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, cybersecurity, legal, economic, development and sociocultural, human rights, and 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:
- 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.
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 an orientation week for platform and hypertext familiarisation, followed by eight weeks of substantive discussions on modules, and a final assignment week.
The course modules are:
- Introduction to Internet governance
- Infrastructure and standardisation Basket
- Cybersecurity basket and network neutrality
- Legal basket
- Economic basket
- Development and sociocultural basket
- Human rights basket
- Internet governance actors and processes