TRICALCAR : Weaving Community Based Wireless Networks in Latin America and the Caribbean

This grant will support a capacity-building and applied research project on community wireless networking in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Researchers will review, update and adapt 18 existing online thematic modules, and design seven new ones. A group of wireless experts with expertise in the social impacts of information and communication technology (ICT) will deliver three in-depth "train-the-trainer" workshops in order to provide 90 technicians with the necessary theory and practice to start their own community-based wireless networks and train additional technicians. In addition, three low-cost wireless networking initiatives will be developed to serve three isolated communities. Moreover, TRICALAR will endeavor to strengthen the emerging network of local community-based wireless champions by facilitating the exchange of knowledge between them and with other like-minded actors in the region. The training materials and knowledge gained during the experience will be documented and made available online. The idea is to improve Internet access in rural and urban marginalized areas at the most affordable cost.

Project ID

103816

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Thursday, February 8, 2007

End Date

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Duration

15 months

IDRC Officer

Perini, Fernando

Total funding

CA$ 475,200

Countries

North and Central America, South America

Program

Networked Economies

Project Leader

Eduardo Rodríguez

Institution

Asociacion Civil Nodo Tau

Institution Country

Argentina

Institution Website

http://www.tau.org.ar

Project Leader

Olinca Marino

Institution

Programa la Neta, Sociedad Civil

Institution Country

Mexico

Institution Website

http://www.laneta.apc.org

Project Leader

Americo Sanchez

Institution

Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales

Institution Country

Peru

Institution Website

http://www.cepes.org.pe

Project Leader

Ermanno Pietrosemoli

Institution

Fundación Escuela Latinoamericana de Redes

Institution Country

Venezuela

Institution Website

http://www.eslared.org.ve