DiploNews – Issue 69 – 3 March 2005
Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme – Call for Applications
DiploFoundation, in cooperation with the Secretariat of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG), the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), is currently accepting applications for the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme. This programme aims at improving Internet Governance (IG) related knowledge and skills for participants from developing countries.
The programme, which will last from March 14 to June 30, 2005, consists of an online course, individual and collaborative online research, and capacity building fellowships. Fellowships, which will be awarded to the most successful participants in the programme, will include one month placements at the Secretariat of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) in Geneva and participation at WGIG and other Internet Governance related meeting. The programme will facilitate community building among participants from different national, cultural and professional backgrounds.
The application deadline for this programme is March 10, 2005. For further information and to apply online, please visit the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme website.
Conclusions from the International Conference on Multistakeholder Diplomacy
Over 90 delegates from all around the world visited Malta from February 11 – 13, 2005, to attend an international conference on multistakeholder diplomacy, organised by DiploFoundation, in cooperation with the Maltese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Global Knowledge Partnership, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The conference was opened by the Hon. Dr. Francis Zammit Dimech, Maltese Minister for Tourism and Culture, and the keynote address was delivered by H.E. Professor Guido de Marco, Chairperson of the Commonwealth Foundation and President Emeritus of Malta. The conference concluded with the adoption of the Malta–Salina Bay Conclusions. Malta’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Saviour Borg, presented the Conclusions during the Second WSIS PrepCom meeting on February 24, 2005. Diplo’s activities in the field of multistakeholder diplomacy will continue with a joint research project with the GKP, the development of Internet portals, and cooperation with partners from EU-countries on a possible EU-wide research project on “multistakeholderism.”
The Malta-Salina Bay Conclusions are accessible through the conference website.
Internet Governance Booklet – New Publication
DiploFoundation and the Global Knowledge Partnership are pleased to announce a new publication on Internet Gover-nance (IG). This publication is part of the Information Society Library, a series of booklets addressing various topics related to the Information Society. The Internet Governance booklet provides a brief and concise survey of the IG field. It serves both as a useful introduction for newcomers to the field, and a comprehensive summary of main issues for those already involved in IG. The booklet opens with a discussion of the main principles and cognitive tools used in the IG debate (approaches and patterns, guiding principles and analogies). The booklet discusses more than 40 IG issues, divided into the following five baskets: infrastructure and standardisation, legal, economic, development and socio-cultural. Coverage of each issue includes a description of the current situation and open questions.