Community networks on the web

Three new community networks are helping safeguard communities in rural Brazil

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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.

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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

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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?

https://wiki.redescomunitarias.colnodo.apc.org/index.php?title=Metodología

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:

https://www.kictanet.or.ke/mdocs-posts/gendered-impact-of-covid19-on-women-in-kibera/

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

https://www.apc.org/en/blog/seeding-change-citad-advocates-inclusive-education-and-access-information-nigeria

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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:

Course guides Brazilian community networks on how to get legal recognition

This piece from CITAD brings the highlights of a civil society consultative meeting on community networks convened by them. The meeting, attended by over 40 CSOs from different parts of the country was held online using zoom on July 27 was meant to sensitize them on the importance of community networks as a tool for addressing the digital divide.

https://www.citad.org/communique-issued-at-the-end-of-a-one-day-civil-society-consultative-meeting-on-community-networks-convened-by-centre-for-information-technology-and-development-citad/

The Murambinda Works community network connects the district headquarter offices and spans a radius of 40 kilometers up to Nerutanga along Chivu Road. It has earned the name Murambinda Works through a public communications access system that reaches beyond the town itself, covering a population of 108,000, and providing accessible and affordable Internet to underserved communities in Buhera North and West.

A politics of difference: This article from REDES A.C. reflects on the scope of the Mexican Supreme Court thesis against the charge for spectrum use rights (available in Spanish):

On 13 January 2021, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the communities, in a unanimous decision that they would be exempt from such charges, in a legal challenge brought by Telecomunicaciones Indígenas Comunitarias A.C. (TIC AC).

18 August 2021 event
Asia-Pacific Regional Community Networks Summit

“In the shadow of the continuing global pandemic, and the heavy reliance on digital technologies that has created for all sectors, ESCAP and ISOC is reconvening the 2021 edition in support of the implementation of pillar 1 (Connectivity) of the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (AP-IS) initiative.”

URL: Asia-Pacific Regional Community Networks Summit 2021 - Innovating policymaking to connect the unconnected | ESCAP

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Community networks from Asia, Africa and Latin America gather online to share experiences, learnings and resources

https://www.apc.org/en/news/community-networks-asia-africa-and-latin-america-gather-online-share-experiences-learnings-and

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LAC internet access projects selected by FRIDA/LACNIC

FRIDA, LACNIC’s Regional Fund for the Strengthening of the Internet in Latin America and the Caribbean, announced the winners of its annual call for proposals, including some initiatives related to community networks.

On the Internet Access category, the “Pilot Project for Television White Space Technology in Montes de María, Colombia” by ADITUM S.A.S. took the award for its proposal on alternative access models.

And the projects selected as grant recipients were:

  • “4G Community Network,” by Telecomunicaciones Indígenas Comunitarias, A.C., Mexico;
  • “LibreRouter V2.0: Evolving Technological Sovereignty," by Asociación Civil AlterMundi, Argentina;
  • “Community Communications Networks for Strengthening the Circular Economy and Social Exchange in La Macarena, Meta,” bu Asociación Colnodo, Colombia;
  • “Reducing the Digital Divide in Vulnerable Populations in the City of Córdoba through the Use of WIFI and Unlicensed LTE Technology,” by the City of Córdoba.

More information can be found here:

19 Oct 2021 Costa Rica project helps to promote Cabécar culture, language

A project with Sula Batsu with partnership with WACC and APC.

“La antena de las mujeres (Women’s Antenna), seeks to address this challenge by establishing a local community network that will provide Cabecar women the tools to integrate young people in knowledge exchange processes using digital technologies”

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Seeding change: Creating a digital community network with the Ju|’hoan people in Namibia

This catalytic project built a digital community network for the Ju|’hoan people living in the remote Nyae Nyae Conservancy in Namibia. The team involved worked together with the community to co-design an offline social network that allowed the Ju|'hoansi people to exchange audio recordings, including ones about gardening challenges and practices to produce their food. Beyond overcoming the many access challenges faced in the region, their experience highlighted the value of technologies co-designed in a community-oriented approach and the importance of local content sharing.

Find out more: Seeding change: Creating a digital community network with the Ju|’hoan people in Namibia | Association for Progressive Communications