Information and communication technologies (ICT) policy
decisions affect anyone who wants to take advantage of
the opportunities that new technologies can offer. Will
the national policy favour technology that is state-of-the
art but not affordable in rural areas? Will your government
provide service subsidies to poor or disabled people? Will
your government encourage the development of software that
illiterate people can use? All of these are pressing questions
whose answers depend on the ICT policy choices made by
governments and other official decision-makers.
APC has created resources to help civil society organisations
understand policy and regulation related to ICT so that
you can begin to engage and influence policy processes
affecting ICT adoption and implementation at national,
regional and global levels.
“ICT Policy for Civil Society”
The ICT Policy for Civil Society training
course builds the capacity of civil society organisations
to understand policy and regulation related to information
and communication technologies (ICT) so that they can begin
to engage and influence policy processes affecting ICT adoption
and implementation at national, regional and global levels.
This is a five day course with each session
planned to last approximately 1.5 hours. The modules can
be used stand-alone as training on a particular topic or
used together as part of a longer course.
out more about the curriculum and download the whole
thing or modules covering different topics
Policy: A Beginner's Handbook
Chris Nicol, December 2003
by APC lays out the issues and dispenses with the jargon
to encourage more people to get involved in ICT policy
processes. It is for people who feel that
ICT policy is important but don't know much about it,
e.g. a government official worried about a gap in her
technical knowledge of how the internet works, a human-rights
worker concerned that his need to send secure email is
being challenged by national government policy, a citizen
fed up with paying exorbitant rates for dial-up internet
access and ready to organise
The APC handbook is not a map
of the ICT policy terrain but
it is a compass.
SPANISH in early 2004 (zipped pdf)
to Organising a National Consultation on ICT Policy
The APC “FAQ about Conducting a National
WSIS Process” outlines
the steps to take and key components in organising a national
consultation around ICT policy, in this case specifically
the debates raised by the United Nations conference on
the Information Society (WSIS). We chose the ‘frequently
asked questions’ (FAQ) question & answer format
in order to home in on some of the key questions we have
heard people ask.
This is not a completely comprehensive guide to national
level ICT policy lobbying, but it provides some useful
answers to a civil society organisation that has the interest
and initiative to organise an ICT policy-related consultation.
WHO IS THE GUIDE FOR? The primary target audience is people
that are active in using or promoting the use of ICTs in
their work, but who have not necessarily been involved
in national level policy processes previously.
out more about the FAQ......
the guide (pdf)
background to the FAQ