Community networks on the web

The Community Networks session held on 16 March at MozFest is now available online here: MozFest 2021 The Future of Community Networks - YouTube


This piece is a group reflection of a project run in Bidar, India, to set up a community mesh network facilitated by Living Labs Network and Forum, and Janastu/Servelots.

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Common Room created a wiki as Covid-19 response, gathering information about vaccination in the country in the local language (available in Bahasi Indonesian):

The Brazilian feminist org MariaLab launched two guides on feminist infrastructures, one focused on community networks and the other on servers. The publications reflect the content of courses promoted by MariaLab for women in Brazil and seek to share knowledge with more women (available in Portuguese):

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Indígenas y excombatientes se unen para llevar internet al Cauca

13 Feb 2021



a beautiful a photo-report on the experience of RedINC in Colombia:

RedINC: oportunidades, conectividad y la esperanza de un territorio rural de Colombia

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Inscrições para a Rede Moinho

This CN created a local newspaper as well as local market fair to bring the community together during these difficult pandemic times: Jornal do Moinho (@jornaldomoinho) • Instagram photos and videos

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Mike Jensen from APC speaks as a panellist in a webinar: “Catching Technological Waves: Innovation with Equity, the Role of Civil Activism” on Thursday, April 08, 2021”
where there is the launch of the “UNCTAD Technology and Innovation Report 2021: The role of civil activism”
See his presentation at 1:14 -

Mike speaks about communities interest to self-provisioning of connectivity where they have given up waiting for affordable broadband to arrive in their rural or remote areas. He also speak to the need for affordable devices being built by open source communities such as the open hardware LibreRouter and how there is an explorations of how to take such devices to economies of scale.


A statement with recommendations for an appropriate policy to encourage the flourishing of community networks in Nigeria Community Network: Tending to Our Communities’ Needs with Care and Flexibility

This edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) seeks to understand the constructive role that technology can play in confronting the crises. It disrupts the normative understanding of technology being an easy panacea to the planet’s environmental challenges and suggests that a nuanced and contextual use of technology is necessary for real sustainability to be achieved.

This thematic report highlights community networks as a people- and environment-centred approach to connectivity:

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Common Room and their incredible work are highlighted in Internet Society!!


2021 academic article:
Re-imagining Communication in Africa and the Caribbean - Global South Issues in Media, Culture and Technology | Hopeton S. Dunn | Palgrave Macmillan

Book Chapter: Decolonising in the Gaps: Community Networks and the Identity of African Innovation Nicola J. Bidwell

Three new community networks are helping safeguard communities in rural Brazil


Zimbabwe officiating the Murambinda Works Community Network:

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ISOC just published a piece highlighting the work of the Digital Empowerment Foundation in India, including how they are building CNs (150 of them and counting!) and training people in the country.


Just came across this article (in Spanish) on San Pablo Libre in Colombia San Pablo, la vereda que se conecta a internet sin ayuda de operadores | EL ESPECTADOR
Their website: San Pablo Libre – Red FusaLibre


Thanks for sharing @infrared !
Speaking of Colombia, have you seen this methodology wiki put together by Colnodo in their experiences of accompanying some of the community networks in the country?ía

I love how they start the discussion with this …" una red comunitaria es más que un proyecto, es un tejido que está compuesto por personas, tecnologías, acuerdos, que se entrelazan en relaciones que constituyen la red."

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