Internet Governance is the overall process of Internet management, its security, stability, and development. Currently there is lack of understanding and knowledge amongst most Internet users in the Arab region about Internet Governance, which impedes their full participation and integration in the discussion as main stakeholders. As a result, engaging Arab Internet users in the regional and global debate about Internet Governance first requires building knowledge on the subject.
The training will bring participants together from various disciplines to learn about the Internet Governance process, and to exchange ideas regarding Internet issues specific to the Arab region from three angles: policy, technology, and advocacy.
Hivos is seeking participants who are interested in learning about Internet policy and who would like to be part of regional and global discussions about topics related to the management of the Internet, cyber security, digital safety, privacy, surveillance, freedom of expression, and Internet rights.
Who May Apply
This is a tailor-made training for participants from the Arab region, providing them access to a network of international and Arab region experts on Internet Governance and Internet public policy. While most of the training material and sessions will be conducted in English, participants are encouraged to also initiate discussions in Arabic.
Candidates who may apply for this training include:
human rights activists
students of law, political science, or International relations
public sector employees in communications and technology
private sector employees at companies operating in the Internet industry
be fluent in English
have basic knowledge of Internet issues related to the Arab region
be willing to participate fully in an intensive four-day training
Applications will be accepted until Sunday, 4 May 2014 at midnight CET. Selected candidates will be notified no later than 8 May 2014.
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Call for Participants
Internet Governance has become a mainstream issue, due largely to the controversial Snowden revelations that triggered a wave of outrage on a global scale, calling for more transparency on how the Internet is governed, for the decentralisation of Internet management, and for protection of human rights on the Internet. These urgent needs require the participation of Internet users from the Arab region in global discussion about how to shape Internet policies.