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Internet Governance

What is the Internet Governance course?

How the Internet is governed is critical. How we manage this precious global resource impacts our economic and social opportunities far into the future.

Internet Governance is the development and application by governments, the private sector, and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programs that shape the evolution and use of the Internet.

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, and cybersecurity. The course also discusses and analyzes the multistakeholder model, examines the developmental aspects of Internet governance, and looks at the collaborative nature of achieving Internet security and resilience.

What are the course objectives?

  • Provide an overview of Internet governance and learn about the history of the Internet.
  • Understand the Internet ecosystem and discuss the multistakeholder model.
  • Learn about the various Internet actors and stakeholders involved in the development of the Internet and its governance.
  • Provide a brief background on the Internet infrastructure, standards, protocols, and systems as a basis to understand Internet governance and cover the main Internet infrastructure and principles on which the Internet operates.
  • Understand the main foundations of Internet law and challenges in implementation and enforcement. We will also take a look into the importance of regulation on a national level to ensure a competitive, open, and accessible Internet environment.
  • Learn about the different elements of cybersecurity, from both a policy and a technical perspective. Explore types of threats, national cybersecurity frameworks, and the role of various international organizations.

Who should attend this course?

This course does not have prerequisites.

You should attend this course if:

  • You want to understand how the Internet is governed and learn about the history of the Internet.
  • You would like to learn about Internet actors and stakeholders’ groups.
  • You would like to understand Internet policy principles, regulatory frameworks and Internet infrastructure, standards, protocols, and systems.
  • You want to help to shape the future of the Internet.

How do I enroll in a course?

When do I start?

This course lasts four weeks. Registration period opens three weeks prior to the course start date.

We will resume offering this course in January 2025. Interested in taking a course now? Check out our self-paced ones:

Moderated course
(with an instructor)

4 weeks

Available in
English, French, Spanish and Arabic