The BeyondTheNet Medium and Large Projects call is open till 2018-05-15
, so we have aproximately one month to present proposals, both at the
local chapters and as a SIG:
25 projects out of ~200 projects were accepted last year based on
estimations done using the data here:
And of those, 7 were about CN related topics.
Access and Development is one of the key areas for this call, and this
makes projects associated with Community Networks of special interest,
and of course the other key areas: Standards, Policy and Enabling
Discussing with NicoE we see that this a big opportunity for us as
Group of CNs speaking by themselves:
* a chance for all of us to get an important push by this fund
* an opportunity for the CNSIG to show that we represent the interests
of the Communities, and to help the Local Chapters acknowledge and
validate this representation
* the chance to coordinate efforts among ourselves to augment our
chance to do impact
* a way for us to speak strongly about what are our needs and our way
of dealing with them
For that, would like to propose:
* let each other know who wants to participate and on what you might be
interested in participating
* if possible, work together on common areas
* split projects in network deployment kickstart/scaling and local
capacity building projects (more tightly coupled to a Chapter), and
technology development projects (more associated to a collective
benefit, would say to the whole SIG).
* do endorcement letters for all projects that came from members of the
* announce in the cnsig.info page the projects that have been submitted
What do you think?
Also, would like to send this Questions to ask to Beyond The Net fund
(Ilda I guesS):
* Is there a minimum or maximum amount of projects going to be approved
for each chapter/SIG? This will allow us to strategize properly how to
ask for the funds.
* Is there a minimum or maximum amount of projects going to be approved
for each Focus Area (CN, Standards, Policy, Sustainability) per
Chapter/SIG? That will allow us to push the idea that CNSIG endorsed
projects should be approved.
* Can global actors work together in proposals and present them in
different regions for applying them in their respective regions? That
will allow us to write proposals together instead of individually, and
do a collective plan that has local implementation.
FYI The list of presented projects, and rejection/approval, can be seen
Apparently only June-2017 were loaded there.
I wanted to let you know that Monic Meisel from Freifunk as well as
Ramón Roca and Roger Baig from guifi.net have been subscribed to this
Monic, Ramón and Roger, the CNSIG is a young group we created during
december 2017 and we are currently in the process of defining the
roadmaps for the working groups.
The 4 groups are:
1) Policy and regulation (coordinator: Thiago Novaes)
2) Technical (coordinator: NicoEchániz)
3) Training, capacity building and knowledge sharing (no coordinator)
4) Social impact (coordinator: Panayotis Antoniadis
Feel free to join any of these groups (each one has it's own mailing
list) and also do invite members from your communities that could be
interested in these areas of work.
Our next meeting hasn't been scheduled yet. We have been using Mumble
for the audio calls. It will be announced here.
Please ask here anything you need.
I'm forwarding this invitation so we can discuss our participation.
I'm thinking Sol or someone else based in Africa could be a good initial
candidate... but of course that depends on the will and availability of
our members based in the region.
-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: 2018 ISOC African Chapters' Advocacy Meeting: Invitation to
apply for Travel Fellowship.
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:40:35 +0000
From: Victor Ndonnang
Dear Leaders of ISOC Community Networks SIG,
Congratulations! Your SIG is eligible to send a representation to
the 2018 African Chapters’ Advocacy Meeting
As announced recently, the 2018 African Chapters’ Advocacy Meeting
take place on 19-21 June 2018 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.* As you know, the
Chapter’s advocacy meeting is an opportunity is to discuss key Internet
issues <https://www.internetsociety.org/key-issues/> and empower our
chapters/SIG to advocate at the local and regional level.
The focus of this year’s meeting will be Community Networks
<https://www.internetsociety.org/issues/community-networks/> and how the
ISOC’s new campaign model (see 2018 action plan
<https://www.internetsociety.org/action-plan/2018/>) will manifest in
terms of local and regional activities. The meeting will happen
alongside the Community Networks Workshop organized by ISOC and hosted
by the African Union Commission. This will offer the attendees the
opportunity to participate in the Community Networks Workshop on 19 and
20 June 2018.
The Internet Society will be able to offer on competitive basis a travel
fellowship to one (1) representative from your Chapter/SIG to
participate in this meeting. All interested candidates (chapter/SIG
leader or member) *must complete the below fellowship application form
30 April 2018.*
All applicants should be:
* A member of the Internet Society.
* An active leader or member of an Internet Society Chapter (*) in
Africa or SIG.
* Able to present a strong motivation for attending the African
Chapters’ Advocacy Meeting.
* Able to demonstrate ability to advocate for ISOC’s goals and positions.
* Able to present strong evidence of expertise or current work/project
on Community Networks
other ISOC’s 2018 Campaigns key issues (Internet Governance
of Things (IoT), <https://www.internetsociety.org/iot/> and MANRS
* Able to present evidence of involvement in advocacy work on Internet
The applicant will be selected based on the following criteria:
· Has Provided references of a completed, ongoing or planned
local activity around Community Networks
· Has provided a clear plan of what he/she will do at the local
level after attending the meeting
· Has participated in at least one recent quarterly African
Chapters calls including Q1 2018.
· Have a valid passport and available to travel during the
*/We encourage you to invite good candidates outside your chapter/SIG
leadership (active chapter/SIG members) to apply as well. Please note
that priority will be given to good candidates who are chapter/SIG
If your Chapter/SIG wishes to send additional delegates, then these
cannot be covered by ISOC funds, but you are free to do so at your
own expense. However, we’d also need those “self-sponsored” candidates
to complete this application form as well.
Please make sure that all candidates to represent your chapter/SIG at
this 2018 African chapters Advocacy Meeting complete the fellowship
application form by 30 April 2018
order to give us more time to work applications review and the logistics.
Your SIG has been pre-selected to receive this fellowship application
form based on its grade on the January 2018 performance evaluation
report and its interest which Community Networks.
Feel free to contact me if you have any question or need clarification
on this travel fellowship application process.
We look forward to hearing from you. Good luck to all the applicants for
/PS. We are OK if you decide to discuss internally and select the best
candidate to apply for this travel fellowship. If the candidate is based
in Africa, that will be ideal. /
/Chapter Development Manager, Africa/
/The Internet is for Everyone/
The future of the Internet is ours to shape for the next generation.
Check the Internet Society 2018 Action Plan at:
https://www.internetsociety.org/action-plan/2018/ - #ShapeTomorrow
This is the long overdue briefing of our meeting with Sebastián
Bellagamba (ISOC). Participants were Nico Pace, Sebastián, Christian
O'Flaherty (only part of the meeting) and myself.
Sebastian presented what are the current strategies or actions ISOC is
working on in the CN area:
- The first thing he mentioned is that ISOC will not be helping to
deploy and grow a massive number of Community Networks, but they will
rather focus on a few highly visible projects. One in Argentina, one in
Kyrgyzstan and another in a third country I did not write down (maybe
someone here knows about the project).
- They are working on developing what he called an "enabling
environment" for Community Networks. This includes:
* Capacity building
* Global CN community deveolpment
- Regarding Spectrum, they define GSM as their priority. I couldn't
quite catch what has driven them to this conclusion. I mentioned the
importance of expanding the Wi-Fi spectrum to the upper 4Ghz and lower
6Ghz bands; and also the importance of fighting for some TVWS spectrum
for community networks.
- Regarding licencing, he mentioned they are focusing on two strategies:
* defining licencing models that are adapted to CN needs
* defining regulation that allows CNs to operate without a licence
(mostly in rural and underserved areas)
- Regardin Community Development:
* Sebastián sees the CNSIG as an important actor. He mentioned he can
work with us on planning regional or global gatherings. Considering the
ISOC budget for 2018 is already defined, it would be easier to plan for
regional during 2018 and global during 2019.
* He also mentioned it would be good to have CNSIG representation
I presented a perspective that I believe is crucial for the moment we
are living: Community Networks are currently a promise, with big
potential, but there are issues that we need to work on if we truly want
to have a significant quantitative impact on "connecting the next
billion", as the Internet community likes to say.
Regulation issues are one aspect, but we have work to do on technology
and capacity building with a focus on scale if we are to deliver on some
of the expectations that are building up regarding community networks. I
would really hate to see a CN bubble pop in 2019. Those of you who have
been taking part in international events must have heard the phrase:
"money for CNs will only last until 2019".
On this matters his reply was: "there is no money during 2018 for the
CNSIG appart from whatever you can get from Beyond the Net program".
Beyond the Net is now accepting applications and Nico Pace started
another thread proposing some CNSIG coordination. But the other aspect
we should consider is understanding and being able to propose lines of
work and support during 2019 with some chance of influencing ISOC's
Last but not least, we agreed to hold regular meetings so we can better
coordinate the work of the CNSIG and ISOC's CN strategy.
Please share your thoughts or questions.
As agreed in our meeting today, I'm opening a space so we can add
suggestions from every working group on topics we want to propose for
the CNSIG - ISOC meeting we will be having on thursday.
I propose we reuse this pad for this sort of temporary matters:
I have only set up the WG titles there, so you can all add your ideas.
I'd like to share the ISOC ChAC meetin notes:
and also ask that you share any doubts or ideas that you think we should pose in that space.
I have already asked what would be the expected channels or strategies to articulate collaboration between the CNSIG, the regional chapters and the Community Networks campaign that ISOC is pushing forward in relation to it's 2018 action plan:
For the CN area the ISOC campaign will:
* Highlight replicable models that represent new ways of working,
* Influence changes in policy frameworks to enable community networks to flourish, and
* Scale up deployment of, and ensure continuity for, the Community Network model.
I believe we need to seriously explore what will be the role of the CNSIG in that context and how can we positively influence ISOC's plan to create real impact with this campaign.
Using the impetus from our meeting today, and following the decision to
keep council meetings to every 6 weeks, I am sending out a meeting poll for
our 3rd council meeting. Please indicate your availability here:
Sol Luca de Tena
c: (+27/0) 839 47 4946
*Zenzeleni Networks NPC*
- Winner of Best Innovation with Social Impact Award, Innovation Bridge 2017
- Finalist of Mozilla Equal Rating Innovation Challenge, 2017
For everyone who took part in the meeting and for those who couldn't
make it, here are the meeting notes:
Those who were there, please take a minute to review and improve the them.
Hello again, according to the meeting poll the most popular date for
the meeting is this coming
Monday, 2nd April 15h00 - 16h00 UTC
There are 7 organisation which are available on that date. This is
enough for quorum but there are some council members that have not
answered the poll, please join if you can.
During the course of next week we will have a meeting with Sebastián
Bellagamba (in charge of the Community Networks strategy for ISOC). It
would be great if during our meeting everyone can share their thoughts
regarding potential CNSIG - ISOC synergies.
Nico and Sol
PS: please check the meeting details below
Details for the meetiong:
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