Barbados IGF: This inaugural national Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will provide Barbadians from all sectors of society with a platform to discuss how they use the Internet and the most pertinent is...
Small Island Developing States are a distinct group of developing countries that are characterized by vulnerabilities as a result of geography, their small populations, limited export base, higher exposure to global economic disruptions, and frequent natural disasters. Many Small Island Developing States face challenges with Internet connectivity due to their remoteness and the high cost of crossing open seas. When you combine these factors with small populations and low economies of scale, higher connectivity costs and challenges result in delayed uptake.
The release of this report also coincides with the 25th anniversary of the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, where Small Island Developing States were recognized as a distinct group of countries with unique challenges for sustainable development.
The WSIS Forum provides an excellent opportunity to highlight key development and access issues as colleagues and friends gather to discuss how connectivity helps to bridge digital divides, spurs inno...
Join us for an online discussion. How will the Internet impact societies?
DATE: 15 June TIME: 13:00 – 14:30 UTC PARTICIPATE: Join the discussion online. Register at the attached link. . Please be sure to register early. In order to facilitate meaningful dialogue, registration is limited.
As part of our 25th anniversary, the Internet Society joined with Chatham House on 11 May for a discussion on the impact of the Internet on societies. This event brought together Internet experts, industry influencers, senior government officials, and opinion leaders to consider challenging questions and concerns about the future.
As a follow-up to this discussion, the Internet Society will host a Community Forum for its members to address key questions around whether the Internet of the future will be a force that brings people together or divides us.
This will be a 90-minute discussion moderated by Ms. Emily Taylor, Associate Fellow, Chatham House, and will feature several guest panelists, including:
Dr. Ismail Syed Shah, Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority Ms. Rebecca MacKinnon, Director of the Ranking Digital Rights project at New America Ms. Sally Wentworth, Vice President of Global Policy Development, Internet Society
Following remarks from the panel, we will open the conversation to our community. How do you think the Internet will impact society in the future? We want to hear from you! When you register for this event, send your questions and perspectives to help us shape the discussion. ... See MoreSee Less
New America OTI and the Internet Society Washington DC Chapter present: "Will the Internet Fragment?" a panel featuring Dr, Milton Mueller. author, of "Will the Internet Fragment?".
Professor Mueller argues that the fragmentation diagnosis misses the mark, and the rhetoric of fragmentation camouflages the real issue: the attempt by governments to align information flows with their jurisdictional boundaries. The fragmentation debate is really a power struggle over the future of national sovereignty, pitting global governance and open access against traditional territorial institutions of government. This conflict, the book argues, can only be resolved through radical institutional innovations. In order to save the internet, we need to move away from national sovereignty and towards popular sovereignty in cyberspace.
PANEL: Dr. Milton Mueller, Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology School of Public Policy; Rebecca MacKinnon, Director, Ranking Digital Rights project at New America; Tim Maurer, Co-director of the Cyber Policy Initiative, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Angela McKay, Senior Director of Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy, Microsoft. MODERATOR: Derrick Cogburn, Professor, American University. ... See MoreSee Less
Watch Internet Society's Will the Internet Fragment? A Discussion with Milton Mueller on Livestream.com. New America and the Internet Society Washington DC Chapter present Will the Internet Fragment? ...
Nomination for Fellowship To The ITU's World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 (WTDC-17) – Deadline June 30
The Internet Society invites expressions of interest from chapter members for fellowships to the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 9-20 October 2017.
The World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) is a key development conference hosted by the ITU every four years. This conference sets the ITU’s telecommunication/ICTs development agenda for the next four-year period (2018-2021). The theme for the 2017 conference is "ICTs for Sustainable Development Goals.”
ISOC Objectives for WTDC 2017
- ITU Development Sector remain focused on its core development activities that have been successful in expanding access to telecommunications/ICTs.
- Solidify ISOC’s profile as a trusted collaborator, partner, and expert in the field of Internet Development.
- Maintain scope of WTDC within ITU’s mandate e.g. BAP’s scope does not widen to include a role for ITU in Internet policy matters
- Encourage governments to commit to multistakeholder principles to tackle some of the telecommunications/ICTs development challenges
About the Fellowship
The fellowship provides travel support to cover costs of the meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It includes roundtrip economy class airline ticket, hotel for 12 days, visa expenses (if needed) and per diem for meals and ground transportation.
Internet Society Chapters are local communities that share an interest and belief in our principles and mission and who are committed to furthering our goals and objectives within your geographic or special interest area. Therefore, chapter members are a powerful voice locally to inform their national delegations about the importance of Internet access for everyone as well as providing voices during WTDC-17 to advance Internet Society positions in the several parallel sessions.
In this spirit, the Internet Society would like to extend the opportunity to 4 members by supporting their attendance to WTDC-17. While all qualified candidates are welcome, we strongly encouraging members from currently under-represented areas to nominate candidates. In this light, nominations of candidates from Africa, Asia Pacific, Central and South America and women are encouraged. Any chapter member interested to apply should review and fully understand the criteria and responsibilities outlined below. The selection process will take place as follows:
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest by June 30 outlining:
– how their experience will contribute to the Internet Society efforts at WTDC-17. This could include active Chapter events on topics/issues relevant to ICT Development, and/or articles or previous participation at either national or regional or International ICT development conferences/events, etc.
– how they fulfill the criteria set out below; and
– Provide a referee, e.g. another Internet Society chapter or member.
A selection committee will review the applications based on the criteria below;
Selected chapter members will be announced by 10 July, 2017.
Please email applications to WTDC17Fellows@isoc.org Criteria for Selection
Selected Chapter members will play a critical role in efforts to promote Internet Society principles and positions at WTDC-17. Selected individuals will be expected to be part of the preparations for WTDC-17 and participate fully in the work on the ground in Buenos 8 8i Aires.
Commitment – Selection as an Internet Society representative entails commitment by the individuals to attend sessions, prepare assignments and assist in the overall accomplishment of objectives for the meeting.
Advocacy – for Internet Society agreed principles, mission and specific positions for each event so that anyone representing the Internet Society will be speaking and responding with the same context.
Preparation – delegates are responsible for delegation preparation, planning and specific assignments to develop Internet Society positions for the conference.
Empowerment – regional diversity is important. Delegates from developing countries or emerging economies will be preferred;
Expertise – clear and demonstrable awareness of ICT development issues either local, regional or global. Specific expertise with the ITU Development Sector and issues on the WTDC-17 agenda is helpful.
Communication skills – working language is English and the candidate must have full professional proficiency in English.
Responsibilities of appointees
Serving on the Internet Society delegation is an important undertaking and will require significant commitment and effort by the representatives. Below you can find a non-exhaustive list of expected activities that will be required from selected candidates:
- Active participation in Internet Society preparatory meetings both prior to and during WTDC-17;
- Regular communication and updates to the Internet Society delegation regarding national/regional developments ahead of and at WTDC-17;
- Full report highlighting the progress made and impact of the meeting results in your country/region;
- Must adhere to and promote Internet Society principles and strategic objectives;
- Cooperation with Internet Society staff and other Internet Society Chapter representatives to promote engagement and advocacy efforts on the ground; and
- Must commit to being at the meeting on Monday, 9 October 2017.
Call opens for applications: 1 June 2017 Call closes for applications: 30 June 2017 Selection announcement: 10 July 2017 WTDC-17 Period: 9 – 20 October 2017
For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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