Communications and Information Policy Programme (CIPP)

APC’s policy programme approaches ICT policy holistically, recognising that, in an era of globalisation facilitated by the rapid growth of the internet and broadband networks, ICT policy reform can be coherently addressed only with reference to developments in other spaces.

This is why APC is active in three policy arenas — global, regional and national. We aim to ensure that policy is not simply handed down from the dominant centres in the United States or the European Union. Relevant input from previously marginalised voices, particularly in the global South, must be incorporated into policy formation. By learning from stakeholders with real experience of ICT policy formation and implementation either regionally or in their own countries, and applying that learning to policy developments in each space, APC is contributing to the opening and expansion of key policy processes around the globe.

International level

The international policy arena that has generated the most energy since the World Summit on the Information Summit (WSIS) process of 2002-5 is the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). At the second IGF in Rio de Janeiro in November 2007, APC presented a set of recommendations on internet access for the IGF secretariat to consider as the process moves towards the third forum in India in December 2008.

On the ICT for development (ICT4D) front, APC’s executive director Anriette Esterhuysen was appointed to the panel of high-level advisers to UN GAID. Moving into a new arena, APC worked on a civil society position for a ministerial meeting of the OECD on “The future of the internet economy” in Seoul, June 2008.

Regional level

APC convened an Asia ICT policy consultation in Dhaka in 2006 to pinpoint ICT policy priorities and advocacy strategies in Asian countries, particularly in South Asia, and explore ways of networking and coordinating to effectively influence ICT policy research and advocacy in the region. APC also supported national policy advocacy processes in Bangladesh (broadband policy), India (open access to ICT4D content online and audiovisual content including an online space regarding information and communication policies for India) and Pakistan (community radio).

In Europe, APC members are campaigning around draft EU legislation on data retention. APC has commissioned an issue paper on ICT policy-making in the EU. The results of this research will form the basis for our future policy advocacy in the EU.

Check out our subsections on the Latin American and the Caribbean and African regions.

National policy spaces

Although CIPP’s regional-level work is primarily focused on Africa and Latin America, our national ICT policy advocacy network spans the globe. What began in 2004 as an initiative to support ten APC member organisations in their national advocacy strategies has now expanded to become an extensive network of advocacy initiatives in 18 countries over four continents.

Notable successes of the national ICT policy advocacy network include the appointment of network member DMTIC as head of the Civil Society Commission on ICTs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the invitation of network member TAU to become part of the jury for public consultation on the Rosario Digital City project in Argentina.


  • valeria's picture
    Valeria Betancourt
    CIPP Manager
    Campaigner in the field of ICTs for development and social justice, Valeria’s background is in sociology and political science. She holds a master in cultural studies and communication. Valeria is a trusted networker among policy activists. She lives in Ecuador.
  • avri's picture
    Avri Doria
  • Rosario Liquicia
    Project Coordinator
    I am a former journalist and now an advocate for free expression.
  • Deborah Brown
  • Elvira Truglia
  • emilar's picture
    Emilar Gandhi
    Africa Policy Projects Coordinator
    Emilar currently coordinates all Africa related project activity in the Communications, Information and Policy Program (CIPP). Some of the Africa projects include Digital Migration, Africa Internet Governance School, The Internet Intermediaries and Liability in Africa and African Internet Governance Forum. Prior to joining APC in 2009, Emilar worked as a researcher on human rights violations focusing on public information rights, race and migration. She has a Bsc Information Science from the National University of Science and Technology.
  • Joy's picture
    Joy Liddicoat
    Project Coordinator, Internet Rights are Human Rights
    Formerly a New Zealand human rights commissioner, Joy Liddicoat has joined APC as Project Coordinator for the new Connect your rights! Internet rights are human rights campaign. Joy's work in human rights began in earnest in 2001 when she attended the World Conference on Racism in Durban, South Africa. Afterwards, from 2002 until 2010, she was part of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, working with communities in the Asia-Pacific region on human rights, women’s rights, and rights for LGTBI people. She has extensive experience in different contexts from local communities through to the United Nations. She currently lives in New Zealand.
  • Mike Jensen
    Internet Access Specialist
    Mike Jensen is a South African ICT expert currently working as APC's Internet Access Specialist. Mike has assisted in the establishment of Internet-based communication systems in more than 40 developing countries over the last 20 years, mainly in Africa. He provides advice to international development agencies, the private sector, NGOs and governments in the formulation, management and evaluation of their Internet and telecommunication projects, ranging from national ICT policy development to international fiber and rural wireless telecommunication feasibility studies.<br> Mr. Jensen sent his first email 30 years ago while studying for his Masters degree in rural planning and development in Canada. He subsequently returned to South Africa to work as a journalist on the leading national newspaper in Johannesburg, the Rand Daily Mail. When the paper closed in 1983, with little sign of improvement in the political situation in South Africa, he moved to Canada, and in 1987 he co-founded the country's national Internet service provider for NGOs, called coincidentally, The Web ( He returned to work on the development of the Internet in Africa in the early 1990's.<br> Mr. Jensen's clients include the World Bank, African Development Bank, the Internet Society, the UK Department for International Development, the UN World Food Program, UNESCO, the Canadian International Development Research Center (IDRC), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A member of the African Conference of Ministers' High Level Working Group, which developed the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) in 1996, Mr. Jensen's recent projects include strategic advice on cross-border fiber provision in Africa, and a case study of national broadband deployment in Brazil.
  • rox's picture
    Roxana Bassi
    GISWatch coordinator
    I am APC's GISWATCH Coordinator. I am Argentinean, have studied IT Engineering and I have 25 years of experience in the application of ICTs (Information and Comunication Technologies) for development (ICT4D), with a generalistic approach.
  • shawna's picture
    Shawna Finnegan
    Human rights and the internet programme worker
    Shawna working on the Human Rights and the Internet programme. Her work includes research and advocacy at national and global levels on internet related human rights issues, including working with human right defenders, through Universal Periodic Review processes in diverse countries and at the United Nations Human Rights Council. Shawna has published papers on transparency, social inclusion, human rights and ICTs. As part of a Master of Science (Distinction) in Environmental Policy from the University of Leeds, Shawna conducted research on the the impact of transparency mechanisms in Ghana’s extractive industries.
  • Mohammed Tarakiyee
    Internet Rights MENA Coordinator

Sign in to