The ICT Policy Program at CIPIT seeks to understand how advances in information technology affect state-citizen-market relations in the contemporary African state.
As information technology and especially the Internet spreads across Africa, it is reshaping state-citizen relations, economy and social activities in unprecedented ways. Important to us though is that while ICT offers efficiency and increased opportunities to a wide range of sectors in society, it also creates along with it challenges in social and technical spaces for example in the form of privacy intrusion, unconsented surveillance and cyber crime. How best Africa leverages on the opportunities extended by the Information technology revolution while limiting the loss of national values, material wealth and fundamental freedoms calls for sustained and dedicated research on this area.
To better respond to this need the program draws a multidisciplinary faculty from law, political science, computer science and development while using diverse methodological approaches to inform debates on ICT application, regulation, security and freedom in cyberspace.
The program aims at two things:
- · Generate empirically-grounded research relevant to Africa on social, economic and political impact of ICT and especially on the role of legal frameworks in the ICT ecosystem.
- · Inform policy debates and practice by sharing our research findings with governments, civil society, business communities and the citizens to ensure state and corporate ends are met while respecting fundamental citizen rights.