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Friday, May 17 • 11:00 - 12:15
Innovative approaches to access

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Co-organiser: APC
Session in brief: Affordable access to the internet and telecommunications networks can directly impact democratic participation in online spaces. While connectivity is becoming more pervasive to the point where about half the world has access to the internet, the rate of growth of network infrastructure is slowing in both mobile and internet infrastructure.  There is an opportunity to re-think affordable access by embracing innovations in licensing strategies, Universal Service Funds, affordable access to spectrum, and recognition of the value of new organisational models such as cooperatives, common-pool-resource organisations and other non-profit initiatives which have proven to be viable alternatives to commercial models.  This session will examine some of these alternative and complementary models and how they are already contributing towards opening up spaces for participation for those left behind by the telecoms market.  

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Osama Manzar

Founding Member,, Digital Empowerment Foundation
Osama Manzar works towards Eradicating Information Poverty in India through Digital Interventions. Enabling people @ the edge of information and empowering unserved communities with access to information using Internet, Broadband and Wireless access through the use of open spectrum... Read More →
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Ramón Roca

Presidente del Patronato, Guifi.net
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Lilian Chamorro

ICT4D researcher and project manager

Carlos Rey-Moreno

Association for Progressive Communications

Karla Velasco

Regional Coordinator, Redes Latin America

Josephine Miliza

Africa Regional Coordinator, Association of Progressive Communications-LOCNET project
Josephine Miliza is a digital inclusion and community networks champion passionate about supporting communities to build resilient and scalable bottom-up connectivity models. She is among the pioneers of the community network movement in Africa and has co-founded TunapandaNET a community... Read More →

Ola Bergström

Head of International Affaairs, Post- och telestyrelsen

Friday May 17, 2019 11:00 - 12:15 CEST
Room C