[DC3] Dynamic Coalition on Innovative Approaches to Connecting the Unconnected

Gui Iribarren gui at altermundi.net
Fri Nov 18 14:27:14 UTC 2016

On 17/11/16 20:07, Sharada Srinivasan wrote:
> Hi all, 
> I've been an observer on this group for a few months now and have been
> amazed by the breadth of the discussions. This seems like a good time to
> introduce myself. 
> My name is Sharada Srinivasan, and I'm a research fellow at the Center
> for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of
> Pennsylvania. I have a bachelor's degree in electrical and electronics
> engineering and a master's degree in public policy, both from
> universities in India. I work on a research project called 1 World
> Connected, which, as Carlos and Jane have mentioned, is seeking to
> develop case studies of different projects across the world that are
> engaged in connecting the unconnected. I do so by desk research and
> where possible, conducting interviews with pioneers of such projects.
> Community networks are one of our areas of focus, but the project also
> looks at other supply-side solutions such as TVWS deployments and rural
> ISPs, as well as demand-side initiatives such as those focused on
> digital literacy and local content development. We have an initial
> catalog of all such initiatives that we want to build case studies of
> over here: https://goo.gl/rZLsWN, and I am working steadily to build
> this out over the course of the next year. Indeed, you will notice that
> a number of the initiatives on the list are community networks, and I
> look forward to engaging with people on this list for the same at the IGF. 

I'm amused by the column "Demand/Supply", I think that's a good example
that gives this feeling about difference of perspectives ;)

I mean, at least some of the community networks listed (that I know,
like guifi.net, funkfeuer, freifunk) would not consider themselves
simple "Suppliers", or in the best case "demanders that are supplying
themselves", promoting local contents and such. So they would be on both
sides of that question.

But in general, the research project doesn't sound narrow-minded at all,
so I imagine you'll have fruitful exchanges with the DC3



> I am one of the members of the Dynamic Coalition on Innovative
> Approaches to Connecting the Unconnected. Professor Christopher Yoo,
> Helani Galpaya, Michael Kende and Rajan Mathews are the primary
> convenors of the dynamic coalition. I thought it might be useful to
> clarify here that the dynamic coalition from what I am aware of is aimed
> to be a lot broader than the specific research project and seeks to work
> with and gain input from as many members of the community as possible.
> Our case study work from the project feeds into the DC, and the excel
> sheet of projects we can cover is also open for input from the wider
> community (and has been shared on our DC mailing list, as well as
> others). The project is a time-limited one, we are hoping that the DC
> will remain as a forum for discussion and communication on these
> initiatives long after our project captures snapshots of work at a
> specific moment in time. So far through the DC, I have received input on
> sources to include and mine for case studies via the mailing list and
> input on literature I may not have yet read. 
> In response to Bob's question on metrics - we are waiting for more data
> to come in through case studies before fully crystallising our next
> stages in research. The case study development process has been shedding
> light on what kind of data is available on various connectivity projects
> right now, whether there are monitoring and evaluation techniques that
> are already in place, and how we should think about the same. 
> I look forward to meeting you all at the IGF, and learning from the DC3
> session as well as hopefully meeting you all in person as well. 
> Regards, 
> Sharada Srinivasan
> Research Fellow
> Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition, 
> University of Pennsylvania. 
> On 17 November 2016 at 08:03, Bob Frankston
> <Bob19-0501 at bobf.frankston.com <mailto:Bob19-0501 at bobf.frankston.com>>
> wrote:
>     I share your concerns. I did get a chance to speak to Michael Kende
>     at IGF last year and felt that he was able to get a sense of
>     connectivity outside of the traditional framing. But, overall, the
>     sense is that, indeed, they are accepting the traditional idea that
>     the Internet is basically just another telecom service and a series
>     of (water) pipes rather than a new infrastructure. When I see
>     mention of cost/benefit I wonder what metrics they are assuming.____
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>     <mailto:dc3-bounces at listas.altermundi.net>] *On Behalf Of *Raoul Plommer
>     *Sent:* Thursday, November 17, 2016 02:13
>     *To:* Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity
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>     *Subject:* Re: [DC3] Dynamic Coalition on Innovative Approaches to
>     Connecting the Unconnected____
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>     Very interesting Nico. We'll have to keep a close eye on them and
>     see that they are exposed in the way they should be.
>     It really feels like they're stealing our thunder and making it
>     profitable for those mega-corporations, instead of just giving
>     people free access. We'd really want some person to maintain the
>     database of networks and their solutions, once the material starts
>     coming in. I wonder, if we'd actually be able to use some of their
>     research and data for our more benevolent project.
>     -Raoul____
>     __ __
>     On 17 November 2016 at 09:04, Nicolás Echániz
>     <nicoechaniz at altermundi.net <mailto:nicoechaniz at altermundi.net>>
>     wrote:____
>         On 11/17/2016 03:45 AM, Raoul Plommer wrote:
>         > "We collate information from different sources, organize and
>         synthesize
>         > them using academic standards, and provide this information in
>         an easy,
>         > searchable and digestible form. Our commitment to academic
>         standards, as
>         > well as the fact that we are the first such initiative to make
>         an effort
>         > to compile such information, makes our work complementary to
>         the number
>         > of ongoing efforts."
>         >
>         > Well, I'll be damned. We obviously need to work together.
>         Well I wouldn't go that far :)
>         I see Facebook, Verizon, World Economic Forum as Dynamic
>         Coalition Speakers here:
>         http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/documents/igf-meeting/igf-2016/910-dc-connecting-the-unconnected-igf2016session/file
>         <http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/documents/igf-meeting/igf-2016/910-dc-connecting-the-unconnected-igf2016session/file>
>         and it makes me think: we can maybe share some work, but I don't
>         exactly imagine us working together as in with a common perspective.
>         I've been invited to a WEF organized event in Buenos Aires a
>         week ago framed in the Global Connect Initiative and the
>         Internet For All program. I can assure you there was almost no
>         one there sharing perspectives with most of the people I know
>         from our DC3. Lots of big telecos, banks, credit card companies,
>         etc. The words may sound similar but the focus is very different.
>         I guess it will be interesting to see what this Dynamnic
>         Coalition will actually be working on in the future.
>         Cheers,____
>         Nico
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