Internet Governance

Watch Live This Week: 2016 South Summer School on Internet Governance (SSIG) from DC

The 2016 South Summer School on Internet Governance (SSIG) is about to start today in Washington DC! In its eighth edition, the SSIG has become one of the most important capacity building programs in the Latin American (LAC) region for training new leaders on internet issues.

The initiative has been championed by Olga Cavalli and Adrian Carballo, both ISOC Argentina Chapter officers, and this year has been organized by the Organization of American States (OAS) and CCLAT. It brings together the largest group in its history, about 180 students from several countries in the Americas, who will have an intensive week of learning classes directly from experts in different sectors.

The Internet Society has been long standing supporter of the SSIG and is proud of its impact in the region by empowering the next generation of leaders.

We will hold a panel about Internet Governance Forum on Wednesday, 30th, at 4:30pm (UTC-4).

The agenda (PDF) raises the different pieces in the Internet Governance Ecosystem and for this year it has a special focus on Cybersecurity and Freedom of Expression. Some of the keynote speakers highlights are: Vint Cerf, Daniel Sepulveda and Larry Strickling.

If you are interested in participating, you can join remotely through these three audio and video channels:

Direct from the floor



You can also follow along on Twitter by watching these hashtags: #SSIGOAS and #SSIG2016

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Summer School on Internet Governance (SSIG) Plays A Critical Role In Internet Growth

With more than 3 billion users worldwide, the Internet is arguably the most important infrastructure in today’s age. This makes understanding global Internet Governance a skill that cannot be underestimated – but yet – one that for most, is not so easily acquired.

This is where the Summer School on Internet Governance (SSIG) plays a critical part. SSIG is pivotal in helping students, academics and interested individuals from a broad range of backgrounds to understand the complexities of standard setting, policy-making and the infrastructure maintenance of the Internet – fulfilling a role that no other international academic organization does, at a master level and in such a comprehensive way.

This innovative program has been deepening the understanding of fellows from around the world for nine years and this year has drawn participants – both fellows and faculty members – from around 20 different countries. Many SSIG graduates go on to become leaders and key contributors to shaping Internet Governance in a variety of stakeholder groups, making it an incredibly worthy curriculum.

I am pleased to say that for the third successive year, the Internet Society is a supporting partner of the SSIG.

This year ISOC will be sponsoring fellow Nadira Alaraj of the ISOC Palestine Chapter who first entered the world of Internet Governance after taking the Internet Governance Capacity Building Program through the Diplo Foundation. You can find more information about Nadira and some of the other SSIG fellows on the SSIG website.

In addition to ISOC sponsoring a fellow, I moderated two sessions focused on business perspectives on Internet Governance, involving ISOC Organization members from Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom, among others. All of this happened last week from July 26 – August 1, 2015.

From a personal perspective, I have had the privilege of teaching at SSIG for eight years now and I never cease to be amazed at what a nurturing environment this is for fostering learning and building relationships.

Set in Meissen, Germany in a 12th Century monastery, the peacefulness and simplicity of this place brings people together – both faculty members and fellows alike – to reflect on the importance of collaboration and the multistakeholder approach, and where substantive exchanges about key Internet policy and technical issues take place.

For ISOC, keeping the Internet open, resilient, secure and making it available to everyone around the world is who we are and what we stand for. SSIG is one small step in helping us to connect the world and work with others for the benefit of advocating for equal access, open development of standards, protocols and infrastructure and ultimately making the world a better place.

Programs like the SSIG are an excellent way for our members and Chapters to help build the expertise of both young and experienced people in our community. It also highlights our longstanding efforts in Internet Governance Capacity Building, also one of the key focus areas identified by the ISOC Internet Governance survey published in March.

The success and reputation of SSIG has catalyzed other summer school programs in other regions including Latin America and Africa to take off.

Meeting incredible people from around the world who care about the Internet, and its growth, and want to tackle the policy, legal and regulatory challenges and issues is an extremely rewarding experience. We are pleased as the Internet Society to help sponsor events such as this.

Photo credit: image of last year’s 2014 Euro-SSIG by Sandra Hoferichter, used with her permission.

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Heading To Costa Rica April 19-22 To Talk Internet Governance And IPv6

The Internet Society will be heading to a series of events in San Jose, Costa Rica, next week where we are tackling the three pillars that ground our work: development, policy and technology. We expect to bring together several opportunities to promote the open internet, collaborative efforts and the multistakeholder approach for an enabling policy environment. Participating in the sessions from ISOC staff will be: Sally Wentworth, Vice President of Global Policy Development; Sebastian Bellagamba, Regional Bureau Director for LAC and Raquel Gatto, Regional Policy Advisor.

Here are the events in which we are participating:

South School on Internet Governance – SSIG

SSIG is one of the pioneer capacity-building programs about Internet Governance in the region, lead by Olga Cavalli and Adrian Carballo, both ISOC Argentina Chapter officers. Around 100 participants are expected from across the region with different stakeholder background, gender and ages. The program is built on an intensive full week of learning classes directly from experts in the region and encourages the exchange between students and faculty members. The Internet Society has supported this initiative since its inception for the opportunity of fostering the community building and empowering our next generation leaders in the region.

On Monday, 20th April at 11:00am local time (UTC-6), Raquel Gatto will talk about the Internet Governance Ecosystem, the key principles that brought this model together and how the internet keeps working through the different mechanisms.

On Wednesday, 22nd April at 9:30am local time (UTC-6), Sebastian Bellagamba joins the panel about IETF and Internet Standards, highlightening the importance of the participation from our region, especially in preparation for the upcoming IETF Buenos Aires meeting on April 2016, the first one to be held in Latin America.

Both sessions will be webcast by the SSIG organizers. We will update this post with the link to the webcast when it is available.

1st Regional Dialogue on Internet Governance for Central America and Panama

This event is hosted by the Costa Rica Telecommunications Superintendence (SUTEL) in collaboration with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications of Costa Rica (MICITT) and working closely to our ISOC Costa Rica Chapter Chair, Mr Carlos Raul Gutiérrez.

This is another successful example of how the regional community embraces the multistakeholder and collaborative approaches to come together aiming to build a space for discussing emerging Internet Governance issues. This event has a high level attendance confirmed including the Internet pioneer and founder of Internet Society Mr Vint Cerf and our own Sally Wentworth. Both are schedule for the morning panels on Tuesday, 21st April.

In the afternoon panel at 17:30 local time (UTC-6), Sebastian Bellagamba will speak about the construction of an Internet Governance agenda in Central America building on the experience from LACIGF and other fora in putting forward an IG regional agenda.

A webcast will be available! Keep tuned to the event website.

IPv6 Workshop

We are supporting this event as part of our technical infrastructure development efforts in the region. The transition to the IPv6  is imperative for the continued growth of the internet. The workshop is organized by (the ccTLD administrators) and CRIX (Costa Rica Internet Exchange Point). It will be presented by Alejandro Acosta, chair of IPv6 Task Force and engineer from LACNIC, and Alvaro Retana, IETF-LAC chair and Routing Area Director at the IETF. The main audience will be the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Costa Rica currently connected to CRIX but it is open to all the Internet network operators in the country.

If you are attending one of the meetings, we will be delighted to meet you! Find us around and let’s have the famous Costa Rica coffee with a good conversation.