Community Network Xchange (CNX) 2022

Walking the Talk with the Internet, Community, and Networks

The Community Network Xchange (CNX) brings together community network practitioners and enthusiasts to exchange ideas and become changemakers for the grassroots connectivity movement. Conceived of by the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) and the Internet Society and first organized in 2017, CNX has been actively supported through the years by organizations such as APC, APNIC, A4AI, and many others.

Now in its sixth year, CNX 2022 will give you the chance to hear the stories of network builders, who will be joining the event on the ground from different parts of the world. They’ll show how their labor of love and passion helps bring the Internet to their communities by sharing the stories, challenges, and successes of their diverse community networks.

Through these events, we intend to share our collective knowledge and learnings—and empower a movement of large-scale implementation of community networks for Internet access. This year, keeping in mind the evolving nature of the pandemic, associated travel challenges, and online event fatigue, CNX will be spread across five sessions between June and October.

Session Information

In each session, one or more practitioners from a community network site will be reporting from the ground. People from the local community who will help us understand their region, network infrastructure, their local usage needs, and the impact of connectivity. Community members will share their own stories, with a total of 10 stories in this series.

Each session will be 90-minutes long and include: 

  • An introduction of the topic and a community network story
  • A report from the ground, where community members will answer questions and share their perspectives on their community network
  • A discussion and Q&A with two subject matter experts and representatives on the ground joining the discussion
Date and Time

04:30 – 06:30 UTC

Wednesday 29 June 2022 –

Saturday 29 October 2022