Brief description: The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency are pleased to announce the call for applications for the fourth “African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG).
Programme Timeline: from 11th to 15th October 2016
Application Deadline: Friday, 26th August 2016.
Offered annually? Yes
Eligible Countries: African countries
To be taken at (country): Durban, South Africa
Topics: The topics to be covered include:
- History and overview of internet governance
- The World Summit in the Information Society (WSIS) and the internet in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Internet and communications policy and development
- Human rights-related issues
- Internet standards and protocols
- The domain name and numbering system
- Multistakeholder approaches to internet governance
- Regional, national and international institutions involved in internet policy and regulation
- Topical issues such as the so-called “right to forget”, internet shutdowns, women’s rights and the internet, net neutrality, online “hate speech” and human rights on the internet.
About the Award: The goal of AfriSIG is to give Africans from multiple sectors and stakeholder groups the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence to enable them to participate effectively in internet governance processes and debates at the national, regional and global levels. AfriSIG also builds the capacity of people with existing expertise as the School facilitates peer learning and many participants are already established experts in internet policy and regulation. In addition to a five-day intensive learning event, AfriSIG provides all the participants with the opportunity to participate in the African IGF.
We believe that AfriSIG can increase the diversity, extent, quality and effectiveness of African participation in internet governance at the national, regional and global levels. AfriSIG’s broader goals are to strengthen African perspectives and voices in global internet governance and to achieve more inclusive and transparent internet governance on the continent.
Through learning and knowledge sharing, AfriSIG aims to build a multidisciplinary cadre of African expertise in internet governance. The School will bring together a diverse group of professionals from government, business, academia and civil society who are interested and involved in internet policy and development. The School prides itself in offering a world-class learning environment, with a faculty that has the experience and expertise to convey both practical and theoretical knowledge. AfriSIG graduates will better understand internet governance from a public interest perspective, have a grasp of internet policy processes and institutions, and be able to engage more effectively in national, regional and international processes and networks.
Offered Since: 2013
Type: Events and Conferences
Eligibility: The school is intended for leaders and professionals from:
- Government ministries and departments, national and regional communications regulatory authorities, and public sector information and communications services such as public libraries.
- Parliamentary portfolio committees that deal with communications issues.
- Network operators, service providers and other businesses who form part of the internet industry.
- Civil society and non-governmental organisations who interact with or operate in the internet-related information and communications sector.
- Human rights institutions dealing with internet issues, such as national or regional human rights commissions.
- Community-based information and communications services and the broader community informatics sector.
- The judiciary and other members of the legal community working with internet and communications law.
- Members of law enforcement agencies who deal with internet issues.
- The internet technical community.
- Academic and research institutions that deal with internet issues.
- Media organisations and outlets that focus on the internet.
Number of Awardees: Limited
Value of Programme: Successful candidates will be provided with a return economy class ticket, accommodation, meals and course materials. Participants or their employers will have to cover the costs of visas and local transport (to their nearest airport). There are limited spaces for full sponsorship and we encourage self-funding or co-funding for eligible participants who are not awarded full sponsorship.
How to Apply: To apply please complete the form “here”:https://www.apc.org/limesurvey/index.php/762717/lang-en by Friday, 26 August 2016.
Award Provider: African Internet Governance Forum (IGF), Association for Progressive Communications (APC).