Teaching Internet Governance - The experience of the Summers School of Internet Governance

16 November 2009 - A Best Practice Forum on Other in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt


Internet Governance is a cross cutting theme and there were no specific teaching programs that covered all aspects of Internet Governance from an integral perspective. The Workshop objective is to describe the experience of the trhee Summer Schools on Internet Governance that took place during 2007 and 2008. Many of the former students of the different IG Schools are now deeply involved in different IG processes like ICANN, teaching or in Government roles ruling the Internet. 

The value of the IG schools is bringing younger participants broadening the participation specially from representatives from developing countries, all with a multistakeholder approach and with a multibackground experience. The workshop will review the existing experiences and will explore new improvements to be implemented in the IG schools after the three successful experiencies. 

a) Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in the proposed workshop. 
This is already done and they are willing to participate. 

b) Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity. 
Participants are from the academia, private sector, civil society and government, they come from Europe, the USA, Tunisia and Geneva, Switzerland. 
Also it is important to mention that the IG schools are organized in different regions (Europe, Latin America, Africa) and specially in the case of the South School on Internet Governance it will take place each year in each country of the Latin American Region. 

c) Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion? 
It provides different visions from the different stakeholders invited, focused on one issue which is the experience in teaching Internet Governance in the different regions, Latin America, Europe and the Arab world. 
It will also explore futre improvements that the IG shcools may have. 

The pioneering experience was the Euro-SSIG organized in Meissen, Germany, followed with SOUTH Sssig that was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the Latin American Region and the Arab Ssig, that will take place soon in Cairo, Egypt, with focus on the Arab region. These programs help interested students and academics as well as individuals working in the private sector or in government, to understand better the global Internet Governance controversy and to get a comprehensive and structured knowledge on the various aspects of Internet Governance. They help also to broaden the Internet Governance global community taking also in consideration the regional and local perspectives. 

Speakers are as follows:

Olga Cavalli - Professor Universidad de Buenos Aires
George Victor Salama - National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) – Egypt
William J. Drake - Graduate Institute International and Development Studies , Geneva, Switzerland.
Wolfgang Kleinwaechter - Professor University of Aharus, Dennmark.
Avri Doria - Professor Lulea University
Adrián Carballo - Institutional Director South School on Internet Governance
Sandra Hoferichter - Medienstadt Leipzig e.V

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