COMMUNITY NETWORK EXCHANGE 2018

‘The role of community networks and community radios in leveraging public wi-fi in Asia Pacific’

September 2018

CONNECTING COMMUNITIES

No one can escape from the absolute need of technology in our daily life today.With the development of low-cost hardware for wireless networking-based on IEEE 802.11b, wireless networks are an emerging technology. This technology opens the possibility of building a network without having the problems associated with, and the cost of putting some sort of physical transmission medium in the ground.

In the past five years, increasing penetration of the Internet and digital media, particularity in developing countries, has driven incredible growth in the number of individuals expressing themselves, engaging, socialising and conducting business online. Across the world, there are more than 100 community network models using alternative and bottom-up approach to create community-driven infrastructure as a substitute — or to complement — the classic top-down operator-driven paradigm.

Some of these networks are located in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Mexico), the Africa (South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Congo), Asia Pacific (India, Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia, Australia, Afghanistan, etc.) the US, and Europe (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Greece, Sweden, Croatia). They provide Internet services in remotest of locations of their respective countries, utilising varying technology, tools, regulations and socio-economic &cultural conditions.

CNX 2018

The first edition of CNX identified synergies between community networks and community radios. As community radios work within a community, they understand the local scenarios and are able to produce content that is relevant to the community they operate in. Taking the recommendations from the first Summit, CNX 2018 will focus on synergies between community radios and community networks.

The theme of Community Network Xchange (CNX) 2018 will be ‘Role of community networks and community radios in leveraging public wi-fi in Asia Pacific countries’. This year’s CNX will focus on the role that community radios and community networks can play in creating public wi-fi spaces in Asia Pacific.

REPORT 2017

COMMUNITY NETWORK XCHANGE Asia Pacific

UNDERSTANING SOCIAL & ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY
APPROACHES OF COMMUNITY NETWORKS IN ASIA PACIFIC

10 Community Networks
7 Countries
40 Participants

VISION

To constantly empower communities, especially marginalised and information-dark communities throughout Asia Pacific Region, with the power of information and know-how of community networks.

OBJECTIVES

Training & Exchange

To develop a comprehensive and self-contained guide to strengthen grassroots expertise by training community members in basic wireless technology; to enable individuals (barefoot engineers) to not only to run and manage these networks but to also further transfer their skills to others creating a multiplier effect; to organise country-level exchange programmes for learners and barefoot wireless network engineers who can visit and engage in other country networks and learn from their experiences.

Knowledge & Network

To organise annual CNX Summits to engage community network providers across the world to share their learnings, experiences and technological innovations on one platform; to create a consortium of community network providers and social funds for the purpose of sustainability in Asia; to provide support to community network gatherings and hands-on work meetings at regional level for advocating and addressing regional policy issues and challenges; to share recommendations from the summit at other international forums such as Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), among others.

Policy & Advocacy

To discuss sustainable business models around community networks with sound understanding of social and economic challenges; to identify various issues such as spectrum, technological, regulatory, content andlocalisation, among others, that need to be addressed in the national and international framework of policies; to develop a series of policy briefing papers that focus on regulatory issues that need to be addressed; to make community networks visible to policy makers so that they can be considered as an actor within the telecommunications ecosystem.

ORGANIZING PARTNERS 2017

ADDITIONAL PARTNER