The focus of Series V is Community Network- Local Ecosystem and Social Entrepreneurship. Four live-recorded cases covering the CNs from the four different states of India. The first case was of the Community Network of Indigenous Tribes of Tea Gardens from Assam. The second case was of the Fishermen Community Network of Chirala, Andhra Pradesh. The third case was of the Apatani Tribes Ziro Valley Community Network from Arunachal Pradesh. The three cases covered how the Community Internet Library has been set up by the local people of Assam, Chirala, and Ziro Valley to provide internet connectivity and digital literacy to their communities. Since this was the last part of CNX, we added a fourth case. The fourth case is CR Bolo: IVR Enabled CN Mesh with Community Radio Bolo in Odisha. Responding to the cases and the presentations by the representatives of the Community Network, the panel was expected to broadly contribute to a discussion on the policy gaps in addressing the last mile connectivity at local, national, and regional levels.
The panel included Ritu Srivastava (Director, Jadeite Solutions), Jane Coffin (Chief Community Officer, Connect Humanity), Dr. Syed S. Kazi (Director, Council for Social and Digital Development), Mohd. Niyaz (Founder, Development Institute for Scientific Research, Health & Agriculture (DISHA)), Sree Divya Vadlapudi (Digital Communication Strategist, Digital Empowerment Foundation), Fauziya Nasim (Network Engineer Specialist Trainer, Digital Empowerment Foundation), Nani Monya (Ziro Wireless), Amir Rahman (Project Manager Network, Digital Empowerment Foundation), Austin Macklin Kawa (Senior Project Officer, Digital Empowerment Foundation). The discussion was moderated by Rajnesh Singh, Regional Vice-President, Asia-Pacific, Internet Society and Osama Manzar, Founder-Director, Digital