Community networks

A case for community networks
A case for community networks 01 August 2022 Shafali Jain

Internet user growth is slowing and varied attempts to address the problem of access – through traditional telecom models, private sector initiatives, state-led measures, philanthropy – have met with limited success. We must rethink how networks are built, owned, operated and utilised, and empowering local communities is key to this.

Supporting public policy frameworks for community-led approaches to addressing digital infrastructure needs in Cameroon
Supporting public policy frameworks for community-led approaches to addressing digital infrastructure needs in Cameroon 01 August 2022

The aim of this project is to build local capacity to catalyse more affordable and inclusive connectivity for underserved or excluded communities in low-income rural, urban and peri-urban areas. It aims to highlight the identified needs for changes to national and local regulations in order to help create an enabling environment for these complementary models, such as community networks.

Local Access: Women cultivating community networks
Local Access: Women cultivating community networks 28 July 2022 APCNews

Welcome to the 49th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks and community-based initiatives. In this edition, find out more about women's engagement in community networks in Africa and much more.

An indignant and idealistic young radio jockey in India empowers herself and others through community radio
An indignant and idealistic young radio jockey in India empowers herself and others through community radio 27 July 2022 Sarbani Banerjee Belur and Saisudha Sugavanam

Discover what the story of 28-year-old Shibani tells us about the women weaving connections and finding self-expression through community radio stations in India.

Interview with Risper Akinyi: Women cultivating community networks in Africa
Interview with Risper Akinyi: Women cultivating community networks in Africa 13 July 2022 Débora Prado

Risper Akinyi from the Tunapanda Institute in Kenya will be weaving connections among women engaged with community networks from different countries in the region during this year's Africa Internet Governance Forum, taking place 19-21 July in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Ethical selection of our internet access provider: Guide for users
Ethical selection of our internet access provider: Guide for users 17 June 2022 Pangea

This guide to selecting an internet service provider emphasises that there are other dimensions to consider if we are concerned with more than just prices and speed, such as the effect our decision has on local supply and the market, and environmental impact considerations.

Feminist by design and designed by diverse feminists
Feminist by design and designed by diverse feminists 13 June 2022 Bruna Zanolli and Débora Prado [1]

The project envisages the implementation of a Wi-Fi community network in quilombo Ribeirão Grande/Terra Seca by actively encouraging the involvement of the entire region in multiple workshops and knowledge exchanges. In this article, we focus on the gendered and racial aspects of our journey.

Seeding Change: Common Room’s challenges and joys while building a community network mid-pandemic in Indonesia
Seeding Change: Common Room’s challenges and joys while building a community network mid-pandemic in Indonesia 08 June 2022 APCNews

When the COVID-19 pandemic challenged the whole world, the experience of communities in the rural and remote Ciracap sub-district in West Java, Indonesia, showed the importance and power of building a local response to the crisis. Common Room fostered the deployment of the "Ciracap Sub-district Community Network", a connectivity infrastructure, in a region where people face many challenges to a...

Meaningful connectivity: Pledges to enable bottom-up and rights-based solutions
Meaningful connectivity: Pledges to enable bottom-up and rights-based solutions 06 June 2022 APCNews

Within the Partner2Connect Digital Coalition, APC was invited to be part of the "Empowering Communities" focus area lead. In that role, we have been highlighting the importance of commitment to policy, regulation and financial mechanisms to enable bottom-up and rights-based initiatives.

APC at the World Telecommunication Development Conference: Advocating for bottom-up and rights-based connectivity models
APC at the World Telecommunication Development Conference: Advocating for bottom-up and rights-based connectivity models 02 June 2022 APCNews

At the conference that will gather policy makers and regulators from around the world, APC will highlight the importance of policy, regulation and financial support to community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives.

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