Shaping the Internet - History and Futures
The Internet Society delivers the Next Generation Leaders (NGL) eLearning course, “Shaping the Internet – History and Futures”.
- Historical background to the development of the Internet;
- Fundamental key principles and characteristics that underpin the Internet;
- Characteristics of Internet model of development;
- Dominant Internet technical and policy issues;
- Main Internet stakeholders and their respective roles;
- Perspectives on key policy and regulatory issues; and
- Legal issues, including privacy and intellectual property rights.
The course is conducted entirely online and can be completed from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.
When Is the Course Held?
Who Should Apply?
- Officials in government ministries and departments dealing with ICT-related issues (for example, telecommunications, culture, education, foreign affairs, justice);
- Officials in regulatory authorities or institutions dealing with Information Society, Internet, and ICT-related issues;
- Postgraduate students and researchers (for example, telecommunications, electrical engineering, law, economics, development studies, sociology);
- Engineers in the Internet field;
- Civil society activists in the Internet field;
- Journalists covering Internet-related issues; and
- Business people in the Internet field (for example, those managing ISPs or involved in software development).
All applicants must be between ages 20-40 years and must have:
- A basic awareness of, and interest in, Internet-related issues;
- Knowledge and experience of the multi-stakeholder approach in international affairs;
- A professional background and relevant work or academic experience in the Internet field;
- Fluency in English, French, or Spanish;
- Good writing skills, ability to summarize information, and focus on details;
- Regular access to the Internet (dial-up connection is sufficient);
- Minimum of 8 hours commitment per week during each thematic part of the online course (this is perhaps the single most important requirement and should be evaluated seriously by any potential applicant); and
- Readiness to participate in online consultations (once a week at specified times
How To Apply
Applications are now closed.
Shaping the Internet - History and Futures 2014 Course
NIC México sponsorship
NIC (Network Information Center) México is responsible for the .MX Internet Registry, and provides resources for México’s Internet development. To build the pool of well-qualified leaders who can help México realize the transformational power of the global Internet, NIC México sponsored a number of individuals in taking the Internet Society’s principal online course on Internet governance, “Shaping the Internet: History and Futures.”
Ten individuals were sponsored in 2014, an increase from five in 2013. Half of the 2014 group were women, in a specific effort to increase women’s participation in México’s Internet ecosystem. The Internet Society and NIC México partnership is ongoing.