Infrastructure

Launch of the 2018 edition of GISWatch on community networks at the IGF

Like every year, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be the venue where the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) launches the new edition of its annual publication Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch). This year, the theme of the report is community networks, understood as “communication networks built, owned, operated and used by citizens in a participatory and open manner.”

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At the limits of the internet: Technology options for community networks

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Pangea, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Ninux, University of Trento

At the limits of the internet: Technology options for community networks1

Introduction

Community networks are kinds of networking infrastructures built to provide local and global connectivity to interconnect people and devices and transfer messages and content. As with other critical infrastructures, the challenge is to reach everyone and anything requiring connectivity. This relies on a combination of technologies to optimise affordability, complexity, quality and performance.

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Legal framework for community networks in Latin America

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Rhizomatica

Legal framework for community networks in Latin America

Introduction

Although community networks are not a recent phenomenon in Latin America, [1] they have very little regulatory oversight in the region, given that most of the legislation has focused on addressing the behaviour of large service providers and the markets in which they operate.

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Feminist infrastructures and community networks

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Vedetas, radiolive.org, Actantes, PPGS-IFCH/Unicamp, Rede Base Comum/Casa dos Meninos, Lavits, Labjor

Feminist infrastructure and community networks: An opportunity to rethink our connections from the bottom up, seeking diversity and autonomy

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Decentralising culture: The challenge of local content in community networks

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AlterMundi

Decentralising culture: The challenge of local content in community networks

Introduction: A bit of history

Our first steps with community networks go back to 2003, with the beginnings of BuenosAiresLibre. At that time, free networks were phenomena of big cities (Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Seattle, Portland, Berlin, Rome, etc.). They were set up mainly by “geeks”, the community that had ties to the free software movement.

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Oldalak

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