News from the Field – January 2019

We are delighted to introduce the January 2019 newsletter to help keep you updated on our latest news.

Last year, our Chapterthon 2018 – Internet of Things (IoT) was a huge success. 43 Chapters and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) from across the globe worked alongside to bring awareness on IoT to their communities. Congratulations to the winner, the Benin Chapter, for their IoT LowHightech connected object workshop, and to all participant Chapters. Download the Chapterthon 2018 brochure.

We are also pleased to share the outcome of the amazing projects that in 2017 have worked hard to improve their communities through the Internet. Download the Impact Report 2017.

Thanks to all the grantees for their efforts to complete their projects, and for showing that through commitment and hard work, we can shape the future!

News from the field

Argentina Chapter | Regional IXP Network

On November 16, 2018, the interconnection node of the National Internet Network was inaugurated. 29 IXP points are now allowing traffic to be exchanged regionally without going through Buenos Aires. The initiative will reduce costs of connectivity and benefit more than 15 million users.

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Finland Chapter | New Digital Rights MOOC

On January 15, 2019, a free online course was held in partnership with Open Knowledge Finland and the Finnish Foreign Ministry, to help citizens learn new skills and improve their digital lives. 33 people attended the online event. Two additional webinars will be held on February 5 and 12, 2019.

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Paraguay Chapter | Colegio Técnico Nacional de Asunción

252 high school students in electronics at the National Technical College of Asunción now benefit from an equipped research laboratory for robotics, automation, e-learning systems, and IoT. The lab is available to students for 80% of the school year.

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Sri Lanka Chapter | Girls in Technology

To increase schoolgirls’ participation in emerging technology careers, 44 university girls were trained using Microbit electronic IoT kits during a workshop and two boot camps, and with the help of university students, 120 schoolgirls were trained in coding and IoT.

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Tanzania Chapter | Piloting the Use of White Space TV for CN

The Tanzania Chapter, in collaboration with the Dodoma University, organised their first community network to pilot the use of television white space technology in Tanzania. 45 participants attended the two-day event with facilitators from Kenya, Uganda and Argentina.

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Greece | Sarantaporo Community Networks

The rural Greek village of Sarantaporo installed 16 new wireless devices for P2P links in the backbone network and deployed 30 mesh wireless devices in the access network, reaching 125 node owners. 52 locals were trained about CN architecture during 6 workshops.

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Last Events

Zimbabwe IoT Meetup

On December 6, 2018, an Internet of Things (IoT) meetup was held on the basis that a multi-stakeholder approach is necessary in order to push forward the IoT Security agenda. The event saw more than 20 new Chapter members.

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Pakistan Islamabad Chapter | pkSIG 2018

55 participants attended the 4th edition of The Pakistan School on Internet Governance. A four-day learning course was held in Karachi from September 3-6, 2018, covering the political and technological dimensions of Internet governance in Pakistan.

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South Africa Gauteng Chapter | CN Workshop

On December 14, 2018, the welivered in partnership with the Soweto Wireless User Group and the Zuri Foundation. Theorkshop, “Why Community Networks Matter”, was d session introduced participants to the basic infrastructure required for setting up a community network.

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Blog Stories

Helping Rural Libraries in Armenia to Embrace the Digital Age

The pilot project helped to address the needs of rural libraries in Armenia by installing 16 Wi-Fi routers and 120 computers equipped with library management programs. 200 hours were spent on software installations and 70 librarians trained.

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How Telemedicine is Impacting Healthcare in Rural Nepal

Thanks to the project, “Effective Broadband for Health”, the Dullu Hospital is now equipped with two portable health kits. The kits have been tested on 50 patients by storing their records to remotely track their diagnoses, prognoses, and recovery progress.

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A Spring of Knowledge in Kyrgyzstan

Bilim Bulagy is a digital library for schools and public libraries containing Wikipedia in the Kyrgyz language, Russian and English, thousands of video lessons, and ebooks. Thanks to a low-cost Orange Pi-based device developed by the Chapter, all digital learning materials are available offline.

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Community Networks SIG | LibreRouter

LibreRouter, created in partnership by the CNSIG and AlterMundi, is a weatherproof multi-radio wireless router designed to help the deployment and maintenance of community networks. The LibreRouter was presented at the Internet Governance Forum 2018 in Paris.

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