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!
For all of you who are considering producing material to create more visibility of bottom up connectivity strategies with all their social and technological innovations, APC and Rhizomatica’s Nils and Cynthia have put together a set of guidelines to facilitate your work:
This might be worth a read for more general content productions in communities…
We hope this material will be useful for your work.