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DiploNews – Issue 75 – 11 August 2005

DiploNews – Issue 75 – August 11, 2005

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Call for Applications – Internet Governance Research Programme

Diplo, in cooperation with the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), is currently accepting applications for the Internet Governance Research Programme. This programme aims at improving Internet Governance (IG)-related knowledge and skills of participants from developing countries, and facilitating community-building among different national, cultural, and professional groups.

The programme, running from September 1 to October 30, 2005, will consist of supervised collaborative online research for up to 12 participants. The most successful participants may be invited to attend the WSIS in Tunis in November 2005 or to present a paper at the International Conference on Internet Governance in Malta in February 2006.

We are accepting applications for research on the following themes related to Internet Governance:

  • Introduction of IPv6 and Future Governance of Internet Resources in Relation to Bridging the Digital Divide 

  • The Role of Civil Society in WSIS: International and National Level in Developing Countries 

  • The Internet as Common Heritage of Humanity: Analogies and Regulation Strategy 

  • Alternative Economic Models for Internet Governance: Continental and Regional Backbones for Developing Countries 

Applicants should submit a 400-word project proposal, a curriculum vitae outlining their relevant experience and a letter of interest explaining why they wish to be involved in this programme. The application deadline is August 20, 2005.

For further information and to apply, please contact: ig@diplomacy.edu.

UN Working Group on Internet Governance Report

The UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) presented its Report on July 18, 2005, in Geneva. The Report is the result of almost eight months of intensive deliberation on various aspects of Internet Governance. The WGIG held four face-to-face meetings and between these, online debate (involving the exchange of more than 2000 messages). The report outlines four possible models for Internet Governance, with consensus about the need to establish a global Internet Governance Forum. The Forum, similar to the WGIG, should have a multistakeholder composition involving governments, business, civil society and international organisations. The WGIG Report will be used as the basis for diplomatic negotiations and decisions at the World Summit on the Information Society in November 2005 in Tunis.

The WGIG Report is available at https://www.wgig.org.

Call for Applications – Short Online Courses for Autumn 2005

Diplo will offer 4 short online courses in Autumn 2005 (starting in late September / early October):

Courses are designed to allow working diplomats and others involved in international relations to continue their education by learning about new topics in the field of diplomacy, or expanding and refreshing their knowledge of more traditional topics. Courses require 10 weeks of part-time study, typically 6-8 hours per week. Successful participants are awarded a postgraduate level certificate from DiploFoundation.

For further information, click on the titles of the courses above, or visit the Diplo website.

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