New Research Article on initial data usage measures for a community network based in Cape Town, South Africa:
Phokeer, A., Hadzic, S., Nitschke, E., Van Zyl, A., Johnson, D., Densmore, M., & Chavula, J. (2020, June). iNethi Community Network: A first look at local and Internet traffic usage. In Proceedings of the 3rd ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies (pp. 342-344).
From the abstract:
iNethi is a community wireless network based in a township within Cape Town, South Africa.
-“Initial usage clearly indicates a demand for Internet-based external services and, to a lesser extent, local services.”
-“We observed that a large proportion of data is being consumed by software or antivirus updates.” https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3378393.3402289
Tréguer, F., & de Rosnay, M. D. (2020). The Political Defence of the Commons: The Case of Community Networks. tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society , 18 (2), 560-574.
From the Abstract:
“This article reflects on experiences of political advocacy which have been led by Community Networks activists in Germany, France and Spain to support the sustainability of bottom-up initiatives aiming at building community-owned telecom infrastructures, or “telecom-mons””
An investigation on multi-stakeholder relations and understanding of ownership from the onset of a community network project is critical in the establishment of a CN.
Farao, J., Burse, M., Mthoko, H., & Densmore, M. (2020, March). Stakeholder Relations and Ownership of a Community Wireless Network: The Case of iNethi. In International Conference on Innovations and Interdisciplinary Solutions for Underserved Areas (pp. 176-191). Springer, Cham.
A story from Lilian Achom (thanks for letting us share!) on her journey with AfChix, which includes her appreciation for four women-led community networks:
-Lanet Umoja Community Network (Kenya),
-Ait Izdeg Community Network (Morocco),
-Groot-Aub Community Network (Namibia) and
-WELM@ Community Network (Senegal)
as well as links to the Women’s Connect challenge work… Also shout outs to Tunapanda and Bosco Uganda!