IGF 2022 DC3 Community networks as human rights enablers


Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity

Round Table - U-shape - 90 Min


The discourse on connectivity is often shaped by a developmental lens, focusing on the digital divide and socio-economic aspects of being connected or not. This session will explore various perspectives of the human rights-based perspective of connectivity and community networks as enablers. There are different aspects to look at: connectivity as a right, network self-determination, connectivity as a tool for exercising human rights (primarily freedom of expression), the right to co-create the Internet, and others - as explored in previous DC3 publications (especially, since the DC3 2017 Report on Community Networks: The Internet by the People for the People), available at  https://comconnectivity.org/

Community networks have the approach to place users (communities and individuals) at the center of not just the deployment of internet technologies, but also their design and development. In this context, users should be able to decide how they would like to be connected, who owns the infrastructure they communicate through, who has access to their personal data they use to access the network (right to data privacy), and even - whether they want to be connected at all?

The IGF 2022 session of the Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity (DC3) will focus on exploring the connection between community networks and human rights. Session participants will provide their standpoints and share experiences and good practices to be consolidated into an Exploratory Paper on Community Networks and Human Rights, elaborated as a 2022 DC3 Outcome.

The session will be fully online.


Luca Belli, FGV Law School

Senka Hadzic, CyberBRICS Project



Raquel Renno, Article 19

Nicholas Echaniz, Altermundi

Ronaldo Neves de Moura, ANATEL

Sarbani Belur, IIT Mumbai

Glenn McKnight, IEEE

Karla Prudencio, Rhizomatica

Jane Coffin, Connect Humanity


Onsite Moderator

Luca Belli and Senka Hadzic

Online Moderator

Luca Belli and Senka Hadzic


Judith Hellerstein


9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
10. Reduced Inequalities

Targets: SDG 9, target 9.c: Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries