Internet Governance

Four tips on teaching internet governance in developing countries

Prof. Kleinwaechter is the founder and chair of the “European Summer School on Internet Governance” (EURO-SSIG). In a workshop focusing on teaching internet governance in developing countries held at the 7th IGF in Baku, he  presented 4 lessons on teaching internet governance:

  • Curriculum has to be built around the needs of the fellows. It makes no sense to define a fixed program. What you teach should be done in a bottom up way by first identifying the needs of the fellows.
  • Be dynamic. Internet and Internet governance is a very dynamic field.  You have to look at what are the big issues in the last year so that you can adjust to it.
  • Be practical.  Big theories are needed. Nothing is more practical than a good theory. You should have a certain theoretical foundation for what you are teaching or studying, but this has to be done in a way that you come rather quickly to the real, practical problems, either in policy or technology or in business.
  • Provide a space for interactive communication and interactive learning. Teaching internet governance has to be like a network; it has to be peer to peer, end to end, very interactive, and not preaching