São Paulo, Brazil
Since 2005, the mission of the Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society (Cetic.br), a department of the Brazilian Network Information Center (NIC.br), linked to the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br), has been to monitor access to and use and appropriation of information and communication technologies in Brazil. It fulfills this objective by producing indicators on ICT access, use, and appropriation in various segments of society. This data serves as input for policymaking and monitoring of public policies that contribute to Internet development in the country.
In 2012, Cetic.br became a Category 2 Center of UNESCO, the first center related to the development of information and knowledge societies. Linked to the Communication and Information sector of UNESCO, it contributes to the realization of strategic goals of the institution, combining forces to monitor the construction of information and knowledge societies. Its regional scope of operation includes Latin America and Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa.