3rd Community Network Exchange 2019 workshop has organized in south indian village
Internet Society and India based Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) has organized 3rd Community Network Exchange 2019 with the theme of Community Networks & the Internet of People, a workshop on achieving affordable & accessible internet for all. The program has organized in two south Indian community villages near by Banglore city, Karnataka and Hindupur Andra Pradesh.
Considering the trends across worldwide, the Internet is pretty much becoming subject to the whims and fancies of telcos besides the fact that they do not reach each and every corner of any country. Also seen that once the Internet shutdown or censored, almost all modes of communication also get subjugated and compromised. This raises the question whether internet is owned by handful of people or people own the internet in real sense.
One of the ways to deliver that access is through community networks – they are complementary method to provide the internet connectivity across various economies, sectors and technologies. Community networks also are a way to develop future business by creating “digitally savvy” communities, hungry for more local content and additional services. These often are not super high-tech networks.
Taking the recommendations from the last year CNX 2018, community leaders from different AP regional countries have discussed on how ‘Community Networks’ as a technological alternative and infrastructurally independent can be looked at as an alternative to the Internet for people’s communications system.