Emerging leaders from civil society in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) are invited to apply for the third annual online training on Internet governance, made possible by the Hivos through the Internet Governance in the MENA Region (IGMENA) Programme. The course will be hosted and facilitated by DiploFoundation
, the global leader of capacity building programmes on Internet governance. Due to popular demand, the programme with have space for a larger number of participants this year! The application deadline is 27 July 2015.
From data privacy and cybersecurity to content regulation and net neutrality, policymakers and advocates face complex challenges related to the Internet. What background knowledge is necessary to understand these complex topics? How can civic actors engage on these issues and effectively advocate for policies that benefit Internet users? What are the unique challenges and opportunities for civic actors in the Middle East and North Africa? This program creates a unique opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and tools to address these issues, communicate with actors from government and the technical community, and influence policy outcomes.
The IGMENA training programme equips stakeholders from across the region to take a leadership role in Internet governance and policy discussions at the local, regional, and global level. The eight-week course features customised content developed to reflect current policy challenges specific to the Middle East. This year, the programme will incorporate a larger number of case studies from the region, ensuring that the content is relevant and practical.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to speak fluently about a range of Internet governance topics, connect this knowledge to their own experiences and context, and apply concepts from the course to their advocacy work. The programme will introduce select participants to a broader community of Internet governance experts and professionals by sponsoring participation in regional and global Internet governance processes. All successful participants will receive a Hivos/DiploFoundation course certificate.
The training takes place over the course of eight weeks. Each week has a specific focus:
Week 1: Introduction to the platform
Week 2: Internet Governance History
Week 3: How the Internet Functions
Week 4: Human Rights and Internet Governance
Week 5: Cybersecurity
Week 6: Mass Surveillance and Internet Filtering
Week 7: Practice Policy-making in nutshell
Week 8: Final Exam
Course material will cover the following topics in depth:
- The ecology of Internet governance: how the Internet works, the stakeholders involved, and a brief history of its development since the 1990s
- The status of MENA national and regional Internet governance forums and spaces
- Internet rights: human rights and the Internet, privacy and security, open source and privatization, content regulation and free speech
- Communications and information policy work around Internet rights and its influence on Internet governance processes
- Methods to participate actively in national and regional policy-making processes in order to influence discourse and outcomes
- Best practices at the global level and from other country case studies in an effort to apply those to the local context
We encourage you to apply if you are one or more of the following:
- A public sector employee working in the field, for example at the national regulator or the ministry of communication and technology
- A private sector employee working in the field, for example at an Internet or technology company
- A blogger, journalist, human rights activist, scholar, or researcher
- A student of law, political science, international relations, computer science, or engineering
All applicants must:
- Be able to communicate in English (you will be reading academic texts, discussing complex concepts, and submitting written assignments)
- Have regular access to the Internet (dial-up connection is sufficient, but broadband is preferable)
- Commit 5-8 hours each week to the class. This includes taking part in class discussions on a regular basis (posting three to five comments each week on the course reading materials), joining a one-hour chat session once a week, and completing two course assignments
The tuition fees of the training programme will be covered by a fellowship from Hivos.
27 July 2015: Deadline for applications
17 August 2015: Selected applicants are notified
3 September 2015: Training begins
How to apply
Complete the application and submit by 27 July 2015
(before 23:59 GMT) by following this link: http://goo.gl/forms/LWykQEypL9
. Selected candidates will be contacted by 17 August 2015. Email [email protected]
with any questions about the programme or the application process.