Online Training: Internet Governance and Policy in MENA region

July 13, 2013

Call for Participation

How can activists, human rights defenders or journalists cope with governments seeking greater power and control over the Internet through surveillance, website filtering, restrictive legislation and intergovernmental processes that curb online freedoms?

Hivos is organising a six-week online course under its Internet Governance in the MENA Region (IGMENA) programme to equip different stakeholders across the region with skills and knowledge on IG and policy-related issues.

At the end of the course, participants will have the required tools to share experiences with their peers, understand current IG notions and issues, link them to the situation in their respective countries and influence local policies. Furthermore, the programme will involve successful participants in several regional and global IG processes, put them in touch with experts on IG and include them in an extended network of activists and experts in the region.

Tuition fees for a number of qualified applicants who demonstrate the required skills will be covered by a fellowship from Hivos in partnership with Association of Progressive Communication (APC) and DiploFoundation.

The course is intended for:

  • Public sector employees at the national regulator or the ministry of communication and technology
  • Members of the private sector representing a company operating in the Internet industry
  • Bloggers, journalists, human rights activists, scholars, researchers, students with a background in law, political science or international relations

The deadline for applications is 22 July 2013, and the course starts on 5 August 2013. For details about the course, participant requirements and how to apply, please go to