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Stories about Access

Students arrested for demanding internet facilities in Balochistan

A number of students were manhandled, baton-charged and arrested in Quetta, Balochistan, for protesting against non-availability of internet after their classes shifted online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Community networks and local access monthly newsletter – number 26

The June 2020 newsletter is part of the project titled, “Local Access Networks: Can the unconnected connect themselves?” developed by APC in partnership with Internet Society and Rhizomática.

COVID-19: Switching online is not an option in conflict-stricken countries in the Middle East

While the internet provides a lifeline in wealthy countries during COVID-19, this is not the case in conflict-stricken countries in the Middle East.

Community networks and local access monthly newsletter – number 24

The December 2019 newsletter is part of the project titled, “Local Access Networks: Can the unconnected connect themselves?” developed by APC in partnership with Internet Society and Rhizomática.

Exclusion in access to public information for marginalized groups in India

Subhashish Panigrahi highlights the challenges and opportunities relating to access to public information for marginalized groups in India.

Community networks and local access monthly newsletter – number 23

The October 2019 newsletter is part of the project titled, “Local Access Networks: Can the unconnected connect themselves?” developed by APC in partnership with Internet Society and Rhizomática.

Community networks and local access monthly newsletter – number 22

The September 2019 newsletter is part of the project titled, “Local Access Networks: Can the unconnected connect themselves?” developed by APC in partnership with Internet Society and Rhizomática.

Community networks and local access monthly newsletter – number 21

The August 2019 newsletter is part of the project titled, “Local Access Networks: Can the unconnected connect themselves?” developed by APC in partnership with Internet Society and Rhizomática.

Community networks and local access monthly newsletter – number 19

The June 2019 newsletter is part of the project titled, “Local Access Networks: Can the unconnected connect themselves?” developed by APC in partnership with Internet Society and Rhizomática.

“We can't just sit back and wait…”

A gender perspective was strongly emphasised in the creation of the community networks, with women from the communities actively involved from the very beginning.

Community networks and local access monthly newsletter – number 16

The March 2019 newsletter is part of the project titled, “Local Access Networks: Can the unconnected connect themselves?” developed by APC in partnership with Internet Society and Rhizomática.

How the cooperative model might serve an organisational model for community networks in Costa Rica and beyond

The community-run electric cooperative model used to develop community-run electricity services in Costa Rica is a possible business model for community networks in Latin America.

Where community networks may not go: E-commerce claims to bridge the rural-urban gap in China

China’s governance model forbids significant options for community networks outside the purview of the state. Thus state telecoms operators and state-supported e‑commerce companies have co-opted (or fenced off) niches that...