Internet Connectivity in Indigenous and Northern Communities
Northern Public Affairs, in collaboration with the Internet Society, is pleased to release this call for contributions to the Fall 2018 special issue of NPA Magazine focusing on emerging developments in community networks among Indigenous peoples in North America.
Internet connectivity for Indigenous Peoples in Canada and the United States has long been difficult to implement due to many environmental and socio-economic factors such as remoteness of communities, difficulty gaining first mile access, reliable networks, slow speeds, expensive equipment and high data costs. Community networks are communications infrastructure deployed and operated by local people, offering Indigenous communities a way to access the Internet to meet their own needs. For many, affordable, high-quality Internet access means community sustainability. Community networks encourage policymakers and regulators to examine new ways and means to fill local digital divides, like supporting local content in the appropriate language(s).
The Internet Society (ISOC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet. Working through a global community of chapters and members, the Internet Society collaborates with a broad range of groups to promote the technologies that keep the Internet safe and secure, and advocates for policies that enable universal access.
In this special edition issue of NPA Magazine our goal is to assemble diverse voices to explore the impact of access in the areas of education, healthcare, digital literacy, cultural/language promotion and preservation as well as any negative impacts. We will seek stories about existing Indigenous community networks and developing ones, highlighting successful and promising initiatives bringing Internet connectivity throughout Alaska and northern Canada. NPA is seeking submissions from anyone, although additional priority will be given to members of Indigenous communities, Northern network operators, policymakers and scholars studying telecommunications and Internet infrastructure.
In October 2018, Internet Society will host the 2nd annual Indigenous Connectivity Summit showcasing and exploring the success stories of Indigenous community networks in Canada, the United States and around the globe to help find solutions to improve Internet access for all. This special edition of Northern Public Affairs will provide a means to facilitate dialogue at the Summit.
NPA wishes to highlight local knowledge, as well as research and policy analysis that will advance Internet connectivity to Indigenous peoples and communities. We invite personal stories, speeches, essays, commentary and visual arts contributions.
Please direct your questions or submission proposals to Sheena Kennedy, Editor, Northern Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than May 15, 2018. Proposals should be no more than 100-200 words in length.
The deadline for full submissions is July 6, 2018. Note: submissions should be between 1000 and 2000 words in length.