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Colleagues, here goes Diplo's call for applications for the upcoming Introduction to Internet Governance course, which kick-starts on 16 February. The 10-week course introduces IG policy and covers main issues, including Infrastructure and Standardisation, Legal, Economic, Sociocultural, and Development aspects, and a section on IG processes and actors.
Details below, and at http://www.diplomacy.edu/courses/IGCBP-foundation
Internet Governance (IG) may be more important to you than you realise.
Have you been reading and worrying about cybersecurity threats? Does online surveillance concern you and your colleagues? These are important IG issues. Learning more about IG will help you understand these personal and professional issues, and what can and should be done about them. Net neutrality? Privacy in online storage? Guidelines for cross-border Internet issues? How can regulators enhance and protect without interfering with the innovative principles that are the core of the Internet?
The 10-week Introduction to Internet Governance online course introduces IG policy and covers main issues, including Infrastructure and Standardisation, Legal, Economic, Sociocultural, and Development aspects, and a section on IG processes and actors. The course covers broadband policy; management of domain names and IP addresses, including the transition from IPv4 to IPv6; network neutrality; jurisdiction, intellectual property rights, open source and piracy; privacy protection; data security and cybersecurity; child protection; human rights; content management; digital signatures; emerging issues such as policies related to social networks and cloud computing, and more, with space for regional and other issues raised by the participants.
By the end of the course, participants should be able to:
The course forms part of Diplo's Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme Foundation Phase.
Excerpt from course materials
‘...IG is sometimes used interchangeably with Internet regulation and Internet policy. Although there is a considerable overlap, there are still specific differences between these concepts. Regulation implies the existence of legal rules with prescriptions of behaviour and sanctions, while policy is a broader term, usually referring to a plan to guide decisions and actions.’
The Introduction to Internet Governance online course includes one week of hypertext practice and platform familiarisation and introduction, and 8 in-depth course texts.
Course topics include:
Who should apply:
Diplo seeks applications from the following, from both developed and developing countries:
This course may also be of interest to:
This course is conducted online over a period of ten weeks, including one week of classroom orientation, eight weeks of dynamic class content and activities, and one week for the final assignment. Reading materials and tools for online interaction are provided through an online classroom. Each week, participants read the provided lecture texts, adding comments, references, and questions in the form of hypertext entries. The tutor and other participants read and respond to these entries, creating interaction based on the lecture text. During the week, participants complete additional online activities (e.g. further discussion via blogs or forums or quizzes). At the end of the week, participants and tutors meet online in a chat room to discuss the week’s topic.
Courses are based on a collaborative approach to learning, involving a high level of interaction. This course requires a minimum of eight to ten hours of study time per week.
The course materials, the e-learning platform, and the working language of the course is English. Applicants should consider whether their reading and writing skills in English are sufficient to follow postgraduate level materials and discussion. Spanish, Portuguese, and French options may be offered. Please request more information if you are interested in a second language option.
In addition to English-speaking groups, bilingual groups may be formed for the course, having English as the primary language, and either Arabic, French, Spanish, or Portuguese as the secondary language for communication and interaction. This option will be offered depending on the needs of the applicants. Applicants to the bilingual groups (if offered) are asked to note that both languages are considered working languages within these groups. Reading and writing skills in English must be sufficient to understand learning materials and instructions, and for basic communication and interaction. Reading and writing skills in the second language must be sufficient for discussion and research purposes. Please request more information if you are interested in a second language option.
Participants are invited to join Diplo’s global Internet governance online community of over 1,400 members, and to attend monthly webinars and other IG-related events and activities.
Applicants for the certificate course must have:
In addition to the above, applicants for the accredited course must also meet University of Malta prerequisites:
Course fees depend on whether you wish to obtain university credit for the course:
Applicants must pay full fees upon official acceptance into the course. The fee includes:
A limited number of partial scholarships (maximum 20%) will be offered to participants from developing and emerging countries. Participants who would like to apply for financial assistance must upload the following documents with their application:
How to apply:
A number of routes for application are available:
Applicants for certificate courses should apply online.Late applications will be considered if there are spaces available in the course.
Complete application packages must be received by specified application deadlines in order to be considered.
Please mail complete application packages to Ms Tanja Nikolic, firstname.lastname@example.org
Diplo reserves the right to cancel this course if enrolment is insufficient. In case of cancellation, Diplo will notify applicants shortly after the application deadline. Applicants who have paid an application fee may apply this fee towards another course or receive a refund.