Call for participation: Training Programme on Internet Governance and Policy in the Middle East and North Africa

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The quest for an open and a free of government control Internet in the Arab countries has brought the need to engage more Internet users from the region in the global discussion about Internet Governance and the policies specific to the Internet environment.

While the concept of Internet Governance is not widespread in the Arab region, and it may sound technical and complicated, it is in fact related to the overall process of Internet management, its security, stability and development. There is lack of understanding and knowledge amongst most Arab Internet users about the regional and global policy environment related to the Internet which impedes their full participation and integration in the discussion as main stakeholders. Therefore, engaging Arab Internet users in the regional and global debate about Internet Governance requires building knowledge on the subject.

The Humanist Institute for Development  Cooperation (Hivos), www.hivos.org, is organising a training programme on Internet Governance and policy in the Arab region between from 16 to 19 March  2013 in Tunis in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, www.freiheit.org

Call for participation: further information and selection criteria (English, French and Arabic)

The training will bring participants together from various disciplines to learn about the Internet Governance process and to exchange ideas regarding Internet issues specific to the Arab region, specifically advocacy, policy and technology. » expand

The training will bring participants together from various disciplines to learn about the Internet Governance process and to exchange ideas regarding Internet issues specific to the Arab region, specifically advocacy, policy and technology.

Participants interested in advancing their knowledge on Internet Policy and who would like to be part of the regional and global discussion about topics related to the management of the Internet, the institutions and processes involved, Internet freedom, cyber security and cyber crime, online privacy, Internet and human rights, and freedom of expression online are encouraged to apply.

Selection Criteria

This is a tailor-made training for participants from the Arab region and featuring international and Arab region experts in Internet Governance and Internet public policy. Feel free to apply if you are a blogger, journalist, human rights activist, scholar, student of law, political science or International relations, public sector employee at the national regulator or the ministry of communication and technology, member of the private sector representing a company operating in the Internet industry, fluent in English or French, have basic knowledge of Internet issues related to the Arab region and are willing to take part physically in an intensive four-day training which will offer you access to an international network of group of experts in the field of Internet Governance and policy.

Please send your CV to aig@hivos.nl - including a photo, a short biography (300 words), a sample of writing about Internet issues related to your country of origin and why you think you should be selected to participate in the training. Application is open until Sunday, 3 February 2013 at midnight CET. Only complete applications will be considered. Selected candidates will be contacted by Friday, 15 February 2013.

Note: While most of the training material and sessions will be conducted in English, participants are encouraged to initiate discussions in Arabic.

About the Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (Hivos)
Hivos is an international development organisation guided by humanist values. Together with local civil society organisations in developing countries, Hivos wants to contribute to a free, fair and sustainable world. A world in which all citizens – both women and men – have equal access to opportunities and resources for development and can participate actively and equally in decision-making processes that determine their lives, their society and their future.

About the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom is the foundation for liberal politics in the Federal Republic of Germany. It aims to promote the goal of making the principle of freedom valid for the dignity of all people and in all areas of society, both in Germany and abroad. With the safeguarding and the development of its statutory projects (civic education and dialogue, sponsorship of the talented, research and political consultation, archive-work), the Friedrich Naumann Foundation wants to contribute to shaping the future.

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