For policy makers, journalists, entrepreneurs, legal professionals, and activists, a sound knowledge of Internet governance is fast becoming as important as an understanding of national and international law.
With this in mind, SMEX is pleased to open the application process for this year’s Middle East and Adjoining Countries School on Internet Governance (MEAC-SIG), which we will host, in partnership with Issam Fares Institute (IFI), at the American University of Beirut (AUB). This year’s gathering marks the third edition of the school, which has also been held in Tunisia and Kuwait.
Organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the school will host 32 participants, 16 from Lebanon and 16 from other MEAC countries, including Arab countries, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, and Iran. It will take place between August 8–12.
The objective of the school is to raise regional awareness and build capacity in the field of Internet governance, so that to have “more regional stakeholders who are knowledgeable enough, active at national, regional, and international IG fora,” says Fahd Batayneh, stakeholder engagement manager for the Middle East ICANN.
It presents a unique learning opportunity for participants from the MEAC region to gain a better understanding of issues from experts in the field from the region and abroad. Topics covered will include:
- History of the Internet
- The Internet ecosystem in Lebanon and the region
- The intersection of Internet governance with human rights, especially freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and the right to privacy
- Regional Internet Registries (RIRs)
- Multistakeholderism as a form of governance
- Domain names and top-level domains
- The open Internet
- Telecom operators
- Network neutrality
- Protection of intellectual property protection
- The mobile Internet
- The Internet of Things (IoT)
- Digital economy
In the five-day course, participants will not only be exposed to a range of topics, but also are expected to help and assist in workshops, round tables, and case presentations.
Whether you are a student, practitioner, researcher or professional, if you think a deeper knowledge of IG issues will help you advance your career and participation in Internet governance, we encourage you to apply before June 27. There are two applications, depending on whether you live in Lebanon or other countries covered by the program.
Graduates of the program will also be invited to join an alumni network and be engaged in regional activities and forums, such as the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and the Arab Internet Governance Forum (Arab IGF).