Community Network Webinars and Events!

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

Osmocom, one of the projects that is leading the open source mobile telephony technologies that community networks are using, is having regular calls about how the software is progressing.

Their recordings can be found here:

Particularly, the last one was a presentation from one of the well-known community networks TIC A.C from México by Keith about “Screen Sharing peek at TIC A.C. infrastructure in Oaxaca”

TIC A.C. is an operator of Osmocom based community cellular networks in
indigenous communities of the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Keith works with
Rhizomatica and TIC A.C. and will give us some live insight into how
they operate

More information about OsmoDevCall, including the schedule for further upcoming events can be found at OsmoDevCall - Osmocom Conferences (OsmoDevCon, OsmoCon, OsmoDevCall) - Open Source Mobile Communications

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The Second EU-Brazil Conference on Digital Economy and Innovation: Connectivity and New Digital Infrastructures, organized by the Center for Technology and Society at FGV, in partnership with EU institutions, happened on 18 June.

It is possible to watch it at FGV’ YouTube here:

Further information on the participants and topics covered is available here

Essential Tools and Resources for Community Networks
Dear All,

French below

This is a final reminder to join the first session of the Summit on Community Networks in Africa season 2021/2022 tomorrow, Wednesday July 28 at 12:00 UTC.

The event, organized by Internet Society and the Association for Progressive Communications will share important tools, resources, regulatory and policy insights.

The session will give participants an opportunity to share some challenges and recommend tools that may be needed to address those gaps. Our thanks to Mozilla for supporting this session.

Chers tous,

Ceci est un denier rappel pour rejoindre la première session du Sommet les réseaux communautaires en Afrique de la saison 2021/2022 demain mercredi le 28 juillet à 12h00 UTC.

L’événement, organisé par Internet Society et l’Association for Progressive Communications, partagera des outils et des ressources importants ainsi que des idées sur la réglementation et les politiques.

La session donnera aux participants l’occasion de partager certains défis et de recommander des outils qui pourraient être nécessaires pour combler ces lacunes. Merci à Mozilla d’avoir soutenu cette session.

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This master class during the Africa Law Tech Festival 2021 discussed how regulators can better support community networks that are working to connect themselves, and the roles lawyers can play in pushing forward innovative and inclusive frameworks at the national level.

Taking place on the 5 July, it highlighted that the digital divide shows that the current approach to access is leaving too many behind. Remote regions or those with low population density, and low-income rural and even urban areas, are not profitable for large operators.

The video is available here: Africa Law Tech Festival 2021 Day 1 Live Recording - YouTube

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This Thursday (29 July), the “Lightning Talks sessions about Community Networks Technology” gathered different people who do the community networks activities to bring up the technology-related topics we need to talk about.

The recording is available here:

Find out more and join the post-event conversation:

On 28 July, Latin American initiatives came together to debate how to create community networks. In three different sessions, they discussed 1) why building community networks, 2) infrastructure and deployment aspects and 3) the sustainability of a CN.

The records are available at the links below (the sessions were held in Spanish and Portuguese):

Session 1: ¿Por qué una red comunitaria? - YouTube
Session 2: Diseño e infraestructura de una red comunitaria - YouTube
Session 3: Sostenibilidad de una red comunitaria - YouTube


Les compartimos muy felices que del 16 de agosto al 3 de septiembre realizaremos la versión virtual del Campamento del Programa de Formación de Promotoras y Promotores Técnicos en Comunidades Indígenas en Telecomunicaciones y Radiodifusión.

En este marco tendremos algunas actividades abiertas que transmitiremos por el canal de YouTube de REDES AC: REDES AC - YouTube

La programación de los eventos por semana están en las imágenes que adjunto y las charlas quedarán grabadas en nuestro canal.

Ojalá nos encontremos por esos lares y nos ayudaría mucho si nos apoyan compartiendo esta información.

Un abrazo!

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The EsLaRed Foundation announces the 24th Workshop on Internet Network Technologies for Latin America and the Caribbean (WALC). The event will be held from November 15 to 19, 2021 under the online mode. Pre-registration is open as of this moment and all the details can be obtained by visiting the official site of the event.

La Fundación EsLaRed anuncia el 24º Taller sobre Tecnologías de Redes Internet para América Latina y el Caribe (WALC). El evento se realizará del 15 al 19 de noviembre del 2021 bajo la modalidad online. Las preinscripciones están abiertas a partir de este momento y pueden conseguirse todos los detalles visitando sitio oficial del evento.

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We would like to invite you to a series of upcoming online events with community network builders from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

During three regional sessions, taking place between 26 August and 2 September, the 2021/2022 grantees of the Local Networks initiative (LocNet) will present their grant projects to other grantees, peers and partners.

Find out more and confirm your attendance below:

:black_small_square: Asia: 26th of August | 10-11:30 UTC

:black_small_square:Africa: 1st of September | 13-14:30 UTC

:black_small_square: Latin America: 2nd of September | 14-15:30 UTC

Community Network Week in LAC

This year, instead of a summit, Internet Society will promote a Community Network Week in LAC in October, in which resources will be gathered, promoted and made available for people in the region.

In the form below, people and organisations can share their resources, such as blog posts, videos, reports, stories, and discussion and other that can show the progress and challenges in community networks in the region:

@joao pls share more information :slight_smile: