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About LINK

Established in 1999, the LINK Centre in Johannesburg is an interdisciplinary academic hub based at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Literature, Language and Media (SLLM) and the Wits Tshimologong Digital Innnovation Precinct. The LINK team teaches, researches and advises on a wide range of information and communication technology (ICT), innovation, and digital transformation matters in South African, African and other Global Southern contexts.

The LINK Centre works at intersections among law, policy studies, political science, economics, sociology, informatics, information science, engineering, media studies, management, and development studies. It offers PhD and Master's programmes in:

  • Interdisciplinary Digital Knowledge Economy Studies
  • ICT Policy and Regulation (ICTPR)

LINK also offers certificate programmes in:

  • Cybersecurity Professional Practice
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO) Practice
  • Digital Government
  • Telecommunications Policy, Regulation and Management (TPRM)
  • Broadasting and Digital Media Policy-Regulatory Trends
  • Postal Policy and Regulation

LINK conducts research in the following four progamme areas:

  • Policy, Regulation and Governance for the Digital Ecosystem
  • Digital Innovation and Transformation in Institutions and Sectors
  • Cybersecurity Policy and Practice
  • Open Approaches to Knowledge Management and Governance

The Centre publishes the accredited, open access, peer-reviewed academic journal, The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC).

LINK's research and publishing outputs contribute to policy development, public discourse, and delivery of its PhD, Master's and certificate programmes. If you wish to explore collaboration opportunities with us, please contact: