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The Beyond the Net Programme help bring positive change to people's lives. 

To read updates on all the projects listed below, visit our blog.

If you would like to apply for funding for your own project, visit How to Apply.

Frederic Monràs i Vidiella, Spain Catalonia Chapter

This project will use a sequence of steps to identify the core languages in the relatively new field of mapping and clusterizing the web, and then use a multi-dimensional scaling programme to create a map showing how these languages are connected by ontology. Each step of the process will give the project team a unique perspective on some of the classic work that has gone into creating this field.

Jacek Gajewski, Poland Chapter

As Lead in a Multi-Chapter Project, Project Leader: Dr Jacek Gajewski awarded to offer a Web-based information and consultancy system about degree programs and other courses offered by quality universities in distance learning mode. Realized by Internet Society Chapters from Poland, Chicago, Texas, Washington DC, Slovenia, Republic of Georgia, Puerto Rico, and ECC, the system will act as a broker for students wishing to research and apply to online study in the United States.

Linga Hanawati, Global Member

Project Leader Linga Hanawati, awarded for a project that focuses on enabling the visually impaired to better experience the Internet. The project will develop a device that will make it possible for visually impaired people to create drawings on the computer by using their sense of "shape". Also, the same device will make it possible for them to "see" any 2D picture being displayed on the computer using their hands, rather than having to listen to descriptions that could very often be confusing. This is especially relevant for those who have been without sight since birth.

Sébastien Bachollet, France Chapter

This provides support for the EGENI 2005 project, especially as it relates to Internet Governance.

Sebastian Ricciardi, Argentina Chapter

Project Leader Sebastian Ricciardi ­ awarded to start an outreach programme within the local community to draw the attention of governmental officials, the private sector, the civil society, universities and other members of the Internet community. This outreach programme will advocate for the creation of a new multi-stakeholder entity to manage the .ar ccTLD (so far under  government management) and encourage the community to participate in the existent organizations that address technical issues (ICANN, the Internet Society itself, etc).

Andreu Veà, PhD, Spain Catalonia Chapter

Work on continuation of an Internet history project that focuses on creating an easy to read repository of the hidden history of the Internet as explained by its main local protagonists.

Ramon Morales, Puerto Rico Chapter

This project aims to provide young people with access to educational, career and leadership development opportunities through peer to peer learning and the use of advanced Internet collaboration technology. Internet Society Puerto Rico will provide resources and support to the Internet Clubs through facilitators and mentors that will be established over the year long project.

Norbert Klein, Cambodia Chapter

Mr Norbert Klein awarded for a project creating and distributing free basic final-user software in Khmer (Cambodian) language, so that users will not have to learn a foreign language in order to acquire computer skills and access information through the Internet

Władysław Majewski, Poland Chapter

A project to translate certain RFCs. In 2004, ISOC Poland was among the promoters of new regulations that obliged all public institutions in Poland to follow the wide set of IETF standards. This law has been enforced since July 2005. As several RFC’s became a part of the law, it is necessary to make them available in Polish.

Irwan Effendi, Global Member

The project aims to bring Internet technology to the Indonesian agricultural industry by setting up a pilot project for mapping the fields and farmers, and based on the statistics of the nationwide demand, make recommendations to the farmers as to what kind of crops they should plant and how much of each, so that the market will not experience over supply or rarity of any single crop. This should in turn improve the financial condition of the farmers.