BASIC INTERNET AT A GLANCE
The Basic Internet Foundation promotes free access to information for all as the enabler for digital inclusion and societal empowerment. The Foundation was established in December 2014 as a collaboration between The University Graduate Centre (UNIK, now University of Oslo) and Kjeller Innovasjon AS. Our founders and partners have an exceptional background in digital communications and innovation management. Based on how digital communication has empowered people and fostered innovation in society, the Basic Internet Foundation was set-up to solely concentrate on digital inclusion through free access to information for all.
The foundation machinery is fueled by the concept ‘‘Internet is a human right’’ to provide access to Information referred to as ‘‘Internet lite for all”. The foundation is exceptionally realizing the digital inclusion of the unconnected /marginalized groups by implementing Information spot per village.
Radical Digital Inclusion
The Basic Internet Foundation promotes the vision of Internet Lite for All, the free access to information for everyone. In order to Connect the Unconnected people of the World,
the Foundation supports the Fremium model for Internet access, with free access to text, pictures and local video, and paid access to broadband and streaming services;
the Foundation works for optimised content delivery on capacity-limited networks through low cost infrastructure, addressing areas with low admission and/or no Internet coverage.
the Foundation assists organisations and companies to adapt and disseminate information to everyone, and thus empower underprivileged societies;
the Foundation performs research and development to achieve free access to information as part of sustainable infrastructures.
Digital inclusion is a key for health, education and meaningful work. Connecting developing economies with free access to information through the alliance of IT, Telecom, Academia, and public sector partners will create the partnership for achieving the Sustainability Development Goals (SDG 2030). The unique alliance, addressing a common mission and best praxis for partnership in digital access, will build the basis for sustainable development, a catalyst for achieving the SDGs and business acceleration in Africa.
Committed to the Cause
Josef Noll is professor at the University of Oslo and Visionary at the Basic Internet Foundation where he is the Secretary General. He envisions a world with free access to basic information (#Basic4all). He is specialist for Wireless Networks and Security. The group concentrates on the working areas mobile-based trust and authentication, personalized and context-aware service provisioning, and measurable security for the Internet of Things (IoT). He is also Head of Research in Movation, Norway’s open innovation company for mobile services. He is co-founder and steering board member of the Center for Wireless Innovation Norway and mobile Monday Norway, the Norway section of the worldwide community for nerds and professionals in mobile services. He is project leader of the NFR funded project IoTSec.no, and was involved in several international projects, including nSHIELD for measurable security in IoT systems, Citi-Sense-MOB for mobile air quality measurements, GravidPluss for mobile diabetes advise, and Ka-band propagation for polar regions. In the area of Internet of Things he was project leader of the Artemis pSHIELD project. Previously he was Senior Advisor at Telenor R&I in the Products and Markets group, and project leader of Eurescom’s ‘Broadband services in the Intelligent Home’ and use-case leader in the EU FP6 ‘Adaptive Services Grid (ASG)’ projects, and initiated the EU’s 6th FP ePerSpace and several Eurescom projects.
Sudhir Dixit is a Senior Fellow and Evangelist at the Basic Internet Foundation in Oslo, Norway, and heads its US operations. He is also associated with the Academy of Finland Flagship Programme called 6G Flagship. From 2015 to 2017 he was the CEO and Co-Founder of a start-up, Skydoot, Inc. From 2009 to 2015, he was a Distinguished Chief Technologist and CTO of the Communications and Media Services for Americas at HP Enterprise Services in Palo Alto, CA, and the Director of Hewlett-Packard Labs India. Before that, he was with BlackBerry, Nokia, NSN and Verizon Communications. Dixit has 21 patents granted and has published extensively, including eight books. He has been a technical editor of IEEE Communications Magazine.He is also on the editorial boards of IEEE Spectrum Magazine and Springer’s Wireless Personal Communications Journal. In 2018, he was appointed a Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE Communications Society. A Life Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of IET and IETE, Dixit holds a Ph.D. from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and an M.B.A. from the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida.
Digital Inclusion Specialist and Fellow
Dr. Danica Radovanovic is a digital media specialist and senior researcher at the Basic Internet Foundation in Oslo, Norway. She is a PhD Chevening Scholar, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, Fulbright Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a doctorate graduate from the Faculty of Technical Sciences, Novi Sad. She worked as information management and web specialist for the UnitedNations of the FAO on the EthicsWeb FP7 project, was a contributor for the Library of Congress’ (LoC) in DC, for international web portals project, European division, and collaborated with Wikimedia, Global Voices, Scientific American, Index on Censorship, Internet Society, etc. Danica is the author of numerous academic publications, articles in the scientific popular magazines, and participant in many workshops, conferences, and programs related to digital media and digital inclusion. Her work focuses on internet technologies, digital media, digital divide and literacy,the inequalities in the access and use of the internet, and internet governance. Follow her on Twitter: @DanicaR and
WISAM AHMED MANSOUR
Digital Entrepreneurship Advisor
Wisam A. Mansour is a digital entrepreneurship advisor at the Basic Internet Foundation. She hold a master degree from the University of Oslo, Universitetet i Oslo, in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 2018. For her master thesis, she did an in deep study on facilitating women entrepreneurship in the Global South. Her field of research focusing on entrepreneurship in developing economies with special focus on women entrepreneurship empowering. She is working on developing business courses and entrepreneurial platform for developing countries (EntrepNet).
Information Specialist and CTO
Iñaki Garitano is a Professor Titular in Electronics and Computer Engineering department and Data Analysis and Cybersecurity group of Mondragon Unibertsitatea, Mondragon University. He holds a PhD titled Behavioral Modeling for Anomaly Detection in Industrial Control Systems, and MSc in Telecommunication Engineering, both from Mondragon Unibertsitatea. Before joining Mondragon Unibertsitatea in 2015, he worked in Universitetssenteret på Kjeller (UNIK) as postdoctoral researcher. In addition, he is the CTO of the Basic Internet Foundation. His interests include Data Science, Security, Privacy, Industrial Automation and Control Systems and Information and Communication Networks including Internet of Things. He currently participates in several European, national and regional level public funding projects.