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Thursday, March 31 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Do it yourself! Can the next billion build its own Internet connectivity?

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All individuals have the potential to create community networks in a collaborative mode, fostering digital inclusion and digital literacy as well as empowering users and local communities alike.

To date, community networks have been successfully deployed in several countries going from India to Latin America, passing through Europe. This session will analyse the main regulatory, economic, social, and organisational aspects of the community connectivity debate, from different stakeholders’ perspectives. Participants will discuss concrete cases of community networks around the world, trying to find out how to overcome common difficulties, and identifying best practices that facilitate the deployment of community networks as well as worst practices that can hinder their expansion. Particularly, such exercise will consider both technical solutions and (inter)national policies that can play an instrumental role in fostering Internet connectivity in a sustainable and democratic fashion.

So far, the deployment and diffusion of community connectivity has relied on the relentless efforts of ingenious and expert engineers. But what if every individual had the possibility of creating its ‘own’ connectivity?

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Luca Belli

Researcher, Center for Technology and Society at FGV
Luca Belli, PhD, is Senior Researcher at the Center for Technology and Society (CTS) of Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School, Rio de Janeiro, where he leads the 'Internet Governance @ FGV' project. Luca is also associated researcher at the Centre de Droit Public Comparé of Paris 2 University. Before joining CTS, Luca worked for the Council of Europe Internet Governance Unit; served as a Network Neutrality Expert for the Council... Read More →

Bob Frankston

Member of the Board of Governors, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society
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Raoul Plommer

Board member, Effi ry
DIY-Connectivity with MESH, Digital rights, Pirate Parties
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Chris Riley

Head of Public Policy, Mozilla
I operate in the area of Internet policy, coming from a law and technology background. My motivation is the belief that an open Internet delivers tremendous socioeconomic benefits, and that if we as a global society don't "get" Internet policy more often than not, those benefits will go away. That path took me from computer science, to copyright, to telecom, to Internet freedom, presenting me with many opportunities to do some interesting and... Read More →
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Ritu Srivastava

Senior Programme Manager, Digital Empowerment Foundation
I am working with Digital Empowerment Foundation as Senior Programme Manager. Having experience in FoE, open spectrum; and gender and access issues.

Thursday March 31, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
The Lab

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