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Inforum Course: Shaping the Internet – History and Futures

Internet governance is the development of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet. As policymakers and technical experts work to bring the next 3-4 billion online, they must be equipped with sufficient knowledge to address the complex issues that impact how the Internet continues to evolve.

This course provides an overview of Internet governance, touching on key areas such as its history, policy principles, actors and stakeholders, infrastructure, regulatory frameworks, multilingualism, cybersecurity, and others. The course also discusses and analyses the multistakeholder model, examines the developmental aspects of Internet governance, and looks at the collaborative nature of achieving Internet security and resilience.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss key developments in the creation and evolution of the Internet, and build the relationship between the history of the Internet, Internet governance and the broader national and international policy environment
  • Define the scope and linguistic differences of Internet governance, classify the types of Internet governance issues, and utilize a conceptual framework for analyzing Internet-related issues
  • Learn about the Internet Ecosystem approach, describe the myriad of actors who have valid roles in Internet governance, and outline the various stakeholders involved and the fora in which their voices can be heard
  • Explain the importance and relevance of Internet principles, discuss the relationship between Internet principles and human rights, and explore the importance of public policy to the growth and development of the Internet
  • Discuss the primary infrastructure concepts of the Internet such as DNS and IPv4/IPv6, and explore open standards development and its importance to the evolution of the Internet
  • Examine the major components of regulatory reform and the characteristics of an open and competitive telecommunications market, and explore the role of regulation and the regulator in Internet governance
  • Introduce the role of policy frameworks and regulatory initiatives in spurring Internet deployment and communications growth to address core development issues, such as the digital divide
  • Discuss the importance of linguistic diversity in terms of increasing access, and present the topic of internationalization in terms of supporting the particular language, writing system and character codes, location and interests of the diverse groups and individuals that use the Internet
  • Outline the main concepts for Internet law, including legal systems and rights/principles, including areas such as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), intermediary liability, copyright, trademark, human rights, and cybersecurity law
  • Discuss the importance of collaboration and coordination to the management of Internet risks, define the important factors in building a national cybersecurity strategy, and recall the standards and protocols that the technical community has developed to address security issues.

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

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