Philippines is the 4th most disaster-prone country in the world. When a natural disasters hits we are completely wiped out. In remote and rural parts of the Philippines, telecommunications networks can be spotty most of the times. This scenario is willing to change thanks to the Internet Society’s Philippines Chapter new project supported by Beyond the Net Funding Programme.
The aim of the project is to send UAVs — or what most of us call drones — in disaster zones to act as wireless relays and data aggregators. The drones would set up a local MESH network to help people to get in touch with...
Date published 14 April 2017
Asia-Pacific, Beyond the Net Funding Programme, BNet Journal, BNet News, Community Grants, Connectivity, disaster management, drones, Innovation, Internet Access, Internet Development, Internet funding, Internet grants, Internet of Things (IoT), Internet Society, Internet Society Grants, Open Internet, Philippines Chapter, SDG, sustainable development, UAV
As a country, Yemen is among the least with Internet connectivity in the Middle East. This is particularly troubling given the rise of Internet access across the globe. Furthermore, the youth in Yemen constitute the majority of the population yet are being left behind because of the lack of Internet access in schools due to poor economic conditions coupled with other priorities that supersede Internet access.
And due to the continuation of conflicts, the educational process in Yemen facing many challenges: shortages in the financial resources, the rehabilitation of partially damaged schools,...
Date published 04 April 2017
Access, Beyond the Net Funding Programme, BNet Journal, BNet News, Children and the Internet, Community Grants, Connectivity, Education, Fahmi Albaheth, Internet Access, Internet Development, Internet funding, Internet grants, Internet Society, Internet Society Grants, Internet@MySchool, ISOC Yemen Chapter, Middle East, Open Internet, SDG, Sustainable Development Goals
Beyond the Net Journal: Armenia Chapter #3 Episode
When Armenia declared independence in 1991, the Internet access finally became available, allowing people to be part of the world again. The creation of an Internet Availability Center in 2012 (funded by Internet Society’s grant) at the Culture House for the Blind in Yerevan, triggered creative ideas among active members of the center.
They came to conclusion that an Internet radio station would be the greatest opportunity for helping the blind and visually impaired. The project started in January 2016 supported by the Internet Society’s “...
Date published 09 March 2017
Armenia Chapter, Beyond the Net Funding Programme, BNet Journal, BNet News, Community Building, Community Grants, Connectivity, Disability Inclusion, Education, Europe, Innovation, Internet Access, Internet Development, Internet funding, Internet grants, Internet Radio, Internet Society, Internet Society Grants, Open Internet, Radio Menq, SDG, sustainable development
Beyond the Net Journal: Sénégal Chapter #1 Episode
Thieyetou est un village du nord-ouest du Sénégal situé à 27km de la ville la plus proche et difficilement accessible. Sa population rencontre également des difficultés d'accès à l'information et à l'éducation. De même, sa distance de la ville rend l'entretien du matériel informatique presque impossible, les techniciens doivent venir de la ville.
Actuellement, plus de deux cents trente élèves fréquentent l’école primaire qui accueille aussi les étudiants d'autres localités autour (Garame, Ndari, Koure, Ndialigue), la plupart n’ayant jamais...
Date published 03 February 2017
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Beyond the Net Journal: Harlem – New York. Meeting Up With HICAP students after 6 years to recall how the Internet can change seniors lives for the better.
The Internet is able to keep seniors engaged in a variety of ways that were not imaginable a few decades ago. The Harlem Internet Computer Access Program, started in 2010 by the US New York Chapter and funded by a Community Grant, is still a shining example of how the Internet can be a great resource for seniors. The project provided Internet access and computer education to low-income, disabled senior citizens. HICAP’s impact to the...
Date published 22 November 2016
Barbara Stephens, Beyond the Net Funding Programme, BNet Journal, BNet News, Community Grants, Connectivity, Disability Inclusion, Education, Harlem Internet Computer Access, Harlem seniors, HICAP, Internet Development, Internet Access, Internet and seniors, Internet funding, Internet grants, Internet Society, Internet Society Grants, Joly MacFie, Joyce Walker, Merle Bush, New York Chapter, North America, Open Internet, SDG, social benefits, sustainable development
Today the World Economic Forum published their Global Information Technology Report 2015. This year’s theme is "ICT for Inclusive Growth,” examining how developing and emerging economies are exploiting the potential of ICTs to drive economic transformation. We are proud to have contributed a chapter entitled ‘E-Entrepreneurship on the Open Internet’, in which we highlight the opportunities for innovation that are created by the Internet.
The theme of our own first annual Global Internet Report was "Open and Sustainable Access for All" and one of the case studies was...
Date published 15 April 2015
UNESCO, CONNECTing the Dots, 3-4 March 2015
“Over the past decade the focus has been on the Internet technology’s development; I believe the next decade will be about policy and governance.” This concluding statement from Bill Dutton (Professor at the Michigan State University) at the UNESCO Connecting the Dots Conference that ended last Wednesday sets the stage of the year-long discussion ahead of us, leading to the WSIS 10-year Review.
Three hundred participants gathered this week in Paris to discuss how the Internet affects access to information and knowledge, freedom of expression,...
Date published 06 March 2015
By Lyman Chapin, Interisle Consulting Group Founder and Principal, and Sally Wentworth, Internet Society Vice President, Global Policy DevelopmentThis week at the IGF, many discussions will focus on how to develop Internet public policies in a wide range of areas in support of an “open Internet.” Janis Karklins, chair of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), answers his own question about why so many people are coming to Istanbul: "The answer is clear,” he states, “all of these stakeholders care about maintaining a free, open, interoperable, stable...
Date published 03 September 2014
Recently a young engineer in Togo, Kodjo Afate Gnikou, had an inspiration. Surveying the electronic waste being deposited across West Africa, he designed and built a 3D printer using discarded parts from computers and scanners, which costs $100 and is named the W.Afate, combining the name of the incubator where he works, WoeLab, and his own name.
In many ways this is a typical story of turning inspiration into innovation, an inventor seeing opportunity where others see challenges. However, what is remarkable is how this was made possible by the open Internet, in ways not...
Date published 16 June 2014
Read our full publication on The Value of Openness for a Sustainable Internet
Although the Internet’s original architects likely did not intentionally conceive the Internet as a tool to advance human rights, the principles they built into its design support basic participatory ideals. In many ways, the Internet has proven to be a powerful tool for promoting the potential of a more open and inclusive society. In some parts of the world, the Internet has encouraged lively participatory social development, promoted access to and sharing of information and knowledge, fostered online...
Date published 25 October 2013