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Shaping the Internet - History and Futures

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Applications are now open for the Internet Society's Next Generation Leaders (NGL) eLearning programme "Shaping the Internet - History and Futures".

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 ĘC 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 November):
- The History of the Internet
- Technical Background - Internet Standards and Technology
- Internet Governance and Policy
- Emerging issues ĘC 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 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 - join here 
  • 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 applicant)
  • 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 visit:

If you have any questions, please contact leaders@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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