Roxana Bassi


Roxana is a telecommunication engineer with 27 years of experience in the application of information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D). She connected her first modem to Fidonet 33 years ago, and since then has worked in 30 countries all over the world, including eight months redesigning the telecoms infrastructure of Afghanistan after the war. Having a generalist approach to ICTs, she has worked for several international organisations, governments and commercial enterprises. She is the author of three books and over 120 articles. Most of her writings can be accessed at At APC she coordinates Global Information Society Watch ( One day she would like to resume her doctorate on Agents and MOOCs.

Purpose of position

Provide overall coordination of the GISWatch initiative in order to not just sustain it, but to grow it and increase its impact as an information, research and advocacy platform for the development of an inclusive, fair and open internet and information society. This includes resource mobilisation, building and managing strategic partnerships, planning and production of annual and special reports, animation and maintenance of the GISWatch website and online community, and promotion, outreach and dissemination, including launch activities.