Civil Society and ICTs: Creating Participatory Spaces for Democratizing ICT Policy and Governance in the Philippines

5th Communication Policy Research South Conference (CPRsouth5), Xi'an, China

29 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2010

Date Written: December 6, 2010

Abstract

This paper examines and identifies the dimensions, activities, purpose, and extent of civil society organizations’ participation in ICT policy making and governance in the Philippines. This research scrutinizes the dynamics between the institutional context (e.g. present ICT policies, international policies commitment, institutions, etc.) of ICT policy and governance policies vis-à-vis the actors, activities (e.g. advocacy, capacity building, partnership, networking, research, service provision, etc.), issue areas/ purpose (e.g. human rights, environment, sustainable development, capacity building, gender, etc.), and extent (e.g. participation of CSOs in the different venues of governance and policy making processes). Empirically, the study aims to systematically map out the terrain of CSO efforts and document existing practices of CSO engagement in ICT policy and governance in the context of identifying opportunities and challenges for creating greater democratic space and institutionalizing citizen involvement in ICT governance. Theoretically, this paper aims to contribute to the understanding of civil society’s role in governance and policy making in the Philippines specifically in the understudied, complex and cross-cutting sector of information and communications technology.

Suggested Citation

Hecita, Ian Jayson Reyes, Civil Society and ICTs: Creating Participatory Spaces for Democratizing ICT Policy and Governance in the Philippines (December 6, 2010). 5th Communication Policy Research South Conference (CPRsouth5), Xi'an, China. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1724471 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1724471

Ian Jayson Reyes Hecita (Contact Author)

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