DC on Community Connectivity

19 December 2017 - A Dynamic Coalition on Other in Geneva, Switzerland


The Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity (DC3) is a multistakeholder group aimed at fostering a cooperative analysis of community networks’ potential to promote sustainable Internet connectivity, empowering individuals and fostering the full enjoyment of fundamental rights such as freedom of expression and self-determination.

Session panellist will debate the results of their research, which have been included in the book “Community Networks: the Internet by the People for the People,” which is the Official 2017 Outcome of the DC3. This volume explores benefits, challenges and opportunities for community networks, analysing a series of case studies, and puts forward proposals regarding concrete policies to promote community networking. As a conclusion, this work includes the updated version of the Declaration on Community Connectivity, which was elaborated through a multistakeholder participatory process, featuring an online open consultation, between July and November 2016; a public debate and a feedback-collection process, during the IGF 2016; and a further online consultation, between December 2016 and March 2017.

Free hard copies of the book will be distributed at the DC3 session, which will be opened by the keynote remarks of:

  • Kathy Brown, President and CEO of the Internet Society
  • Jan Dröge, Director of the EU Commission Broadband Competence Offices Support Facility


An interactive discussion will follow, stimulated by the short and provocative remarks of the DC3 book authors:

  • Luca Belli, Center for Technology and Society at FGV
  • Sarbani Belur, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  • Peter Bloom, Rhizomatica
  • Nathalia Foditsch, American University  
  • Maureen Hernandez, Independent researcher
  • Michel Oghia, Independent consultant  
  • Carlos Rey-Moreno, APC
  • Bruno Vianna, Coolab

Brief presentation of the proposal for a Community Networks map by Luis Martinez, ISOC Mexico