Kondoa Community Network School of Internet Governance (KCN SIG)
About Kondoa Community Network (KCN)
Kondoa Community Network (KCN) is the first community network in Tanzania to pilot the use of Television White Space (TVWS) to connect the unconnected population in Kondoa District, Dodoma Region, Tanzania. It is an initiative that came about in 2014 as an academic contribution seeking to address the issue of the digital divide gap in rural Tanzania by providing alternative and cheaper Internet connectivity solutions to the marginalized communities, in the quest to aid them attain agenda’s 4, 5, 8,9 and 10 of the UN SDGs.
For more details about Kondoa Community Network, please visit: https://kcn.or.tz/
KCN School of Internet Governance (KCN SIG)
KCN SIG is a maiden programme that aims to create an empowered knowledge community members capable of playing a critical role in building a sustainable community networks infrastructure, creating local content for digital inclusion, shaping policies that govern the evolution and use of community networks. The main objective of this program is to help individuals from local community networks in Tanzania and East Africa to better understand the national, regional, and global Internet Governance and policy issues, settings, and processes, in the quest to build a critical mass of Internet governance and community-based telecommunication policy ambassadors.
KCN SIG Key outcomes
Improved capacity on Internet governance policies and advocacy Increased awareness and adoption of community networks concept Localized Internet content and learning materials in Swahili.
Gain technical skills on the OpenCellular technologies in addressing the digital divide in rural areas.
Participate in creating hyper local content using GAIUS platform.
Improved technical skills in designing, installation and management of community-based telecommunication network.
KCN SIG Convenors
The University of Dodoma
Kondoa Community Network (KCN)
Tanzania Community Networks Alliance (TzCNA)
Centre for Youth Empowerment and Leadership (CYEL)
Internet Society Tanzania Chapter (ISOC Tanzania)
University of Dodoma (UDOM)
Internet Society (ISOC)
Telecom Infra Project
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
Kuza Steam Generation Tanzania (KsGen Tz)
Internet Society Tanzania Chapter
KCN SIG Programme Format
KCN SIG anticipates partnering with relevant Internet Governance stakeholders to offer a 2 days intensive digital policy training to 50 selected participants in Kondoa District, Dodoma Region. The induction course will cover the political, economic, socio-cultural, technological, legal, local content and other dimensions of Internet Governance and community networks in Tanzania’s context. The programme will be coupled with both presentations, practical oriented lectures as well as hands-on activities covering the management of critical Internet resources and the development of local content to foster Internet development and inclusion. Other formats include case presentations, breakout sessions for interactive discussions and a practicum. A social programme is included in the programme to facilitate networking among faculty and fellows. At the end of the session, fellows will get a certificate of participation in attending the KCN SIG. The organizing team and partners understand that school may attract more application and therefore admission to the School shall be through a competitive selection process.
KCN SIG Target Audience
The target audience shall comprise of practitioners, researchers and professionals from the following sectors (50% of whom shall be women):
Technical Community i.e telcos, developers, community networks/radios
Civil Society/NGO Private Sector and Business
Academia and Research
Government and Public Sector
KCN SIG Selection criteria Applicants must have demonstrated:
A basic awareness of, and interest in, Internet governance, local content creation and community network related issues; Fluency in English, and or Swahili; Interest to engage in the Internet governance Policy ecosystem, content development, Community Networks Good writing, argumentation skills, audio/video creation/editing skills
Proposed Dates and Venue
Dates: 14th - 15th February 2020
Venue: Study Zone Computer Centre, Kondoa
Workshop Theme: Internet Governance and Local Content for Sustainable Community Networks
Workshop Focus Areas:
Introduction to Internet Governance
Introduction to community networks
Local content development
Localization and Intellectual property
Strategies to connect the Next one Billion of Internet users
ICT policy ecosystem in Tanzania
Accessibility and Content regulation
Capacity development with policy stakeholders
Hyperlocal content creation in GAIUS platform
OpenCellular Technologies for Rural Communities
Digital inclusion and societal empowerment through Internet
Mr. Bob Ochieng – ICANN Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Africa
Ms Madeline Kimei – iResolve Tanzania (Legal & Intellectual Property Expert)
Dodoma FM Radio Representative
Mr. Haji Dachi
Mr. Stanley Mosha
Ms. Rebecca Ryakitimbo (KsGen Tz)
Jabhera Matogoro, Mozilla Open Internet Fellow
Peresi Mgolozi, Software Developer, Tanzania Community Networks Alliance
GAIUS Networks Representative
Telecom Infra Project Team
VERIDOC Global Tanzania
Mr. Daniel Khauka Nanghaka, the Father of Modern Internet Standards in Africa and Chair, Outreach and Engagement S/C ICANN At-Large.
Catherine R. Kimambo, African Child.
We are committed in building the required capacity to manage and support community networks using the local team available in our rural areas. This event is towards achieving this target said Jabhera Matogoro.
Its a needed initiative for sustainability, localization and the scale up of the CN in Tanzania and Africa at large. Congratulation organisers for this important movement. I am interested to be part of the movement. Thank you.
This is the remarkable achievement in Tanzania and Kondoa community and with hope to scale to other Region to spearhead the internet inclusion to foster rural and community development to fully interact, maximize the business opportunities within and outside Kindoa, Tanzania and Global and fostering social economic development
I further commend the organizers for the up coming event in mid feb '20 and i will attend and present something on Digital inclusion and societal empowerment through Internet,