Communications and Information Policy Programme

CIPP responds to access, governance and rights problems in a consistent, systematic and integrated way, addressing national and regional particularities in Asia, Africa and Latin America and ensuring a multi-directional dynamic between the national, global and the regional levels. This is achieved by providing research/analysis-based substantive insights and framings; facilitating movement building and cross-movement interaction; enhancing the individual and collective agency of people to defend human rights online and to transform lives at local levels; addressing the transforming effect of technology through alternate viewpoints and approaches; developing and building the capacity of civil society and other stakeholders to engage with internet issues and processes, including those related to policy; and advocating for favourable policy options and solutions at global, regional and national levels.

Audio version of APC Charter on internet rights in Spanish
Audio version of APC Charter on internet rights in Spanish 27 May 2009

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Latin American Association of Radio Education (ALER-Asociación Latinoamericano de Educación Radiofónica) are launching an audio version of the APC Charter on internet rights available on the web in the form of podcasts, so that community media, blogs and websites may freely reproduce and adapt them. What is the APC Charter on internet rights? The internet is a medium that allows everyone to inform and express themselves. However,...

South African National Broadband Forum
South African National Broadband Forum 10 March 2009

  South Africa is on the eve of a major broadband infrastructure roll-out. Affordable broadband can have a significant impact on the country’s socio-economic, political, cultural and educational development; but broadband penetration in South Africa lags behind countries with a similar level of development such as the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Turkey. This is due in part to the lack of a coherent policy framework to guide the development of broadband. The election of a new go...

Study on the effects and possibilities of ICT for the enhancement of democracy
Study on the effects and possibilities of ICT for the enhancement of democracy 10 March 2009

  APC has been commissioned by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) to investigate the potential for the use of ICTs for advancing democracy. The study is intended to look beyond the simple “use” of ICTs (mainly internet and mobile phones) for democracy and are digging deeper to find out how ICTs permeate the different levels of society. Among others, the study assesses ...

Pro-poor ICT access resource kit
Pro-poor ICT access resource kit 06 October 2008

Business people, community activists and policy-makers have an interest in as many people as possible –including people in the lowest income-brackets- having access to the internet, being able to check out important information on websites and communicate cheaply via email or internet phone. In order to reduce poverty and foster inclusive development through affordable access to the int...

Internet Governance Forum
Internet Governance Forum 01 October 2008

  The Internet Governance Forum is a multistakeholder policy dialogue space convened by the United Nations Secretary General in 2006 to “foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the internet.” It provides a kind of “pressure relief valve” for some of the most controversial internet governance issues, allowing actors with quite radically differen...

Communication for influence in Latin America (CILAC – Andean Region)
Communication for influence in Latin America (CILAC – Andean Region) 20 June 2008

  APC has been actively working to advance ICT policy advocacy in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region since 2001. APC has focused on: advocacy for opening up policy spaces to civil society inputs facilitating the engagement of civil society organisations in ICT policy processes by building civil society capacities to understand ICT policy issues providing relevant informati...

Media piracy study
Media piracy study 30 May 2008

‘Towards Détente in Media Piracy’ is a two-year project that examines the nature and extent of media piracy and the effect of anti-piracy legislative and enforcement frameworks on access to knowledge in South Africa. The research phase began in January 2008 and finished in April 2009. It was carried out by researchers from APC and several South African universities and forms part of a larg...

Communications and Information Policy in Latin America - Advocacy
Communications and Information Policy in Latin America - Advocacy 14 March 2008

  “Participation has always been the Achilles’ heel of eLAC2007”, the regional plan of action for the information society adopted by Latin American and Caribbean governments in 2005, says APC’s Latin American (LA) policy coordinator, Valeria Betancourt. In 2008, APC continues working to open up spaces for more continuous and strategic civil society participation and its proactive e...

Communications and Information Policy in Latin America - Research and Issue Papers
Communications and Information Policy in Latin America - Research and Issue Papers 14 March 2008

LAC ICT Policy Monitor logo: Image: APC. The CIPP – LA is working in a number of research activities in 2008. Using a mix of methodologies (including empirical tasks, surfacing the policy narrative, testing through examples, and examining the extent to which civil society organizations are engaged with ICT policy process and impacted by them), we aim to inform advocacy by civil society o...

Communications and Information Policy in Latin America - Raising awareness and building capacities
Communications and Information Policy in Latin America - Raising awareness and building capacities 14 March 2008

  The CIPP – LA is committed to develop skills and increase the confidence of diverse civil society organisations and groups working on different areas of development so they can make an impact on ICT policy-making in their countries and in regional or global fora. In 2008, we are working with several APC member organisations to facilitate involvement of grassroots and communities in ICT...

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