The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Information Society Division of the African Union Commission (AUC) and Research ICT Africa (RIA) have opened their call for applications for participation in the ninth edition of the annual African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG 2021).
This year’s edition will take place online for two weeks with sessions on selected days from October 4 to 19, 2021.
The primary goal of AfriSIG’s is to give Africans from various sectors and different stakeholder groups the opportunity to gain knowledge that will enable them to participate confidently and effectively in national, regional and global internet governance processes and debates.
The call is open to only applicants who have relevant work experience and/or are involved in internet governance or information and communications technology (ICT) research, policy and regulation and are positioned – through their current employment or studies – to make a meaningful contribution to strengthening internet governance in Africa and African voices in internet governance globally. It is not for beginners.
AfriSIG school will only accept applications from current or emerging leaders and professionals from:
- Government ministries and departments.
- National and regional communications regulatory authorities.
- Public sector information and communications services such as public libraries.
- Members of parliament, particularly if they are involved in parliamentary portfolio committees that deal with media, communications and information technology issues.
- Service providers and other businesses that form part of the internet industry.
- Civil society and non-governmental organisations that interact with or operate in the internet-related information and communications sector.
- Human rights institutions dealing with internet issues, such as national or regional human rights commissions.
- Community-based information and communications services and the broader community informatics sector.
- The judiciary and other members of the legal community working with internet and communications law.
- Members of law enforcement agencies who deal with internet issues.
- The internet technical community, including those involved in the management of internet names and numbers, engineers, systems administrators, programmers and others involved in internet development, management and security.
- Academic and research institutions that deal with internet issues.
- Media organisations and outlets that focus on the internet. Individual bloggers and journalists who focus on the internet are also encouraged to apply.
The curriculum this year will cover:
- Digitalisation, the digital divide and data localisation.
- The internet governance ecosystem, the multistakeholder approach and internet governance forums. The role of government and intergovernmental forums.
- Internet architecture, infrastructure, standards and protocols. Management of internet names and numbers.
- Data governance: data protection, security, data flow sovereignty and localisation.
- Internet governance and social issues: gender, human rights, political participation and access to information.
- Cybersecurity, trust and safety.
- Content regulation: self-regulation, oversight boards, national regulation, misinformation and disinformation. Cross-border content regulation and jurisdiction.
Fellows will participate in a practicum that will simulate a real-life multistakeholder process by tackling a current internet-related policy challenge with the goal of arriving at an agreed solution in the form of a statement, position or policy brief.
The AfriSIG organisers have limited support available for successful applicants which will cover a tuition fee (estimated at USD 2,000 per fellow) and, where necessary, connectivity costs. All participants including self-funded and sponsored participants are encouraged to apply. All fellows, even those who are self-funded, will be expected to attend all courses for the duration of the school.
As part of the application, entrants will be required to answer a quick five-question quiz and upload a recent CV and two reference letters.
To apply for AfriSIG, interested persons are to complete and submit the form on or before August 23, 2021. The form is available HERE.