Community networks on the web

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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Gendered Impact of COVID19 on Women in Kibera

This report looks at the impact of COVID 19 on women in Kibera, provides key recommendations and highlights the role of community-centric approaches, such as community networks and communities of care, in supporting women during and beyond the pandemic :slight_smile:

Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) is a partner who are pushing efforts for enabling the community network ecosystem.

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Connecting Communities in Mexico

Find out more about REDES A.C projects in the field of wireless networks, community intranets, WiFi and community GSM networks at this blog from 48percent:

Hi @joao, I also found this one about Dr Kanchana Kanchana Out works to connect rural communities in Thailand very interesting:

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This article from Karla Prudencio and Peter Bloom brings important reflections and invite us to rethink internet governance frameworks, and human rights frameworks more generally, to be more inclusive of the complex, intersectional issues regarding connectivity access:

Also available in Spanish: Mantenlo análogo: parámetros para una exclusión voluntaria de la conectividad // rhizomatica

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CITAD Tasks NCC on Special Licensing Consideration For Community Networks

This statement from CITAD highlights community networks as an important and innovative approach to be considered as part of the licensing review planned by the national regulator:

And it is getting considerable media coverage in the country: