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Overview

Internet governance (IG) may be more important for Africa 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 online course Internet Governance in Africa - An Introduction offered by the NEPAD Agency and DiploFoundation introduces Internet governance and policy and covers main issues, including infrastructure and standardisation; cybersecurity; legal, economic, development and sociocultural aspects; human rights; and IG processes and actors. More specifically, 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.

The course also offers case studies and practical examples from Africa and participants will be encouraged to contextualize their learning to their countries or regions.

Course materials and the e-learning platform are presented in English. However, participants who are more comfortable with communication in French may join a bilingual group which uses English as the primary language, and French as a secondary language for communication and interaction. Participants in the bilingual group may submit written assignments in French.

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No

Application deadline: 
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ECTS credits: 
0
Mode(s) of study: 
Certificate
Course details

Internet governance (IG) may be more important for Africa 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 online course Internet Governance in Africa - An Introduction offered by the NEPAD Agency and DiploFoundation introduces Internet governance and policy and covers main issues, including infrastructure and standardisation; cybersecurity; legal, economic, development and sociocultural aspects; human rights; and IG processes and actors. More specifically, 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.

The course also offers case studies and practical examples from Africa and participants will be encouraged to contextualize their learning to their countries or regions.

Course materials and the e-learning platform are presented in English. However, participants who are more comfortable with communication in French may join a bilingual group which uses English as the primary language, and French as a secondary language for communication and interaction. Participants in the bilingual group may submit written assignments in French.

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand Internet-related terminology, concepts and issues
  • Understand the international aspects of Internet governance
  • Identify institutional and negotiation aspects of Internet governance
  • Explain the various regional and professional understandings and approaches to Internet governance
  • Engage in the Internet governance policy processes in their countries and regions, as well as in global policy processes.

Course outline

The Introduction to Internet Governance online course includes one week of classroom orientation, eight weeks of dynamic class content and activities, and one week for the mid-course assignment.

The course modules are:

  1. Introduction to Internet Governance
  2. Infrastructure and Standardisation Basket
  3. Cybersecurity Basket and Network NeutralityLegal Basket
  4. Legal Basket
  5. Mid-course Assignment
  6. Economic basket
  7. Sociocultural and Development Basket
  8. Human Rights Basket
  9. Internet Governance Actors and Processes
Reviews

Participating in Internet Governance for Africa - An Introduction was absolutely one of the greatest learning experiences of my life. The Hypertext, the chat rooms, the course moderators, the material provided, the interaction with colleagues and moderators contributed to make the entire course very interesting, clear and enjoyable. I never thought that a online course could be this effective.

Felimone Amone Jr
Deputy Director Training and Research Department, Science Innovation Information and Communication Technology Research Institute - SIITRI, Mozambique
October 2014

I found the course quite insightful bearing in mind that it was about Internet Governance (IG) focussed specifically on the African Continent. This helped us to clearly bring out IG issues affecting the continent and in some cases proposed solutions. Also, another important aspect of
the course was the fact that it had participants drawn specifically from the Africa continent; this helped in sharing ideas easily since most of us are facing and affected by the same IG issues. 

Davis N Osakia
Internet Society Kenya Chapter
October 2014
Who should apply

The training is open to a wide variety of stakeholders including:

  • Government officials
  • Officials from regional and sub-regional institutions
  • Parliamentary representatives
  • Civil society activists and advocates
  • Students, academics and researchers
  • Journalists

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen of a member state of the African Union
  • Be able to read, write, and converse in English
  • Be fluent in French, if applying for the bilingual English-French group
  • Have reliable Internet access

Applicants with an undergraduate degree may have an added advantage. Preference will be given to individuals living and working in Africa.

Prerequisites

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen of a member state of the African Union
  • Be able to read, write, and converse in English
  • Be fluent in French, if applying for the bilingual English-French group
  • Have reliable Internet access (dial-up connection is sufficient, although broadband is preferable)
  • Be able to commit a minimum of eight hours study time per week, and be available to participate in class online sessions (once a week at specified times)

Applicants with an undergraduate degree may have an added advantage. Preference will be given to individuals living and working in Africa.

Fees

Tuition fees for accepted applicants in this course will be covered by a fellowship provided by the NEPAD Agency.

How to apply

The application deadline for this course has passed. Please check back for possible opportunities in 2016.

To apply, please fill out the online applicaiton form for this course. Please note the following:

  • The application form asks you to provide a short motivation statement (100 - 150 words) indicating the reasons for your interest in this course, and why you feel you should be selected to participate: how your participation will benefit you, your institution and/or your country.

  • Don't forget to indicate your language group preference (English or bilingual English-French) on the form.

Late applications may be considered subject to availability of places.

Enquiries may be directed to Admissions@diplomacy.edu, Ginger Paque (virginiap@diplomacy.edu) or Towela Nyirenda-Jere (towelan@nepad.org).

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Course details:

Internet governance (IG) may be more important for Africa 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 online course Internet Governance in Africa - An Introduction offered by the NEPAD Agency and DiploFoundation introduces Internet governance and policy and covers main issues, including infrastructure and standardisation; cybersecurity; legal, economic, development and sociocultural aspects; human rights; and IG processes and actors. More specifically, 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.

The course also offers case studies and practical examples from Africa and participants will be encouraged to contextualize their learning to their countries or regions.

Course materials and the e-learning platform are presented in English. However, participants who are more comfortable with communication in French may join a bilingual group which uses English as the primary language, and French as a secondary language for communication and interaction. Participants in the bilingual group may submit written assignments in French.

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand Internet-related terminology, concepts and issues
  • Understand the international aspects of Internet governance
  • Identify institutional and negotiation aspects of Internet governance
  • Explain the various regional and professional understandings and approaches to Internet governance
  • Engage in the Internet governance policy processes in their countries and regions, as well as in global policy processes.

Course outline

The Introduction to Internet Governance online course includes one week of classroom orientation, eight weeks of dynamic class content and activities, and one week for the mid-course assignment.

The course modules are:

  1. Introduction to Internet Governance
  2. Infrastructure and Standardisation Basket
  3. Cybersecurity Basket and Network NeutralityLegal Basket
  4. Legal Basket
  5. Mid-course Assignment
  6. Economic basket
  7. Sociocultural and Development Basket
  8. Human Rights Basket
  9. Internet Governance Actors and Processes
Who should apply:

The training is open to a wide variety of stakeholders including:

  • Government officials
  • Officials from regional and sub-regional institutions
  • Parliamentary representatives
  • Civil society activists and advocates
  • Students, academics and researchers
  • Journalists

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen of a member state of the African Union
  • Be able to read, write, and converse in English
  • Be fluent in French, if applying for the bilingual English-French group
  • Have reliable Internet access

Applicants with an undergraduate degree may have an added advantage. Preference will be given to individuals living and working in Africa.

Methodology:

This course is conducted entirely online over a period of 10 weeks, using DiploFoundation's online classroom and learning methodology. The course consists of one week of classroom orientation, eight weeks of dynamic class content and activities, and one week for the mid-course assignment.

Reading materials and tools for online interaction are provided through an online classroom. Each week, participants read the provided module texts, adding comments, references, and questions as hypertext entries. The tutor, guest lecturers, and other participants read and respond to these entries, creating interaction based on the module text. During the week, participants complete additional online activities (e.g. quizzes, further discussion via blogs or forums). At the end of the week, participants, tutors, and guest lecturers meet online in a chat room to discuss the week’s topic.

The course is based on a collaborative approach to learning, involving a high level of interaction. Participants should plan to spend at least eight hours of study time per week.

Course materials and the e-learning platform are presented in English. However, participants who are more comfortable with communication in French may join a bilingual group which uses English as the primary language, and French as a secondary language for communication and interaction. Participants in the bilingual group may submit written assignments in French.

For both groups, participants must have sufficient skills with reading and writing in English to understand learning materials and instructions, and for basic communication and interaction. For the bilingual group, reading and writing skills in French must be sufficient for discussion and research purposes.

Participants are invited to join Diplo’s global Internet governance online community of over 1400 members, and to attend monthly webinars and other IG-related events and activities.

Prerequisites:

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen of a member state of the African Union
  • Be able to read, write, and converse in English
  • Be fluent in French, if applying for the bilingual English-French group
  • Have reliable Internet access (dial-up connection is sufficient, although broadband is preferable)
  • Be able to commit a minimum of eight hours study time per week, and be available to participate in class online sessions (once a week at specified times)

Applicants with an undergraduate degree may have an added advantage. Preference will be given to individuals living and working in Africa.

Fees:

Tuition fees for accepted applicants in this course will be covered by a fellowship provided by the NEPAD Agency.

How to apply:

The application deadline for this course has passed. Please check back for possible opportunities in 2016.

To apply, please fill out the online applicaiton form for this course. Please note the following:

  • The application form asks you to provide a short motivation statement (100 - 150 words) indicating the reasons for your interest in this course, and why you feel you should be selected to participate: how your participation will benefit you, your institution and/or your country.

  • Don't forget to indicate your language group preference (English or bilingual English-French) on the form.

Late applications may be considered subject to availability of places.

Enquiries may be directed to Admissions@diplomacy.edu, Ginger Paque (virginiap@diplomacy.edu) or Towela Nyirenda-Jere (towelan@nepad.org).

Contact admissions

DiploFoundation (attn Tanja Nikolic)

Anutruf, Ground Floor

Hriereb Street

Msida, MSD 1675, Malta

Tel: +356 21 333 323; Fax: +356 21 315 574

admissions@diplomacy.edu

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