An early wireless card and home-made antenna made by Mike Jensen in the early 90s
Welcome to the 13th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.
1. APC is hiring
APC is looking for both individuals and organisations to join the new “Connecting the unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives” project. There are six positions available. The deadline to submit applications is 2 January 2019. Read an overview of the project here
The job openings are as follows.
- Opportunities for individuals
- Gender and women’s engagement coordinator. Read description here.
- Movement building coordinator. Read description here.
- Project administrative assistant. Read description here.
- Opportunities for institutions
- Regional coordination: The project will be primarily implemented through a peer community composed of community networks from three regions: Africa, Asia and Latin America.
- Africa regional coordinator. Read description here.
- Asia regional coordinator. Read description here.
- Latin America regional coordinator. Read description here.
- The “Connecting the unconnected” project is also seeking applications for the following grants. Find the descriptions below and read an overview here.
- Peer Community Member Grants: Twelve community network organisations (four in Africa, four in Asia and four in Latin America) will be selected and granted funding towards activities that create and foster a peer learning community.
In addition, funds referred to as “Pathfinder Grants” are available for peer community members to cover strategic gaps that can affect community network sustainability. Some examples of strategic gaps include technological expertise, business planning and feasibility studies.
CN APC Labs Technology Development Grants: Members of the peer community will have the opportunity to express specific technical needs which will be reviewed and discussed at the CN APC Labs inception meeting by those leading the development of software and hardware solutions for community networks and small-scale operators.
2. Calls for grants
- The Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity seeks new tools to deploy existing technologies to remote populations in a sustainable and affordable way. Find out how to submit a solution here.
- The Community-Oriented Connectivity Broadband Grant Program (Community Connect Grant Program) is designed to provide financial assistance to develop broadband service in rural, economically challenged communities where it does not currently exist. Read more.
3. Events and conferences
3.1. Upcoming events
3.2. Resources from past events
- [En español] Materiales del curso de redes comunitarias, Santo Domingo, 26-30 Noviembre 2018. Leer más aquí y aquí.
- The first re:publica event in Africa took place in Accra, Ghana on 14-15 December 2018. The conference featured several sessions on internet access and three specifically on community networks. Read more about the event here and descriptions of the sessions on community networks below.
- APC’s Steve Song advocates for new way of thinking about the problem of connecting everyone affordably. View the session here.
- “Community Networks: Increasing Participation in Public Dialogue”. Workshop led by Carlos Rey-Moreno and Steve Song. Read more.
- “I want to start a community network: What do I do?” Workshop facilitated by Carlos Rey-Moreno, Josephine Miliza, Tonny Okwonga and Nicolas Pace. Read more.
- The annual Freedom Online Conference was held on 28-30 November 2018 in Berlin. Read the conference outputs here.
5. News on policy and regulation
- [Espanol] AlterMundi obtiene la primera licencia de operador de redes comunitarias de Internet en Argentina. Leer más.
- APCNews has now published a total of five interviews as part of the “What’s new on the spectrum?” series, which explores spectrum policy and regulation in different regions. Find links for all the interviews in English, French and Spanish below.
- "With flexibility and creativity, spectrum can be used effectively”: A discussion with Karla Velasco Ramos and Erick Huerta
- “The tide is changing”: Exploring spectrum regulation and access with Carlos Rey-Moreno and Steve Song
- “We need more tools in the spectrum briefcase”: Discussing approaches to access with Mike Jensen
- “Let's make sure we can use it for what is needed”: A conversation with Peter Bloom from Rhizomatica
- "Regulation cannot be static: Flexibility is required to accompany technological advances" - A conversation with Carlos Afonso from Nupef
6. Reports and publications
6.1 Reports relevant to community networks and local access initiatives
- LibreRouter is a hardware and software project that aims to help communities build their own modern, robust mesh networks to make the most of their limited connectivity. Read more about the initiative here and check out a discussion forum here.
- Read the Executive Summary and Highlights from the Thirteenth Meeting of Internet Governance Forum, Paris, 12-14 November 2018 – IGF 2018 Chair's Summary. See page 7 to read how community networks have emerged as a concrete alternative to address the challenge of connecting the unconnected.
- A study on “Community Networks in Latin America: Challenges, Regulations and Solutions”.
7. Previous editions
- Previous editions of this newsletter are available here.