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 material that Latin American civil society needs to be able to have a greater and more effective voice in local and regional negotiations over ICT policies.
A powerful cross referencing tool allows one to search news, policy documents, analyses of a topic, and resources of activist and specialist organisations – by both theme and by country at the same time. For the first time there was a section on national ICT statistics and the site included a “first steps” section for those new to the topic of ICT policies and activism.
The LAC monitor was redesigned based upon the response from civil society organisations and other entities and individuals who regularly use the site to organise campaigns, carry out research projects, etc.
The monitor regularly publishes a summary of the most noteworthy news and resources, (documents, analyses, legislation, projects, declarations, etc) and issues a quarterly topical newsletter on “Public Policies and Internet Rights.”
The site was closed down in 2010.