Community networks on the web

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

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In this second year of living in times of unequal global health crisis, this special edition of show how intersectional approaches in community networks have been transforming realities by embodying infrastructures of resistance and bringing hope to their communities:

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SPACE: The mentorship programme that seeks to address gendered experiences in access-related policy and regulation building

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Gender and community networks

The Centre for Information technology and development (CITAD) convened a one-day consultative meeting on gender and community networks. This piece brings their observations and recommendations:

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The essence of community networks is more than the infrastructure. It’s giving communities power to self-determination, to build/adapt/use technologies that reflect their values, needs and priorities.
@josephine.miliza / KICTANet

Great news from Colnodo about the ‘Weinüin Walapüin’ community network in Colombia:

Super interesting contribution from @sol / ISOC on assessing community network readiness and planning and building the network.