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.

Communication for influence in Central, East and West Africa (CICEWA)
Communication for influence in Central, East and West Africa (CICEWA) 24 January 2008

The communication for influence – linking advocacy, dissemination and research by building ICTD networks in Central, East and West Africa project, or CICEWA, evolved from a discussion between the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet). Both organisations wanted to continue the research, dissemination and advocacy work in Africa that they have been involved in over the last few years. All the other developing countries have substantially...

Communications and Information Policy in Latin America - Website
Communications and Information Policy in Latin America - Website 19 December 2007

Available since 2001, the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) ICT Policy Monitor website gathers essential news and documentation about policies relating to information and communication technologies (ICTs). Through the website, the only one of its kind across Latin America and the Caribbean, APC aims to demystify internet policies and regulations. APC unveiled a new version of the website in 2006. The updated monitor site had a new design and structure, making it easier to search for the mat...

Catalysing Access to ICTs in Africa (CATIA)
Catalysing Access to ICTs in Africa (CATIA) 18 December 2007

CATIA was a three-year project supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to enable Africans to gain maximum benefits from the opportunity offered by ICTs and to act as catalysts for policy reform. APC, as the lead implementer for CATIA on African-led advocacy for ICT policy reform, supported six national advocacy processes in Africa from 2004-6. In the process, we deve...

LAC ICT Policy Monitor: Networking and advocacy in 2006
LAC ICT Policy Monitor: Networking and advocacy in 2006 18 December 2007

“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 and Caribbean (LAC) policy coordinator, Valeria Betancourt. In 2006 APC developed a proposal for the inclusion of civil society participation in the eLAC2007 implementation process....

LAC ICT Policy Monitor: Research and evaluation in 2006
LAC ICT Policy Monitor: Research and evaluation in 2006 18 December 2007

The Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) ICT Policy Monitor was involved in a number of research activities during 2006. The first was a collaboration with the World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC) and the APC Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) to research: “Effective access of rural communities to broadcasting in equal opportunities: A key strategy for digital inc...

Global policy advocacy in 2006
Global policy advocacy in 2006 18 December 2007

  For the APC policy programme, 2006 was a year of transition. The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process reached its zenith in Tunis in November 2005. In its aftermath, it was necessary to review the policy terrain and see what dynamics were coming into play. A number of CIPP projects were evaluated in 2006: The APC policy portals (global, regional and national), our 2003 ...

Member Travel Fund (MTF)
Member Travel Fund (MTF) 17 December 2007

The APC Member Travel Fund MTF travel fund (formally known as the CIPP travel fund) was established in March 2005 to facilitate member participation in events that are relevant to the APC strategic priorities. The current policy guiding access to and use of the Member Travel Fund is reflected in the following. Overall strategy guiding APC participation in events APC’s participation in ev...

Open access in Africa: FibreForAfrica.net
Open access in Africa: FibreForAfrica.net 13 December 2007

APC’s FibreForAfrica.net site provides basic information about international bandwidth in Africa, its costs and the existence of monopoly access to it. It focuses especially on the proposed East African cable projects and the ending of the monopoly of SAT-3. Graphic: Utopia Communications and ACACIA/IDRC.

Africa ICT Policy Monitor
Africa ICT Policy Monitor 13 December 2007

The primary goal of the APC Africa ICT Policy Monitor is to enable African civil society organisations to engage in ICT policy development processes in order to promote an information society based on social justice and human rights. The ultimate aim is for governments and policy-makers to recognise that access to and the use of ICTs is a basic human right. The project, which was started in 200...

LAC Monitor: Research on broadcasting as a digital inclusion strategy
LAC Monitor: Research on broadcasting as a digital inclusion strategy 30 October 2007

The research: “Effective access of rural communities to broadcasting in equal opportunities: A key strategy for digital inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean” was a collaboration with APC’s policy programme, the World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC) and the APC Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) to research. The project posed the question: “How can br...

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