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BasicInternet:RAGM-BasicInternet intro Dec2020

Title BasicInternet:RAGM-BasicInternet_intro_Dec2020
Place zoom
Date, Time 2020/12/01, 2100-2200h Oslo time
Contact Person Josef Noll
Participants Nick Frankle, Wally Gardiner, Sudhir Dixit, Brenda Jimris-Rekve, Carlos Rodriguez Arrieta
related to Project BasicInternet, RotaryKnowledgePortal
Keywords Economic development
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Purpose and Action Items


Get known to the work of the Rotary Action Group for Community Economic Development, and discuss the idea of a Rotary International Knowledge Portal.

We reached agreements to continue as follows:


  • Our idea: The Rotary International Knowledge Portal – a trusted portal with information on health, education, agriculture and knowledge for jobs
  • Our challenges: Digital Inclusion and the free access to the knowledge portal – the basis for skills needed in the digital world
  • 'Change a life and open opportunities for billions of people to get the information they need, thanks to Rotary

Background was the request by “Club Rotario de Quito Equioccio”, who asked us to help in job creation (“Rotary Opens Opportunities”). During the discussions with Carlos_Rodriguez_Arrieta and his team, we concluded connectivity and digital empowerment are keys for decent work, and job security. Without digital knowledge and participation in the digital society, almost every job is in danger of being closed. We further recognized that “trusted information” and digital inclusion are two fundamental issues. Thus, we developed the idea of the “Rotary International Knowledge Portal”.

The devil is in the detail, please see

  • with three reports on
    - the political statement from 6 Universities/University Colleges in Norway on "Policies and Solutions for Implementing Digital Inclusion on a Global Scale
    - Business models for school connectivity, answering a request by the government of Tanzania,
    - and Yeboo Village Platform development summarising the contributions by community networks.
    Recommendation: Please have a look at the Yeboo Village Platform document for "the state of knowledge"
  • Yeboo Village Portal/Platform Development - working with communities worldwide to establish a decentralised community network portal

About the Basic Internet Foundation

Our work started with "solving the problem of connectivity" - BasicInternet 1.0

The distributed architecture opens for quick deployment of a cost-effective Internet distribution worldwide, allowing for reception of a 3G/4G network even in areas with no connectivity. Our examples have proven that we connect even in places without connectivity.

  • In Selela, at the border of the Serengeti in Northern Tanzania, we reached the mobile tower being more than 20 km away. Typical 3G coverage is 7-9 km, thus we extended the reach by almost a factor of three.
  • In Izazi in the Iringa district, we connected to the mobile network being hidden by the mountain ridge between Izazi and the mobile towers in Migoli. It took us 90 min to establish Internet access in Izazi.
  • Together with communities we have activities in 10 countries, out of which 7 countries in Africa - see DigI:Villages

BasicInternet 2.0 - free access to the National Knowledge Portal

Through the Digital Inclusion (DigI) project we have seen a tremendous knowledge uptake through digital local information spots providing Digital Health, see (community information spot - focus on health)

Thus, BasicInternet 2.0 focusses on the National Knowledge Portal, incorporating all four aspects needed for empowerment in the digital society:

  1. Access - building Information Spots in villages/communities with free access to information
  2. Skills - establishing a National Knowledge Portal with information on health, education, agriculture, financial inclusion and more
  3. Regulations - having free access to the National Knowledge Portal as part of the licence conditions is straightforward
  4. Inclusion - providing free access to information is the first step, having tailored information for minorities and people with disabilities is a common demand.

Example: Digital Health Information

Through funds from the government of Norway, we connected 10 villages in Tanzania as part of the "Digital Inclusion" (DigI) project

Connectivity and Mesh Network roll-out

Gardiner rolls out mesh networks using AREDN software and mostly Ubiquiti hardware on the 5900 Mhz band. We also have two 900 Mhz repeaters tied to the meshnet and a number of SIP phones as well as some repurposed consumer grade routers running mesh software and some others to do network bridging between the two.