Community Connectivity: empowering the unconnected

07 December 2016 - A Workshop on Guadalajara,Mexico


This round table will discuss existing examples of community networks in order to identify the main challenges that such connectivity model may face with regard to (i) policy and regulation; (ii) self governance and sustainability models; (iii) deployment, software and hardware technology iv) how to strengthen community networks collectively.

The goal of the workshop is to expand knowledge and share lessons learned about the topic and elaborate concrete suggestions for topics and lines of action that may be used to nurture the work of the Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity

The workshop will utilise an interactive-roundtable format aimed at allowing participants to understand the issues at stake thanks to concise presentations by experts. Emphasis of the dialogue will be on the current state of Community Network challenges and reality.

The meeting will be divided in three moments: 1) presentation of concrete problems and challenges, 2) approaches to solutions based on community network experiences, 3) general discussion with the public aimed at jointly crafting key recommendations.

Speakers Include

  • Jane Coffin, ISOC          
  • Mike Jensen, APC
  • Lee Hibbard, Council of Europe  
  • Osama Manzar, Digital Empowerment Foundation
  • Leandro Navarro, / Technical University of Catalonia
  • Carlos Rey-Moreno, University of the Western Cape
  • Nicolás Echániz, Altermundi
  • Luca Belli, Center for Technology & Society at FGV