Community networks on the web

People from 10 Latin American countries participated in this program organized by the ITU in collaboration with many organizations. The camp was developed in Cuetzalan del Progreso, Puebla, with the support of the Union de Cooperativas Tosepan Titataniske


“Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Why is research on community networks necessary?”

One of the first short summaries of the exploratory research that was completed in 2018 and 2019 around the benefits of, and challenges facing, small-scale, community-based connectivity projects.

If a community wants to start a Community Network but lacks the bootstrap fund, maybe The Awesome Foundation can help with the first U$S1000.

The WikiCred Initiative is thrilled to announce a program of microgrants of up to $10,000 for the purpose of exploring the roles the Wikimedian community can play in supporting credibility on the Internet.

Wonderful, timely article by Ramon Roca on community networks in the context of COVID-19:

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The Internet Society plans to hold a session on How Internet Access Can Preserve Native Cultures, that will feature Darrah Blackwater, Matt Rantanen, and Madeleine Redfern – this April 14th at 3:30pm ET / 12:30pm PT / 9:30am HT

El programa FRIDA financia proyectos relacionados con Redes Comunitarias, y tienen abierta una convocatoria hasta Mayo:

Website with resources, news, and some of the community networks experiences in Colombia

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Althea has done a call related to how to respond to COVID in their networks:

NGI-POINTER ’ aims to find ambitious “ NGI architects ” to change the underlying fabric of the internet and the web, by supporting promising bottom-up projects that are able to build, on top of state-of-the-art research, scalable protocols and tools to assist in the practical transition or migration to new or updated technologies, whilst keeping European Values at the core.

Critical civil society organizations fight inequality, protect the public, and partner with the public sector to serve its citizens. In the era of ubiquitous technology, it’s paramount that civil society also work to address societal issues, as they converge with the digital world. Building capacity at the intersection of technology and society will help ensure the relevance and sustainability of these institutions.

Nupef has done several interviews to community members from the community networks they support:

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The Internet Society held a session on How Internet Access Can Preserve Native Cultures.

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How the Decentralized Web Camp managed to build a mesh for 450 attendants.


Understanding community networks through comics

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Connecting Isolated Communities: Quantitative Evidence on the Adoption of Community Cellular Networks in the Philippines, the work undertaken by the University of the Philipines and the University of Washington.

WebRecorder has released their desktop version, webrecorder-desktop, that greatly enhances the usability.
With WebRecorder you can take a cache a browsing session and bring it with you, so not only you but all your Community Network can make use of it.

Brazil acknowledges community networks as viable option for connectivity

When telecommunications services are available in remote areas, the cost is often exorbitant, or the quality of the internet is poor. As such, when Brazil’s telecommunications regulatory body, Anatel, announced community networks as a viable option for internet service in the country on 15 January 2020, it meant that there was finally a regulated third option for Brazilians to reach connectivity. Read more on Brazilian interviews on their feedback about the new regulation:

Article in Portuguese about Community Networks, partnered with Nupef in Penalva and Marrecas, Brazil titled ‘INTERNET DAS PESSOAS: Como excluídos digitais brasileiros cansaram de esperar e criaram a própria rede’