[AfrICANN-discuss] Call for applications for the fourth African School on Internet Governance

Kawsu Sillah kawsu.sillah at gmail.com
Thu Aug 4 10:00:39 UTC 2016

Dear All,

FYI. Apoliges for cross-posting and possible duplication.



AfriSIG Alumni (Class of 2014).



03 August 2016 (APCNews)
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 <http://afrisig.org/>.
The 2016 School will be held in *Durban, South Africa from 11 to 15 October
2016 in conjunction with the African Internet Governance Forum (IGF)*.

*Have you ever thought about the massive and significant role that the
internet plays in the world? In Africa, even though connectivity is still
not nearly sufficient, the internet touches on multiple aspects of daily
life, economic and social development, governance and government. This adds
new dimensions and challenges to privacy, security, human rights, women’s
rights, and business, to mention a few. These are issues that are not new
to the realm of governance, but dealing with them in the context of a
fast-changing, cross-border internet adds new dynamics and complexity.*

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.

Building on the model of the European and Latin American Internet
Governance Schools, APC and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency
launched the first AfriSIG in July 2013 in Durban, South Africa. The second
AfriSIG took place in November 2014 in Mauritius and the third in Addis
Ababa at the African Union from 1 to 5 September 2015.

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

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.

*Who should apply?*

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
   - 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.

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.

Successful applicants 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.

*To apply please complete the form* *here*
<https://www.apc.org/limesurvey/index.php/762717/lang-en> *by Friday, 26
August 2016*. For more information visit the AfriSIG website www.afrisig.org
or contact the AfriSIG team: Dr. Towela Nyirenda Jere at towelan at nepad.org
and Anriette Esterhuysen or Emilar Vushe at afrisig at apc.org.


Best Regards,

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