Editor   13 Apr 2015   Internet Governance

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We need your support: vote for Diplo's two projects in the WSIS Project Prizes 2015 voting process.

DiploFoundation's Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme (ICGBP) has been nominated for a WSIS Project Prize under Category 4 – Capacity Building; Project ID 1423239952.

The Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) has been nominated for a WSIS Prize under Category 1 – The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development; Project ID 1423239402.

Why vote for us?

WSIS Project Prizes recognise the efforts of stakeholders for their added value to society and their commitment towards achieving the WSIS goals.

For us, this means a vote of support in recognition of the contribution which the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme has made to Internet governance throughout the past 10 years. Over 1500 participants from more than 160 countries have participated in courses and activities offered as part of the programme, placing it among the best capacity building and capacity development programmes on Internet governance worldwide.

It also represents a vote of support in recognition of the Geneva Internet Platform's work in assisting stakeholders in finding resources, building capacity, and formulating digital policy, and in fostering engagement and cooperation among stakeholders through a neutral and inclusive space.

We therefore appreciate your taking 10-15 minutes of your time to vote.

How to vote

Voting for the WSIS Prizes is open to everyone. To vote:

  1. Visit the WSIS Project Prizes 2015 voting page, and log in or register for an account.

  2. Once logged in, open the Vote tab and select the project you would like to vote for by clicking on the ‘Vote for this project’ button underneath the project description. You will then need to confirm your vote by clicking on the orange 'Confirm' button. Remember: Diplo’s Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme has been nominated under Category 4, while the Geneva Internet Platform has been nominated under Category 1.

  3. You must vote for one project in each other category for your vote to count. The projects displayed will be sorted randomly. Click on the tabs to go from one category to another, and read descriptions for each project.

Voting closes on 1 May 2015. The winning projects will be announced during a Prize Ceremony which will be held at the WSIS Forum 2015 (25-29 May 2015).

The Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme

The IGCBP was launched in 2003 with the aim of supporting the participation of stakeholders in Internet governance (IG) and digital policy processes which determine the future of the Internet.

Evolving into a comprehensive set of online and in situ activities, and interactions and engagements aimed at supporting the participation of stakeholders – especially those from small and developing countries, the programme has trained over 1,500 professionals from 160 countries. Many of these professionals are now among the world's emerging leaders and pioneers in the digital world.

Through the programme, Diplo has collaborated with international groups, including the United Nations (UN), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the Internet Society (ISOC), as well as governments, academia, national regulators, the technical community, and members of civil society.

The programme has enabled Diplo to act on all levels – from local to global – in the IG process, and continue to work together with many other stakeholders to ensure long-lasting capacity improvement in the sector.

The Geneva Internet Platform

The GIP, an initiative of the Swiss authorities operated by Diplo, has just completed the first year of operations, and is working on new projects that aim to further assist stakeholders in the digital policy process.

The GIP’s work is aimed at players in the Information Society, including civil society, technical and academic communities, and high-level representatives of governments, with a special focus on small and developing countries. Over the span of one year, the GIP proved to be highly relevant for diplomatic, professional, academic, and other communities in Geneva and beyond, due to its concrete programmes and activities.

The GIP runs an online platform and observatory – at www.giplatform.org – which follows and gathers information and resources in one space, for stakeholders, especially those from small and developing countries, to make use of in formulating their own digital strategies. It curates the Internet Governance Timeline, a visual timeline of upcoming and past Internet governance and digital policy events. In addition, regular online briefings summarising the main digital policy developments for each month, with simultaneous discussions in situ, are organised every month.

Visit the GIP's online space for more details.

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