CLD generates knowledge, capacities and dialogue on ICT for development in Latin America.
She is a member at the highest level (III) of the National Research System in Mexico (SNI). She was the founding director of the Telecom-CIDE research program for 15 years. She has directed numerous research projects at the national and international level around telecommunications regulations and policies promoting ICT for development. She has published extensively about the first and second generation of telecommunication reforms in Mexico and is the author of numerous papers on regulatory policy in telecommunications. Judith holds a Ph.D in Public Policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
She leads the overall institutional and research strategy of CLD, which recently shifted its lines of research to generate knowledge around how information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been used to face the Covid-19 crisis in Latin America, the mitigation efforts by governments, as well as the impact these measures have on livelihoods. CLD is currently beginning to work on issues of privacy and data protection, online disinformation, and digital gender gaps in online work and education in the region. Recent examples of CLD's leadership and policy influence include the implementation of training for members of the Mexican Senate on the fundamentals of ICT for design of internet legislation, led by CLD cybersecurity researchers and the participation of leaders of partner organizations in the region. In addition, CLD has participated in legislative processes in various countries in Latin America to inform the design of laws on the protection of personal data.