Internet Society’s Next Generation Leaders program

Lucy Lynch llynch at
Wed Mar 23 13:57:40 CDT 2011

All -

Please see below. If you know someone who would benefit from this program, 
and who meets the requirements outined, please forward this on. If you'd 
like a copy of the text in French let me know and I'll send you text.

- Lucy

>From ross at Mon Mar 14 09:18:35 2011
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:55:20 +0100
From: Gerard Ross <ross at>
Subject: Applications now open - Next Generation Leaders
     eLearning programme “Shaping the Internet – History and Futures”

Applications now open - Next Generation Leaders eLearning 
programme “Shaping the Internet – History and Futures” 

Applications are now open for the Internet Society’s Next Generation 
Leaders (NGL) eLearning programme “Shaping the Internet – History and 


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 – 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 

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 

- The History of the Internet
- Technical Background - Internet Standards and Technology
- Internet Governance and Policy
- Emerging issues – 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
- fluency in English or French
- good writing skills, ability to summarize information, and focus on
- 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

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 

If you have any questions, please contact <leaders at>.

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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