Internet governance is in the news since the WCIT conference in Dubai. New enthusiasts have requested an extended deadline for applications to the Introduction to Internet governance course to accommodate the need for more information and discussion about questions of global diplomatic interest: Who ‘owns’ the Internet anyway? Who runs it or should run it? Who controls it?
Professionals working in specialised Internet governance and ICT-related areas often need to supplement their knowledge by learning about other areas which affect or impact on their area of specialisation. Just as the Internet brings down geographical boundaries, it also creates overlaps and intersections among the different areas of IG and ICT policy.
One way to understand how different issues affect each other (tech, social, development, economic, legal, security, etc), and to fill in any gaps across professional and issue areas is to step back and take a look at the big picture of the overall issues. You can analyse how they affect each other, discuss the topics with colleagues who work in one area, and share your expertise in another. You can see how experts from different regions are addressing the same issues or different priorities. You can do this online, in just 8-10 hours a week. The course is spread over 10 weeks, starting with an online classroom orientation week, followed by 8 weeks of coursework, and a final exam week.
The application deadline for the February 2013 course is 14 January, 2013. For more information about the course and how to apply, please visit the Introduction to Internet Governance course page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
‘After completing four progressive phases of the Capacity Building Programme, I can safely say I effectively broadened my diplomatic bandwidth […] The online learning delivery model of the Capacity Building Programme nurtures within students a culture of give and take: giving through sharing personal experiences and taking from others and the huge knowledge database…’ Click here to read Felix’s full learning story.
– Felix Samakande, Second Secretary in the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zimbabwe to the United Nations (November, 2011)