The cTLD works through commissioned and commissioning of research by the team members on various topics and issues relating to technology and law. The commissioned papers will constitute the knowledge bank for purposes of informing policy changes, organisational strategies and interventions by government agencies. Areas of research including the following; Intellectual property in the digital age; privacy and data protection; internet and digital media; social media law; internet and internet governance; e-governance; e-commerce including tax advisory, mobile solutions; Consumer Protection in an online environment; technology and access to justice; international development, and democracy, human rights and civil liberties. Our desire is for these various research products to contribute towards understanding how innovation can be used to achieve social justice. The centre will provide support for development of laws around technology through best practices, research and comparative studies. cTLD has the capacity to conduct national and regional studies; and when/where necessary/periodically publish on developments and trends in African technology law and policy.
The research carried out by cTLD enables the organisation to provide assistance to a wide range of institutions in the navigation of technology laws and policies in the region and in Africa as a whole. Such assistance would include regulatory compliance as well as legal issues related to technology and the law.
The cTLD will provide training support to individuals, institutions interested in law and technology. Such training and policy briefs will help clients identify online risks as well as addressing the compliance requirements associated with the use of information technology. Providing briefings before specific institutions such as Parliament, Parliament Committees, and Constitutional Commissions is included under this mandate.
As cTLD that is likely to serve a wide array of clients including governments, there will be a deliberate support towards court processes through amicus briefs. The briefs will assist the courts in making decisions on key issues. In the absence of such cases for provision of research support, the centre will work with litigants on their cases.
Part of the reason cTLD exists is to use technology as a tool to improve access to justice in Africa. This requires the innovative use of information communication technologies to deliver legal services to people. Envisaged legal services delivered online include the wills, simple contracts and other straightforward form-based legal documents that do not require lawyers to fill in. Delivery of these services is via an online portal and the service will be at minimal cost.