APC’s network of affiliated organisations involves and incorporates actors from nearly all communication-information policy issues, and its network contains an unusual degree of technical knowledge about the Internet and telecommunication. APC have put particular emphasis on broadening access to ICTs in the developing world. But they were never just an ICT4D group; they also promoted free expression rights, privacy rights and gender equality as well. […] …when the WSIS debates shifted toward Internet governance APC alone was well prepared to handle it. That flexibility and scope, coupled with the facilitation and organising skills of APC’s professional staff, accounts for its centrality and influence.”
Conclusion of Milton Mueller et al in a case study on the role of advocacy groups in international communication and information policy. Extracted from Mueller, M. et al. (2007) “Democratising Global Communication? Global Civil Society and the Campaign for Communication Rights in the Information Society” in International Journal of Communication 1 (2007), pp. 267-296.