[LACNIC/Napla] The Next Generation Leaders programme

Christian O'Flaherty christian.oflaherty at gmail.com
Mon Mar 14 15:37:21 BRT 2011

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

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


The 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 successful launch of the programme last year, in 2011
the Internet Society is offering concurrent classes in English and
French. Both classes will start in the week of 16 May 2011.

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 8 April 2011. *

The Programme

The programme offers 20-25 places in each class for professionals from
diverse stakeholder backgrounds in the fields of Internet technology,
governance, and policy. Both 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 2011 (May to October, with an exam in the first week of

- 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

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

- 14 March:   2011 Call for Applications begins
- 8 April:    2011 Call for Applications ends
- 28 April:   Selection Results released
- 16 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 status in ISOC
- fluency in English or French
- good writing skills, ability to summarize information, and focus on details
- 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
- readiness to participate in online consultations (once a week at
specified times)

Deadline for Applications
The deadline for applications is 8 April  2011, by midnight UTC/GMT.

How to Apply
For more information about the full Next Generation Leaders programme,
including details on how to apply to either eLearning course, please


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

The Next Generation Leaders programme is supported by Nominet Trust
and operates under the patronage of the European Commission for
Information Society and Media. Delivery of the eLearning programme in
French is sponsored by AFNIC.

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