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Shaping the Internet - History and Futures

How is the Internet governed?  Who are the different actors and stakeholders in Internet governance?  How did this system emerge and where is it going in the future?

By taking this course, you can develop a strong understanding of Internet governance and the ecosystem of organizations and issues that are shaping the future of the Internet.

Who Should Attend

You should attend this course if:

  • You want to understand how the Internet is governed.
  • You have an interest in public policy and Internet governance.
  • You would like to understand the history of the Internet.
  • You want to help shape the future of the Internet.

What You Will Learn

The modules in this course cover:

  • The History of the Internet
  • Internet Invariants
  • Introduction to Internet Governance
  • Internet Actors and Stakeholders Groups
  • Internet Policy Principles
  • Internet Infrastructure, Standards, Protocols and Systems
  • Regulatory Frameworks
  • Internet Governance for Development (IG4D)
  • Multilingualism and Internationalization
  • Legal Aspects of the Internet
  • Cybersecurity and Resilience

How This Course Works

This course is available in self-paced format.  Subject matter experts are available to assist you online.

The course will be offered through Inforum, the Internet Society’s learning management system.

Course content will consist of readings, short online videos, mini-quizzes and discussions/activities.

Connect will be used to facilitate course discussions and exchanges between Chapters.

Special Thanks to the Following Contributors to the Development of this Course:

  • Niel Harper
  • Susan Chalmers
  • Laureana Pavon
  • Toral Cowieson
  • Jean-Paul Nkurunziza
  • John Klensin
  • Sally Wentworth
  • Christine Runnegar
  • Phil Roberts
  • Nicolas Seidler
  • Day One Technologies

Fundraising For Internet Society Chapters

The Internet Society’s way of bringing the Internet to everyone combines our unmatched global reach with a strong foundation in technology, open standards development, and public policy.

We take action at every level. Internet Society Chapters are individual members of the Internet Society that are committed to bringing innovative solutions to meet the needs of people.

Chapters make up and extended community that works to undertake a variety of activities. Find one near you.

As a volunteer, your Chapter can raise funds to help bring the Internet to the world in many ways.

By taking this course, you can develop the skills and know-how to make it easier for your Chapter to run a successful fundraising campaign.

Who Should Attend

You should attend this course if:

  • You need to raise funds to support Chapter activities
  • You are interested in learning how to prepare grant proposals
  • You are an ISOC member interested in learning about fundraising
  • You are a non-member interested in the specifics of fundraising and grant management (you need to become an ISOC member to access the online learning platform)

What You Will Learn

The modules in this course cover:

  • Introduction to Chapters Funding
  • Membership Fees, ISOC Funding, and Strategic Partnerships
  • Sponsorship Fundraising for Chapter Events
  • Grants

How This Course Works

This course is available in self-paced format.  Subject matter experts are available to assist you online, specifically members of the Chapter Development Team.

The course will be offered through Inforum, the Internet Society’s learning management system.

Course content will consist of readings, short online videos, mini-quizzes and discussions/activities.

Connect will be used to facilitate course discussions and exchanges between Chapters.

Special Thanks to the Following Contributors to the Development of this Course:

  • Niel Harper
  • Connie Kendig
  • Toral Cowieson
  • Lynn McNair
  • Joyce Dogniez
  • Day One Technologies

Spam and Online Threats

Internet and mobile technologies have been key drivers of the global economy over the past twenty years. These technologies impact almost every facet of our day-to-day lives and have also been integrated into almost every business model and are expanding to support e-government, e-health and e-education. As our laptops, smartphones and tablets have become integrated into our daily personal and business lives, our dependence on these devices has grown. We use the devices to connect to family and friends, shop and bank online, engage with civic agencies and governments, interact with business colleagues and partners, access information and education opportunities and deliver just-in-time products from manufacturing facilities to retail outlets around the globe.

The course focuses on the growing use of mobility to access the Internet, the risks of becoming infected by malware, spreading botnets, redirecting Internet traffic to malicious websites, hijacking cloud and hosting services and inserting spyware onto computers and handheld devices.  It shows how the risk increases and impacts countries and users who are unaware or under prepared to address the problem of spam.  The course will provide you with a better understanding of the online and mobile threats facing governments, businesses and consumers today.

Who Should Attend

You should attend this course if:

  • You are interested in understanding the mobile and online threats landscape.

This course was developed to provide non-technical personal with an understanding of the threats facing businesses and consumers in the online and mobile threat environment.

What You Will Learn

The modules in this course cover:

  • Introduction: The Evolution of Online Threats
  • Malware and Botnets
  • Phishing and Social Engineering
  • Domain Name System (DNS) and Internet Protocol (IP) Exploits
  • Mobile Threats

Prerequisites

This course was designed to not require any previous knowledge of spam and other online threats. However should there be an interest in becoming familiar with terminology used in the module, one can review materials contained in the Anti-Spam Toolkit located at http://www.internetsociety.org/spamtoolkit 

How This Course Works

This course is available in self-paced format.  Subject matter experts are available to assist you online.

The course will be offered through Inforum, the Internet Society’s learning management system.

Course content will consist of readings, short online videos, mini-quizzes and discussions/activities.

Connect will be used to facilitate course discussions and exchanges between Chapters.

Special Thanks to the Following Contributors to the Development of this Course:

  • Niel Harper
  • Karen Mulberry
  • Toral Cowieson
  • Messaging Malware Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG)
  • London Action Plan (LAP)
  • Day One Technologies

Introduction to Network Operations: UNIX/Linux, Networking and Domain Name System (DNS)

This introductory online course is targeted at novice/entry level UNIX/Linux users pursuing careers in Network or System Administration. The course is practically oriented and guides the trainee step by step on how to install and setup a working UNIX server, connect it to the Internet and then run a Caching Domain Name System (DNS) server in a Virtualized environment. The techniques covered in the course are applicable in real world environments to setup Internet-ready caching DNS servers. The course was developed over 9 months with assistance from several experts from within and out of Africa. It is a foundation course that provides trainees with necessary skills to allow them to progress to more advanced topics in the future.

Who Should Attend

Novice/entry level network engineers and system administrators (from Africa) who are interested in learning about UNIX/Linux, Networking and DNS. The course is targeted at upcoming network engineers and system administrators from Research Education Networks (RENs), Network Operator Groups, Universities, ccTLD registries or Internet Service Providers (in Africa).

Course Syllabus

This course is comprised of nine modules consisting of:

  • Installing a UNIX/Linux Operating System in a Virtual environment
  • Networking concepts – IPv4 and IPv6
  • Installing 3rd party software on a UNIX or Linux platform using Software management tools
  • Working with the UNIX/Linux shell
  • Editing files in UNIX/Linux and creating simple scripts
  • Building and activating a caching DNS Server
  • Understanding the role of DNS in the Internet
  • Introduction to the IETF and Request For Comments (RFC)

This is a moderated course that is moderated by expert moderators from Africa.

Prerequisites

No prerequisites but interested trainees user should be computer literate and be comfortable with English.

FAQ

Will I get a certificate after completing this course?

Yes, printable certificates of completion are available after you meet all the criteria necessary to complete the course.

How can I enroll?

Members or staff from of Network Operator Groups, ccTLD Registries, Universities, IXPs, or National Research and Education Networks in Africa are advised to contact their respective organizations in order to take the course. The ISOC Africa Regional Bureau is working with a number of organizations across Africa to enroll trainees and assist in moderation of the course.

Is this course free?

If you are in Africa, the course is also available via Moodle here: http://isoc-inforum.afrinic.net

Please contact chege@isoc.org for information on how to register.

If you are from another continent, please send an email to inforum@isoc.org:

What resources will I need to complete this course?

All that is needed to take the course is a PC or Laptop with a modern browser (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, etc.) running an operating system supported by VirtualBox (e.g. Windows, Ubuntu, Mac OS X, etc.), an Internet connection, and dedicated time to complete the course.

How much time commitment will be needed to complete the course?

At least ten (10) days of dedicated time. However, you will be allowed 30 days to complete the course.

Will this course be available in other languages?

Yes, it is availble in French

Will there be courses in future that build on this introductory course?

Yes, Advanced Network Services will be available in August 2017

Will the course be available to people from regions outside Africa?

Yes. Please send an email to  inforum@isoc.org.

Who can I contact for more information on the course?

For more information, kindly contact Kevin G. Chege (chege@isoc.org)

Partnerships

If you have any questions or know of higher education or other organizations that might be good partners for the development and delivery of online courses, please drop us an email at inforum@isoc.org.