The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the African Union Commission are pleased to announce the sixth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). The 2018 School will coincide with the sixth African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) which will take place in October 2018 in Sudan. Exact dates are still to be confirmed.
AfriSIG’s primary goal is to give Africans from multiple sectors and stakeholder groups the opportunity to gain knowledge that will enable them to participate confidently and effectively in national, regional and global internet governance processes and debates.
Applications closed on Friday 16 June 2018. Selected participants will be notified in due course. For more information contact the AfriSIG organiser, Koliwe Majama at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School is structured as a five-day intensive learning and knowledge-sharing event which covers:
- An overview of internet governance concepts, issues and institutions
- Internet architecture, infrastructure, standards and protocols and management of internet names and numbers
- Internet governance and social issues: gender, human rights and development
- Cybersecurity, multistakeholder approaches and emerging issues in internet governance such as algorithms and the internet of things.
The highlight of the school is a practicum in which participants have to tackle an actual internet-related policy challenge and come up with an agreed solution or statement.
Who can participate?
People who have relevant work experience and/or involvement in internet governance or ICT policy and regulation and who are positioned to make meaningful contributions to strengthening internet governance in Africa, and African voices in internet governance globally.
The School accepts applications from current or emerging leaders and professionals from:
- Government ministries and departments, national and regional communications regulatory authorities, and public sector information and communications services such as public libraries.
- Members of parliament, particularly if they are involved in parliamentary portfolio committees that deal with media, communications and information technology issues.
- Service providers and other businesses who form part of the internet industry.
- Civil society and non-governmental organisations who interact with or operate in the internet-related information and communications sector.
- Human rights institutions dealing with internet issues, such as national or regional human rights commissions.
- Community-based information and communications services and the broader community informatics sector.
- The judiciary and other members of the legal community working with internet and communications law.
- Members of law enforcement agencies who deal with internet issues.
- The internet technical community.
- Academic and research institutions that deal with internet issues.
- Media organisations and outlets that focus on the internet. Individual bloggers and journalists who focus on the internet are also encouraged to apply.
The AfriSIG organisers have a limited number of scholarships available for successful applicants. These will cover air travel, shared accommodation and meal costs for the duration of the School. Successful applicants have the option of staying in a single room, but they would need to cover the additional cost themselves. Self-funded and sponsored participants are encouraged to apply. All participants, even those who are awarded scholarships, will be expected to pay their own local transport expenses and visa fees.
Applications for the 2018 AfriSIG have closed. Selected participants will be notified in due course.