Beyond the Net 21 September 2018

Beyond the Net Funding Newsletter – September 2018

The Beyond the Net Funding Programme is proud to announce the results of our 2018 Grant Cycle. A total of 49 Chapter applications were received and after a thorough reviewing process, 15 amazing projects were selected. These projects are at the core of our mission and will use the Internet to strengthen local communities around the world. We offer our congratulations and welcome to the new grantees! Get to know the projects!

We are happy to announce that the Chaperthon 2018 on Internet of Things (IoT) has started! 43 ISOC Chapters have accepted the challenge to make our increasingly connected world a safer place! We are excited to see the project results!

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News from the field

Sri Lanka | Girls in Technology

The project held 1 workshop and 2 boot camps providing micro:bit inventor kits to train 44 university girls on the Internet of Things coding. With the help of university students, 120 school girls have been trained in the emerging technology.

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The Piikani Cultural and Digital Literacy Camp Program

The community-based Indigenous project in Southern Alberta, Canada combines digital technology and literacy studies for 9th grade Piikani students in order to preserve the Blackfoot culture and traditions. They have already developed 8 training modules and trained 12 students.

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Tanzania Chapter | Boosting Rural Internet Use

The team is using TV “White Space” technology to connect the unconnected in the Kondoa Disctrict, mainly targeting women and girls. The project has been presented at the Summit on Community Networks in Africa held in September in South Africa. They have already trained 20 girls.

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Paraguay | Colegio Técnico National of Asunción

The Chapter has set up a high-tech electronics lab for the development of innovative solutions based on IoT, robotics, and e-learning systems where 250 students are trained. On September 6th, students presented their projects at the annual Technical Expo where the Minister of Education, Eduardo Petta, also attended.

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Armenia Chapter | WiFi and Services for Rural Libraries

The project installed 16 WiFi routers and 70 computers equipped with library management programs to subscribe members, register, and organize book circulation. 33 additional computers were repaired and 190 hours were spent on software installation and training.

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Uruguay Chapter | Flor de Ceibo Conecta2

The project focuses on disadvantaged communities using digital resources in creative classes. 148 High School students in a highly vulnerable area of Salto have been trained on the use of social networks. 13 deaf children attending primary school in Rivera are experimenting with GIF and video creation as a communication tool.

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Previous events

Learning Coding in Primary School

The Montenegro Chapter promoted a “CodeWeek Java Programming” on national TV stations and social networks and completed a successful course attended by two groups of 17 students.

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Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum Series 2018

The event was held in Oshodi Lagos on June 6th with the theme “Internet Governance: Sustaining Development” and the Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable. The annual rallying point allowed stakeholders to discuss subjects on Internet Governance, security, and socioeconomic impact, with special focus on students, youth and women.

Pakistan School on Internet Governance 2018

From September 3rd to 6th, the pkSIG offered an intensive learning course at the Regent Plaza in Karachi, covering several Internet Governance issues within the context of the Pakistani national imperatives. 48 attendees (27% female) and over 15 international speakers took part in the event.

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Blog stories

TunapandaNET Paves the Way to Connect the Underserved

The Kenya Chapter is developing a pilot project that aims to upgrade an existing network with an additional 10 nodes as well as providing digital literacy training in Kibera, Nairobi.

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Building Awareness of Digital Violence Against Women

The Barbados Chapter is conducting an awareness campaign on the effects of online abuse of women and establishing a dialogue between law enforcement and victims. This initiative is the first of its kind in Barbados.

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Who Decides What We Eat?

The Internet of Food SIG assures that this is the most profound question that the tech revolution has asked so far. They have begun a discussion that will lay a solid foundation for the future digital infrastructure standards of the global food system.

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Leveling Up Women One Edit at a Time

The India Delhi Chapter, in partnership with the Women SIG and Wikimedia Foundation, organized the 1st Global Editathon to increase Wikipedia pages concerning Asian women who have contributed to technology-related fields.

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