4th African School on Internet Governance set for South Africa in October

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency has announced the call for applications for the fourth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). The 2016 School will be held in Durban, South Africa from October 11 – 15, 2016 in conjunction with the African Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

The goal of AfriSIG is to give Africans from multiple sectors and stakeholder groups the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence to enable them to participate effectively in internet governance processes and debates at the national, regional and global levels. AfriSIG also builds the capacity of people with existing expertise as the School facilitates peer learning and many participants are already established experts in internet policy and regulation. In addition to a five-day intensive learning event, AfriSIG provides all the participants with the opportunity to participate in the African IGF.

Building on the model of the European and Latin American Internet Governance Schools, APC and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency launched the first AfriSIG in July 2013 in Durban, South Africa. The second AfriSIG took place in November 2014 in Mauritius and the third in Addis Ababa at the African Union from 1 to 5 September 2015.

AfriSIG aims to increase the diversity, extent, quality and effectiveness of African participation in internet governance at the national, regional and global levels. AfriSIG’s broader goals are to strengthen African perspectives and voices in global internet governance and to achieve more inclusive and transparent internet governance on the continent.

Through learning and knowledge sharing, AfriSIG aims to build a multidisciplinary cadre of African expertise in internet governance. The School will bring together a diverse group of professionals from government, business, academia and civil society who are interested and involved in internet policy and development. The School prides itself in offering a world-class learning environment, with a faculty that has the experience and expertise to convey both practical and theoretical knowledge. AfriSIG graduates will better understand internet governance from a public interest perspective, have a grasp of internet policy processes and institutions, and be able to engage more effectively in national, regional and international processes and networks.

The AfriSIG Call for Applications targets 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 who form part of the internet industry; civil society and non-governmental organisations who 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 and community-based information and communications services and the broader community informatics sector. It’s also ideal for 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 as well as media organisations and outlets that focus on the internet.

The topics to be covered include: History and overview of internet governance; World Summit in the Information Society (WSIS) and the internet in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); internet and communications policy and development; human rights-related issues; internet standards and protocols; the domain name and numbering system; multi-stakeholder approaches to internet governance; regional, national and international institutions involved in internet policy and regulation and topical issues such as the so-called “right to forget”, internet shutdowns, women’s rights and the internet, net neutrality, online “hate speech” and human rights on the internet.

Successful applicants will be provided with a return economy class ticket, accommodation, meals and course materials. However, participants or their employers will have to cover the costs of visas and local transport (to the nearest airport).

APC has limited spaces for full sponsorship. To apply, complete this form by Friday, 26 August 2016.

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