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2020 Internet Society Chapters Training Program

Learn, Contribute, and Engage!


For the Internet Society, the role that each of our members plays in our community is vital and key to carrying our message of an open, globally-connected and secure Internet for all.

Members bring great value, experience and knowledge to our organization. For this reason, we are pleased to announce the Internet Society’s 2020 Chapters Training Program. This will be our first engagement and learning program for Chapter members that focuses on developing new community leaders who can work together with their respective Chapters and create local awareness of the work done as part of our 2020 Action Plan and explore options for the members to become involved.

Leading image: Community members of Pu’uhonua O Waimanalo work together with the Internet Society to learn how to use and install the Internet during the Internet Society/ Pu’uhonua O Waimanalo training session on November 14th, 2019. © Elyse Butler


About the program

The program was born to satisfy the increasing need of our Chapter leaders to engage their members locally in an impactful and informed way about some of the Internet Society’s main initiatives.

The program is thus based on important topics of our 2020 Action Plan projects:

Each Chapter will have the opportunity to select one trainee per topic (with a maximum of five trainees per Chapter).


In 2020, the regional Chapter workshops/meetings will be an integral part of this training program. One of the eligibility criteria for participating in the 2020 Chapter workshops will be that representatives from the Chapter have attended the trainings.


The program has three stages:

  • Stage 1: Trainee selection done by Chapters
  • Stage 2: Selected trainees attend the training sessions
  • Stage 3: Development of local initiatives by the trainee based on the knowledge acquired


The objective of the program is to develop new community leaders who can work together with the local Chapter with a good understanding of the Internet Society’s main 2020 initiatives for developing local activities in support of any of the five projects mentioned above.


Who may participate?

Requirements for Chapters

The program is open to all Internet Society Chapters and SIGs worldwide*. However, only the Chapters that explicitly express interest may participate. Please note that participation in this training program will be one of the eligibility criteria to be invited to the 2020 Regional Chapter Workshops.

Chapters wishing to participate are required to comply with the following commitments:

  • Express interest and designate a Chapter coordinator for the program to participate in this initiative before February 9.
  • Announce and promote the initiative to its Chapter members.
  • Define its Chapter internal selection criteria for the training program and announce the criteria to all members.
  • Review applications and select one trainee per topic. A maximum of five trainees per Chapter.
  • Assign a Chapter coordinator for the program (must understand and speak English) who will:
    • Must be a member of the board and be registered in the Chapter Portal
    • Select and inform the trainees that were nominated for the program.
    • Ensure that trainees understand their obligations and responsibilities.
    • Serve as the main contact for instructors and trainees.
    • Follow up on trainees’ progress on their local initiatives.
    • Authorize and validate trainees’ initiatives in coordination with the Chapter leadership team. (Authorization letter)
    • Update all initiatives done by trainees in the Chapter Portal under Chapter ‘Activities’ tab (must upload proof of the work done by the trainee). These activities may qualify for the Chapter Performance evaluation as long as they are:
      • Listed in the Chapter Portal
      • Open to all members
      • Demonstrative of the work done by the trainee (video, photos, links, etc.)

* Note: Chapters in rejuvenation cannot participate.


Total trainees per Chapter

Each Chapter must select a maximum of five trainees (Minimum of 1 and a Maximum of 5):

  • 1 trainee for Shaping the Internet
  • 1 trainee for Securing Global Routing
  • 1 trainee for Building Community Networks
  • 1 trainee for Open Standards Everywhere
  • 1 trainee for Encryption

Selection criteria

The selection of the trainees will be done by each Chapter. The Chapter must define their selection criteria and publish it to all members before the deadline for trainees´ selection.


Requirements for Chapter members and Chapter leaders who want to apply to the program

All Individuals must:

  • Belong to any Internet Society Chapter or Special Interest Group (SIG) (Internet Society membership must be up to date).
  • Fill out the form that will be sent to each Chapter & SIG member before February 25.
  • Be willing to cooperate with and support the local Chapter.
  • Not have participated in any Internet Society learning program in the last two years, including programs such as Next Generation leaders, IGF or IGF Ambassadors.
  • Be willing to commit approx. 3-5 hours per week for 2.5 months (depending on the topic selected)
  • Commit to developing an initiative in coordination with the local Chapter and instructor at the end of the course .(This initiative must be approved by the Chapter and the instructor.)
  • Be able to read and understand English – the trainings will be delivered in English, French and Spanish; however, some contents may be in English only.
  • Have Internet access with a minimum speed of 1.2 Mbps.
  • Consent to use personal information.
  • Agree with the terms and conditions of the program (these will be linked from the application form).
  • Complete the feedback survey at the end of the program.

Training content and previous knowledge requirements

The content of the trainings will be available on this Internet Society web page. In addition, some complementary material will be provided by the instructors once the training has started.

The trainings will cover basic concepts. Below you will find the specifications per topic (be aware of the hyperlink in some titles):

  • Shaping the Internet: This training is based on Internet Governance principles and main concepts. No previous knowledge is required.
  • Securing Global Routing: This training is about routing security. It is recommended for network administrators, network engineers, or other technical persons with a working knowledge of routing and security. The training explains basic steps to improve a network’s routing security. Technical background as listed above is mandatory for this training.
  • Building Community Networks: This course provides a solid foundation on how to build wireless community networks, fostering collective and sustainable endeavors. It covers important topics such as wireless network standards, radio physics, practical network planning, IP network administration, radio device configuration, securing wireless networks, and more. This course is recommended for professionals with basic technical background.
  • Open Standards Everywhere: This training is less than five hours length and it will cover best practices to secure web services. Technical background is mandatory. Basic knowledge in IPV6 and DNS is required. Trainee must have direct access to Chapter web server.
  • Encryption: This training is less than five hours in length and it will cover basic concepts about encryption and our encryption toolkit.

Deadlines for 2020


Program deadlines



January 29 at 14 UTC English info session for Chapters. Zoom link
From January 27 to February 9 (2 weeks) Application period for Chapters
February 12 to February 25 (2 weeks) Application period for Chapter and SIGs members
February 25 to February 29 (1 week) Trainees selection and notification
February 25 to March 7 (1 week) Selected trainees confirm their participation
April 13 Training program starts
April 13 to June 6 Initiatives implementation
June 6 Feedback survey
June 6 Trainees must send proof of their initiatives to their respective Chapter coordinators and instructors
June 30 Certificates of completion to trainees

Chapter coordinators’ deadlines



From January 27 to February 25 1. Announce the program to Chapter’s Community.
2. Create a selection committee for the program
3. Design and publish Chapter criteria Selection in Chapter media or web page
February 25 to February 29 (1 week) Select and notify trainees: Contact selected trainees and ensure they understand and agree with the conditions of the program.
February 25 to March 11 Check that all trainees are listed and confirmed in their respective course.
March 12 Publish selected trainees on the Chapter’s social media channels or website
April 13 to June 6 Provide trainees with an authorization letter for their initiatives
June 10 Update all initiatives in Member Nova under ¨Activities¨ tab. (Access to Chapter system must be provided by the Chapter’s AMS Administrator)

For additional information, download or read online ‘2020 Internet Society Chapters Training Program’: