Call for Participation: Online training programme on Internet Governance and policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) - advanced phase  

by mortsan

The Internet is facing many challenges and threats at the global, regional and national level with governments questing for more power and control. To this aim, governments are maintaining surveillance, imposing Internet filtering, adopting strict legislation and using the UN and other intergovernmental processes to curb freedoms on the Internet. Furthermore, many changes happened recently with revelations about the NSA large-scale surveillance and the speech of the Brazilian president at UN Assembly General calling for new civil rights framework for Internet.

How activists, human rights defenders or journalists can cope with the recent defiance and understand these issues? Are they empowered enough with the adequate knowledge to share the responsibility? How can they be able to grasp the reality of the global discussion and be able to be effective in international fora? There is an opportunity to fill the gap and be ready to respond to these threats with the appropriate knowledge, skills and tools and develop deeper knowledge for those already involved.


The Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (Hivos) is organising an advanced online training programme under its programme on Internet Governance in the MENA Region (IGMENA); following the introduction phase where participants had the chance to grasp basic knowledge about Internet Governance and policy.

The advanced phase is designed to go deeply into specific topics with especial focus on (online) Human Rights perspectives. The main objective of the training programme is to train and equip different stakeholders across the region with the skills and knowledge on IG and Human Rights issues; i.e. freedom of expression and privacy. It is an important step for better capacity and awareness building in the region and making progress in terms of Internet and users’ rights.

At the end of the training, participants will have the required toolkits to share experiences with their peers, understand IG from Human Rights standpoint, link them to the situation in their respective countries and influence local policies. Furthermore, the programme is not based only on online curriculum; however, it will give the opportunity for interaction with recognised experts and peers in the region and sharing best practices and experiences.

The tuition fees of the training programme will be covered by a fellowship from Hivos in partnership with Association of Progressive Communication (APC) and DiploFoundation to a number of selected and qualified applicants who demonstrate the required skills.

Course description

The online training programme consists of an Advanced Phase (focuses on in-depth issues like Human Rights and Internet). The online platform is provided by DiploFoundation and APC with original up-to-date content and curriculum tailored with special focus on MENA issues. It is based on online classroom that provides interactive tools facilitating interaction between participants with the support of experienced trainers.

The course covers five aspects: 
  1. Critical Internet Resources
  2. Privacy
  3. Human rights and Internet
  4. Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Information
  5. Cybersecurity


The programme is aimed for:
  • Bloggers, journalists, human rights activists, scholars, researchers, students with a legal background, political science or International relations.
  • Public sector employees at the national regulators or the ministries of communication and technology.
  • Members of the private sector representing a company operating in the Internet industry.


Applicants should have:
  • Sufficient ability in English (including reading academic texts, discussing complex concepts with other course participants, and submitting essays and written assignments).
  • Regular access to the Internet (dial-up connection is sufficient; although broadband is preferable).
  • Ability to dedicate a minimum of 8-10 hours commitment per week (the time management is important to keep the pace) and the readiness to participate in class online sessions (once a week at specified times). Applicant must commit to finish the programme. For this reason, a letter of commitment will be signed upon selection to the program.


Duration: 10 weeks

Week 1 Nov 18 – 24: Orientation Week
Week 2 Nov 25 – Dec 1: History of the Internet (Introduction)
Week 3 Dec 2 – 8: Infrastructure and Critical Internet Resources
Week 4 Dec 9 – 15: Human rights I
Week 5 Dec 16 – 22: Human rights II
Two-week BREAK Dec 28 – January 5
Week 6 Jan 6 – 12: Cybersecurity
Week 7 Jan 13 – 19: Privacy (Overview)
Week 8 Jan 20 – 26: Privacy as a Human Right
Week 9 Jan 27 – Feb 2: Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Information
Week 10 Feb 3 – 9: Final exam


Interested applicants should provide all the required information and fill in online form.

Only complete applications will be considered. Application deadline: 10 November 2013. Selected candidates will be contacted by 14 November 2013. 

For inquiries, email us on: [email protected]