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Teaching the Internet Governance Leaders of Tomorrow, the name of Summer
School on Internet Governance, indicated on the great five days, for
someone who recently engaged in Internet Governance process, as well as
for those known as an experts in that field. The 4th Summer School was
held, traditionally, in Meissen July 25-31, 2010. 33 students and 27
faculty members gathered in Meissen in order to discuss IG issues.
Variety of students imposed variety of their fields of specific
interests, but for all of them is a common only one, and it's IG.

What was the most interesting for me in Meissen, happened on Wednesday.
That was the day I'd been waiting for. On the agenda were human rights.
Prof. Doria and prof. Benedek presented jointly the most important
issues concerning Human Rights and Internet Governance. Firstly prof.
Doria gave us an overview about some basic points when it comes to human
rights. What does that mean, which international documents deal with
those issues and what is the relation between Internet and human rights.
After her presentation, prof. Benedek focused on the issue which human
rights should be taken into account in order to regulate the Internet
and how much regulation does cyberspace need. The most interesting part
of his presentation was when he explained the initiative of the Dynamic
Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles to submit a draft Charter of
Human Rights and Principles on the Internet. For someone who was
involved in that process it was very interesting to see how the current
version of the Charter looks like. Furthermore, prof. Benedek mentioned
some new rights that could be included in the Charter, such as online
human trafficking. I was wondering what would that be and on the
afternoon's workshop professor explained that in his opinion that could
be a right not to be exposed on the Internet, the slavery and harm
aspect of that.

Beside studying and discussing, the summer school was great opportunity
for meeting people that are interested in IG. We had a great time during
excursions in Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, boat trip and the gala
dinner. Although we had to sing our national songs and all of us
thought 'Oh, my God!', we all survived.

It was great and I hope to see my new friends soon!

Tschüs!

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The 2010 EuroSSIG set up the most appropriate environment for discussing IG, in a dynamic group of participants from more than 23 countries. There were 12 case studies that provided an overview of the state of internet and IG in different parts of the world and detailed presentations by various faculty members on allocation of country codes top level domains. While many questions were answered, many privacy and human rights -related concerns were added up to the growing agenda of research for the future. Intensive and challenging, the week spent in Meissen was a great opportunity for an open arena for debate and knowledge sharing - learning from lectures and learning from each other.
Masa and Roxana words can give you some idea of what “The Spirit of Meissen” is, but you will have to attend the next Euro-SSIG to fully understand it! And I do totally encourage you to do that!

I have done the whole Diplo’s IGCBP last year (foundation, advance and research phases) and I feel that this summer was the perfect time to do this summer school, since I already had a good background and knowledge provided by DiploFoundation Program and also from my professional and academic experiences.

Concerning the course, the first thing that I would like to highlight is the excellence of the faculty! The lectures were gave people that have an amazing background regarding IG topics and many of them have been involved with IG since the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process started.

As hot topics of the course, I would point out the next mandate of the Internet Governance Forum (assuming that it will continue, something that I do believe) and the multistakeholderism model, a governance model that can transcend the IG field and end up being an inspiring solution to address several topics that been struggling in the diplomatic agenda for a long time, such as environment.

My favorite part was the several lectures that gave me a better understanding of the complementary relationship between several bodies that deal with IG issues: ICANN, IGF, RIRs, ITU and many others regional and national entities.
Last but not least, the 12 students presentations (Brazil, Italy, Belarus, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Cameroon, Russia, Azerbaijan, Iceland, Servia, Basque Country and Estonia) addressing the their national Internet developments were very interesting and enlightening (even though we had only 10 minutes each! Managing the time was one of the most difficult things of the presentation).

I’m very glad that I had the golden opportunity of being a Euro-SSIG2010 student and I encourage everybody to apply for the next one!
Masa, Roxanna, Vanessa! well said. It was simply "enriching and wonderful".

But I just want to add that, for an IGCBP graduate like me, attending this European Summer School on IG is like "reaching a new level". The very good aspect was about teaching provided. Undoubtedly, we have been teached by renamed experts on Internet Governance field. I can mention, Prof Wolfgang, Mr Kummer, Prof Muller, Dr Avri, Prof Cavalli, Mr De la Chapelle, and many others experts. Everything took place in a beautiful place, Meissen !

C'est une experience fabuleuse !!!

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