The program area is trying to document the challenges and to seek solutions for empower women in media, b. Women voices in media – This is also a cross cutting theme across MMfD’s initiatives. We seek to ensure gender balance in all we produce on our own and are also working on producing evidence that highlights the existing gender gap within media content and Women Empowerment Online – Under this program, we seek to empower women to have their say online without fearing harassment of abuse.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Freedom of expression,
  • Gender & ICTs,
  • Media & ICTs

Contact

Website
http://mediamatters.pk/
http://mediamatterspakistan.org/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/mediamattersfordemocracy/

Twitter
@mmfd_pak

Contact
info@medimatters.pk

Instituto DEMOS

The organisation’s mission is to promote, strengthen and accompany women, youth and indigenous organizations, commited to democratic development processes from the local, national and international.

Our core values:

  • Justice, social equity and solidarity
  • Participative democracy
  • Peace as principle of relationship between people and nations.
Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Freedom of expression,
  • Human rights & ICTs,
  • ICT for development,
  • ICT policy,
  • Internet governance

Contact

Instituto DEMOS
17 ave. 19-37, zona 10
Guatemala
Tel: (502) 24965400
guatemalademos AT gmail.com
www.guatemalademos.org

demos: User profile

First name
Anabella
Last name
Rivera
Country of residence

Thai Netizen Network

Thai Netizen Network is a leading nonprofit organisation in Thailand that advocates for digital rights and civil liberties.

Founded in December 2008, it grew out of a group of netizens who had concerns about limited internet freedom during post-coup governments. Its activities are based on five themes: 1) access to information, 2) freedom of opinion and expression, 3) privacy, 4) participatory internet governance, and 5) rights over information resources. The Network is run by a small working group, with consultation from its members and an advisory board drawn from civil society, industry and academia. The group was officially registered as the “Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture” in May 2014.

Key activities of the Network in recent years, in partnership with various local and international partners, include:
1) Netizen Report – an annual situational report of internet freedom and online culture in Thailand
2) Input to the civil society report for Thailand’s participation in the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review
3) Cyber crime law and digital forensics capacity building for human rights lawyers
4) Digital security workshops for human rights defenders, journalists and activists
5) Marathon – a journal of internet studies and digital culture
6) Night School – a lecture series on the internet, media, arts and social movements
7) Research on the privacy policies and security measures of Thai online services
8) Mekong ICT Camp – a regional bi-annual workshop on ICT for development.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Freedom of expression,
  • Human rights & ICTs,
  • Internet governance,
  • Open access,
  • Security & privacy

Contact

15 Rajanakarn Building 5th floor, Soi Pradiphat 17
Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400
Thailand
https://thainetizen.org/

ONG Derechos Digitales

ONG Derechos Digitales is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental organization, which mission is to defense and promote human rights in the digital environment. Its main working topics include Freedom of Expression, Access to Knowledge, Transparency and Democracy, Privacy and Personal Data Protection, and Consumer Protection.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Freedom of expression,
  • ICT policy,
  • Internet governance,
  • Open access

Contact

Diagonal Paraguay 458
Segundo piso,
Santiago Centro, Santiago de Chile,
Chile
Fax: (+5622)632 36 60
http://www.derechosdigitales.org/

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