Latin American Summit on Community Networks 2019

The Internet Society joined organizations from the Latin American and Caribbean region to hold the second Latin American Summit of Community Networks. The event was organized by the Fusa Libre Collective, the University of Cundinamarca, the Internet Society Community Networks Special Interest Group (CN-SIG) and the Internet Society Colombia Chapter.

The event was held from September 24 to 28, 2019 at the facilities of the University of Cundinamarca, in Fusagasugá, Cundinamarca, Colombia. The Summit was attended by representatives of 24 groups in the region, which currently operate community networks.

This second edition followed up on the experience of the first Summit, held in 2018 in Córdoba, Argentina.

Agenda 24 September 2019

09:00 – 17:0012 presentations offered to the local community, mainly students of the University of Cundinamarca:

– Experience: CN Bosachoque-Libre, Colombia – Wilson Gordillo
– Experience: CN Atalaya-Sur, Argentina – Damián Fernando Cejas
– Experience: Tosepan, México – Bonifacio
– Experience: Indigenous Technologies (Tecnologías Indígenas Campesinas, TIC), México – Elisa Castillo and José Roberto de la Cruz
– Experience: Manabí and Esmeraldas, Ecuador – Paco Olaya
– CN experiences from different continents – Nicolás Pace
– Right to communicate in rural areas, a collective and organizational work – Ana Muller
– Gender perspective (experience from Mexico) – Karla Velasco
– Ecological-social impact of telecommunications – Patrick Jordan
– Librerouter, the traveled road (Altermundi Collective, Argentina) – Jessica Giudice
– Collaboration experience between the academic and non-profit communications sector – Mariela Baladrón
– Experience: Colnodo, Colombia – Lilian Chamorro

Agenda 25-28 September 2019

09:00 – 17:00Working Sessions
After the Open Day, the representatives of the participating collectives will define the order and format of the topics for the working sessions, in a collaborative and bottom-up way. The suggested topics are:

a. Regulatory frameworks
i. Public policies
ii. Universal service funds
iii. Spectrum
b. Local content
c. Methodological strategies for community work
d. Web platform for Community Networks in Latin America
e. Promotion and deployment actions for new Community Networks
f. Matrix for technologies choice
g. Gender in Community Networks (women and LGBTIQ+ Community participation)
h. Experiences exchange in Latin American territories
Date and Time

Tuesday 24 September 2019 –

Saturday 28 September 2019


University of Cundinamarca

Fusagasugá, Cundinamarca, Colombia