Policy: A Beginner's Handbook
new book lays out the issues and dispenses with
the jargon to encourage more people to get involved
in ICT policy processes.
It's a book 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
not a map but it IS a compass.
Find out more about the handbook
online ($10.00USD plus postage and packing). Now
policy resources from APC
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
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.
Policy: A Beginner's Handbook, APC/Ed.
Chris Nicol, December 2003
This book 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
Policy: A Beginner's Handbook (download in pdf)
online ($10.00USD plus postage and packing)
TIC: Manual para principiantes (download Spanish version)
Policy for Civil Society Training Curriculum
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. Modules are in
English with some in Spanish.
for civil society training curriculum (You can download
the complete curriculum or modules covering different topics)
to Organising a National Consultation on ICT Policy
APC's FAQ about Conducting
a National WSIS Process outlines the
steps to take and key components in organising a national
around ICT policy, in this case specifically the debates
raised by the United Nations conference on the Information
Society (WSIS). The ‘frequently asked
questions’ (FAQ) question & answer format was
chosen 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
answers to a civil society organisation that has the interest
and initiative to organise an ICT policy-related consultation.
The primary target audience is
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
about conducting a national WSIS process (pdf)
more about the FAQ before you download
Guide for Gender and ICTs from the APC
Women's Programme (WNSP)
ICTs offer immense possibilities
for reducing poverty, overcoming women's isolation, giving
women a voice, improving governance and advancing gender
equality. This potential will only be realised if all factors
which contribute to the current 'gender digital divide'
are recognised and addressed in all ICT policy making spaces.
The APC and APC Women's Programme's message is simple
and clear: if these concerns are not addressed we face
the danger that WSIS and other policy
processes, will fail in addressing the needs of women,
and will contribute to reinforcing and reproducing existing
inequalities, discriminations and injustices. The APC WNSP's
ten-point policy guide provides an overview of key gender
and ICT concerns.
Guide for Gender and ICTs