1. Purpose.
The purpose of this SOP is to establish guidelines for the CIPIT blog post on the CIPIT website.

2. Scope.
This SOP applies to all CIPIT staff responsible for writing, reviewing, approving, and disseminating research through blog posts. This applies to all instances where in all instances a need is identified to either create a new SOP or modify an existing one.

3. Applicability.
This SOP applies to all CIPIT staff i.e Research Fellows, Research Assistants, Graduate Interns, Interns, and Administrative staff.


One of the ways CIPIT disseminates its IP and IT research and knowledge is through its podcast, ‘The Friendly Troll.’ The Friendly Troll tackles IT and IP issues pertinent to the Global South. The podcast’s trolling is meant to enlighten listeners and explore interesting topics from a new point of view.

2. Scope.
Podcast topics should fall within the scope of the following subject matter, and address issues from the Global South perspective:

    1. Artificial Intelligence
    2. Intellectual Property
    3. Privacy and Data Protection
    4. Data Governance
    5. Digital Rights

3. Participants.
Contributors to the podcast include:

    1. Research fellows
    2. Research Assistants
    3. Graduate Interns
    4. Interns


1. Research Projects.
Typically, research projects will come from one of three places: grants that CIPIT has won from which we get our research objectives and outputs. Second, project ideas can come from conferences CIPIT can apply to or panels and workshops we can attend. Third, from YOU. You can propose a research topic or grant you’d like to apply to and craft the objectives and outputs. Team members can reach out to a research fellow or the research manager about the project they would like to undertake, and accompany it with a concept note.

2. Research Team.
The project needs will dictate the size of the team and the help you will need. Outline these in the beginning, set up weekly or fortnightly check in meetings where everyone has objectives, deadlines and outputs for the
next meeting and the overall project.

3. Time and Project management.
Designate at least 20 minutes of your regular meetings to track project progress and outputs as well as any blockers that come up and any communications that need to be made. Ensure that research participants
and stakeholders are communicated to effectively and make time for a check in with the research manager on the above.