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Wednesday, December 7 • 15:00 - 16:30
WS238: Community Connectivity: empowering the unconnected.

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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, guifi.net / Technical University of Catalonia
  • Carlos Rey-Moreno, University of the Western Cape
  • Nicolás Echániz, Altermundi
  • Luca Belli, Center for Technology & Society at FGV

Session Organizers
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Luca Belli

Professor and Head of CyberBRICS.info, FGV Law School
Luca Belli, PhD is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School and associated researcher at the Centre de Droit Public Comparé of Paris 2 University. He focuses on the regulation of Internet access, data protection (particularly regarding... Read More →
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Nicolas Echaniz

Nicolas Echaniz is President of AlterMundi. He has been involved in Community Networks for over a decade. Nicolas co-designed the multi-radio mesh network model that AlterMundi shares with communities willing to build their own communications infrastructure. He co-designed the LibreMesh... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 15:00 - 16:30 CST
Workshop Room 2 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico