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[liberationtech] Applications Open for ISOC Next Generation Leaders eLearning program: “Shaping the Net – History & Futures”

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Thu Mar 22 14:06:58 PDT 2012

*Applications now open - Next Generation Leaders eLearning programme
“Shaping the Internet – History and Futures” (English,  French and Spanish)*

Applications are now open for the Internet Society’s Next Generation
Leaders (NGL) eLearning programme “Shaping the Internet – History and




Internet Society is pleased to call for applications from talented
individuals seeking to join the new generation of Internet leaders, who
will address the critical technology, policy, business, and education
challenges that lie ahead.

Following the success of last year’s programme, in 2012 the Internet
Society is offering two classes in English, one in French, and one in
Spanish. All classes will start the week of 21 May 2012.

The course, “Shaping the Internet – History and Futures”, is delivered by
the DiploFoundation through their eLearning platform and learning
methodology and features weekly online discussions of the course materials,
moderated by a tutor and an expert facilitator.

The NGL programme is designed to advance the careers of individuals who
have the potential to become local, regional, and international leaders
within the Internet technology, policy, and governance communities. The
curriculum empowers participants to share their particular expertise with
colleagues while acquiring knowledge in areas outside of their specialties.

Places in the eLearning course are strictly limited, so all applications
will be subject to a thorough selection process.

*The deadline for applications is 10 April 2012.*

* *

*The Programme*

The programme offers 25 places in each class for professionals from diverse
stakeholder backgrounds in the fields of Internet technology, governance,
and policy. All courses are open to individuals from around the world. The
programme will be conducted entirely online.

The programme includes four thematic parts, which take place over six
months during 2012 (May to October, with an exam at the conclusion of the

§  The History of the Internet

§  Technical Background - Internet Standards and Technology

§  Internet Governance and Policy

§  Emerging issues – Studies in Internet Policies, Processes and Diplomacy

Learning activities take place in an online classroom and include analysis
of course materials, interactive group discussions using a variety of
communication tools, assignments, and exams. Successful participants will
receive a certificate of completion of the programme.


Course materials and moderated online discussions for each course are in
English, French, and Spanish respectively.

*Target Audience*

The project is designed for Internet Society members from academia, the
public sector, technology industries, and civil society who are committed
to the ongoing expansion of an open, sustainable Internet.

Applications from the following categories of individuals from both
developed and developing countries are encouraged:

§  officials in governmental ministries and departments dealing with
ICT-related issues (for example, telecommunications, culture, education,
foreign affairs, justice)

§  officials in regulatory authorities or institutions dealing with
Information Society, Internet, and ICT-related issues

§  postgraduate students and researchers (for example, telecommunications,
electrical engineering, law, economics, development studies, sociology)

§  engineers in the Internet field

§  civil society activists in the Internet field

§  journalists covering Internet-related issues

§  business people in the Internet field (for example, those managing ISPs
or involved in software development).


§  22 March:                                    2012 Call for Applications

§  10 April:                           2012 Call for Applications ends

§  10, 11 May:                      Selection Results released

§  21 May:                            Online classes commence


Applicants are required to have:

§  met the age requirement (20-40 years old)

§  a basic awareness of, and interest in, Internet-related issues

§  knowledge and experience of the multi-stakeholder approach in
international affairs

§  a professional background and relevant work or academic experience in
the Internet field

§  member staus in ISOC

§  fluency in English

§  good writing skills, ability to summarize information, and focus on

§  regular access to the Internet (dial-up connection is sufficient)

§  minimum of 8 hours commitment per week during each thematic part of the
online course (this is perhaps the single most important requirement and
should be evaluated seriously by any potential applicant)

§  readiness to participate in online consultations (once a week at
specified times)

*Deadline for Applications*

The deadline for applications is 10 April 2012, by midnight UTC/GMT.

*How to Apply *

For more information about the full Next Generation Leaders programme,
including details on how to apply to all eLearning courses, please visit:




If you have any questions, please contact <leaders at>.
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