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We invite you to the next session of the X4D Talks on December 15th 1600PST/16th 0530IST to be hosted by Kurtis Heimerl (Assistant Professor, University of Washington) on Community Networks. Our speakers include the following:

Shaddi Hassan
Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech, USA
When Community Meets Commercial
Community networks are often positioned in contrast, or even opposition, to “traditional” commercial networks. In this talk, I will present experiences from developing and implementing systems that attempt to facilitate cooperation between community networks, small-scale ISPs, and commercial mobile operators. These deployments illustrate the tensions and opportunities that exist for these different models of network operation to complement and learn from each other.

Josephine Dionisio
Associate Professor, University of the Philippines
Village Base Station Project
I will share insights from the Village Base Station Project in the Philippines. Our experiences in project implementation reiterate the point that community networks require a corresponding social infrastructure. Its promise as a form of inclusive technology at a scaled-up level may be best realized when the technology package and research design pay more careful attention to appropriate and participatory community organizing approaches.

Kanchana Kanchanasut
Nisarat Tansakul and Adisorn Lertsinsrubtavee Internet Education and Research Lab, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Smart Village with TakNet
In this talk, we will briefly introduce a community network, TakNet, in Thailand. The network was physically set up by student volunteers in 2013 and is now operating by the community with technical support from a research lab, intERLab/AIT. In recent years, TakNet is moving towards smart village with environmental monitoring using IoT (HAZEMON) and distributed ledger services for the community (BaangPun). WIth IoT and distributed ledger infrastructure implanted, exciting applications are expected to follow.

Mark Buell/Jane Coffin
Internet Society

When: December 15th 1600PST/16th 0530IST

X4D Organizers

La Cumbre Argentina de Redes Comunitarias se estará juntando virtualmente en una jornada abierta. Aquí la información:

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Online Event Invite | Sustainable Models for Community Networks

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We invite you to “Sustainable Models for Community Networks” on 27 January 2021 starting from 12:00 - 14:00 UTC.

Community networks can be game-changers when addressing connectivity gaps in Africa in 2021. As they try to connect more underserved communities to the Internet, they need robust sustainable models that can withstand the test of time.

This fourth interactive session under the Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa explores how community networks can be sustainable.

Register now:

Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa Secretariat

PS: If you missed the first three sessions, you can watch the recordings and read the event summaries here:
Session 1: The Path Towards Growing Community Networks in Africa, 30 September 2020
Session 2: For, With, and By the Community, 28 October 2020
Session 3: Public Funding for Community Networks, 25 November 2020

Bonjour à tous,

Nous vous invitons à “Modèles de durabilité pour les réseaux communautaires” le 27 janvier 2021 de 12h00 à 14h00 UTC.

Les réseaux communautaires peuvent changer la donne pour combler les lacunes de connectivité en Afrique en 2021. Alors qu’ils tentent de connecter davantage de communautés mal desservies à Internet, ils ont besoin de modèles de durabilité robustes capables de résister à l’épreuve du temps.

Ce quatrièmesession interactive dans le cadre du sommet virtuel sur les réseaux communautaires en Afrique va explorer comment les réseaux communautaires peuvent être durables.

Inscrivez-vous maintenant:

Secrétariat du sommet virtuel sur les réseaux communautaires en Afrique

PS: Si vous avez manqué les trois premières sessions, vous pouvez regarder les enregistrements et lire les résumés de ces événements ici:

Session 1 : La voie vers le développement des réseaux communautaires en Afrique, 30 septembre 2020
Session 2 : Pour, avec et par la Communauté, 28 octobre 2020
Session 3 : Financement public pour les réseaux communautaires, 25 novembre 2020

Dear everyone,

I hope you and your loved ones are doing well these days.

i am happy to be sharing with you this invitation to participate in a workshop organized by Portal sem Porteiras.
Some of you might be familiar with the work that PSP has been doing on community networks and feminism through a methodology that they have developed through “Nodes that Bond”.

Nodes that Bond is an experimental project of binding technology and women through circles of collective learning. To know more about this project go to:

This free form workshop aims to inspire groups of women to organize themselves within their territories in order to conquer autonomy inside and outside the world of tech.
The first round will take place on the 6th in Portuguese and the second round will take place from the 8th until the 12th in English.

Marcela Guerra and Luisa Bagope from Portal sem Porteiras Community Network want to discuss and ponder over the ways that technology is present in our lives, bring forward alternatives and share this simplicity based method of women getting together to overcome challenges.

If you or a group of women in your community are interested in learning more about this method and eventually replicating it in your own context make sure to register for the workshop at:


O Nós por Nós é um projeto que une mulheres e tecnologia em processo de aprendizado coletivo.
Iniciado em 2019 pelo núcleo de mulheres da Rede Comunitária Portal sem Porteiras, a experiência se deu através de círculos de mulheres nos quais trocamos preciosas informações e desprogramamos medos desatualizados.

Nesse encontro Marcela Guerra e Luisa Bagope irão conversar sobre os caminhos metodológicos que trilharam durante o projeto e apresentar uma apostila de trabalho que pode auxiliar outros grupos de mulheres a experimentar uma forma livre de pensar e viver a tecnologia.

Para se inscrever basta preencher o formulário:

Many CNs use or plan to use educational platforms in their communities.

One of the widespread open source tools that exist out there is Kolibri, and they would be doing an open webinar this January 28th.


As a part of Learning Equality’s mission to build community and share learnings within the Kolibri community, we are launching Kolibri virtual learning spaces. These virtual learning spaces, the first of which will be a webinar, will engage the global Kolibri community in sharing promising practices and becoming more familiar with the possibilities of using Kolibri in your own programs.

Join us on January 28 from 9:30am - 10:30am EST for our first session which will focus on how organizations have adapted their educational programs using Kolibri during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are excited to hear from speakers represented by the following organizations. Each of these organizations was using Kolibri before the pandemic, but with social distancing and school closures, they each took different approaches to adapting their programming, which will be shared during this discussion.

TAKMIL; Pakistan
ThinkZone; India
Shoulder to Shoulder; Honduras
Common Ground for Africa; Kenya

Whether you are a seasoned implementer of Kolibri or just becoming familiar with its possibilities, we welcome all to join us for this community gathering.

This 90-minute session about “Alternative infrastructure, digital safety, and community networks” brought together a diverse group of speakers from different regions during the 2021 World Social Forum (WSF) on 26th January.

Webinar Invite - Inside an African Community Network

Hi All,

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Please join the fifth session of the Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa on 24 February 2021, starting from 12:00 - 14:00 UTC.

“Inside an African Community Network” session focuses on two community networks: BOSCO Uganda and PAMOJA Net. They will showcase their respective and practical approach to connecting the unconnected.

During the webinar, participants will get unprecedented access to the governance, business, and technical operations of these community networks via a series of short videos.

The Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa webinar series is organized by the Internet Society and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in partnership with other organizations working to build and strengthen Community Networks in Africa.

Register now: Inside an African Community Network | Internet Society


Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa Secretariat

Bonjour à tous,

Veuillez vous joindre au webinaire intitulé « Au sein d’un réseau communautaire africain” qui se déroulera le 24 février 2021, de 12h00 à 14h00 UTC.

Cette session se focalise sur deux réseaux communautaires: BOSCO Ouganda et PAMOJA Net qui présenteront leurs pratiques respectives.

Pendant le webinaire, les participants auront un accès sans précédent à la gouvernance, aux affaires et aux opérations techniques de ces réseaux communautaires grâce à une série de courtes vidéos.

Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant : Au sein d'un réseau communautaire africain | Internet Society

Bien cordialement,

Secrétariat du Sommet virtuel sur les réseaux communautaires en Afrique

Today, the last session of Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa showed the amazing experiences from BOSCO Uganda and PAMOJA Net. They presented and discussed their governance, business and technical experiences:

This free online course promoted by ITU will address female leadership in the telecommunications and ICT sector. The activities will be in Spanish, and the deadline to register is on February 26. More information here: Liderazgo Femenino en el sector de las Telecomunicaciones y las TIC | ITU Academy

CoolabCamp is an event organized in Brazil to discuss community networks, tools for autonomy and digital sustainability. In the context of the pandemic, the event will be online this year on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of April, always from 10am to 6pm (Brazilian time zone).

The schedule is decided collectively between the participants on the first day. Registrations can be made online by entering your name and email at this link: CampDigital

A ITU webinar of Road to Addis Series addressed the specific needs for Digital Inclusion of women and girls, youth and elderly, persons with disabilities, children, indigenous people and people living in remote areas to achieve true and meaningful universal connectivity: The Road to Addis - Connect2Include (Part 1) - YouTube

At part 2, Lissette González Romero discussed the experience of Telecomunicaciones Indígenas Comunitarias A.C. in Mexico: The Road to Addis - Connect2Include (Part 2) - YouTube

UN will promote a High-level Thematic Debate on Digital Cooperation and Connectivity in April and released a provisional programme. The inscription for the list of speakers in the plenary segment is now open: High-level Thematic Debate on Digital Cooperation and Connectivity (Provisional Programme) | General Assembly of the United Nations

Reimagine the Internet is a virtual conference co-hosted by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and the soon-to-be-launched Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In six sessions over five days, there will be more than a dozen speakers whose work hints at what the internet could become over the next decade.

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This year RightsCon Internet Access, Education, and Inclusion sessions

For those interested, the videos of the High-level Thematic Debate on Digital Cooperation and Connectivity are available here:

And here joint letter calling on governments, industry, multilateral institutions, civil society, and international financial institutions to close the digital divide by putting people at the centre of our approach to achieving meaningful connectivity for everyone: Leave no one behind: A people-centred approach to achieve meaningful connectivity | Association for Progressive Communications

Towards a Licensing and Shared Spectrum Framework for Community Networks in Kenya

Public consultation webinar in Kenya

"The Communications Authority of Kenya has formulated a draft Licensing and Shared Spectrum Framework for Community Networks. This webinar is meant to introduce to stakeholders and the public the proposed draft framework. KICTANet organised this webinar to farmiliarise the public on the draft framework. More details on the framework are available on this link: Public Consultation On Draft Licensing And Shared Spectrum Framework For Community Networks In Kenya - Communications Authority of Kenya - Communications Authority of Kenya

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The launch of “Technological Autonomy as a constellation of experiences. A guide to collective creation and development of #training programmes for technical community promoters”.

:arrow_right:If you missed it, you can see it here:

:arrow_right: Download the guide here:

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Community Networks and education: where do they intersect during covid times?

Please see below an invitation to the Community Networks Tech-Talk webinar that the LocNet team will be facilitating this week on Friday, 28 May, at 15 UCT. We will have community networks builders sharing their experiences on ensuring education rights.

The 16th Wireless Community Weekend happened from 14 to 16 May.

A panel discussion on women in mesh networks is available here: - Women* in Mesh networks

Other panel and videos are available on Freifunk’ YouTube here:

And the full conference schedule is at