APC Call for Applications: Fifth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG)

Deadline: 1 November 2017

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) has announced the call for applications for the fifth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG).

The 2017 School will be held in Cairo, Egypt from 28 November to 2 December, to coincide with the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) which will also take place in Cairo, from 4 to 6 December 2017.

AfriSIG’s primary goal is to give Africans from multiple sectors and stakeholder groups the opportunity to gain knowledge that will enable them to participate confidently and effectively in internet governance processes and debates at the national, regional and global levels.

The AfriSIG Curriculum

The School is structured as a five-day intensive learning and knowledge-sharing event which will include the following topics:

  • History and overview of internet governance, with an emphasis on multistakeholder approaches to internet governance.
  • Regional, national and international institutions involved in internet policy and regulation.
  • Internet and communications policy and development, and their relationship with the SDGs and human rights.
  • Internet standards and protocols.
  • Applied negotiation of principles for significant topical issues such as the so-called “right to forget”, intentional network interruptions in times of civic and political unrest, regulating cybercrimes and cybersecurity, and responding to hate and violence online.

Learning outcomes are applied and tested through a final practicum in which participant’s roleplay the multistakeholder negotiation of an outcome statement in response to a real-world internet governance problem on the year’s AfIGF agenda. This statement is, in turn, presented at the AfIGF as the cohort’s formal submission and debated, with the aim of contributing to shaping the IGF’s final outcome statement. In this way, participants enjoy the unique opportunity to experience and gain direct exposure to participation in the AfIGF, which AfriSIG strategically precedes.

Eligibility Criteria

The School will accept applications from 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 issues.
  • Network operators, service providers and other businesses that form part of the internet industry.
  • Civil society and non-governmental organizations that 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 organizations and outlets that focus on the internet.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must complete the application form via given website.

For more information, please visit Call for Applications.

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