Submitted Proposals

Organization: Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies, NOIDA, UP, India
Title :
59. Building a Global Capacity Building Curriculum Framework and Primer for Internet Governance
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

This workshop will address the issue of capacity building and aim to create a global network of practitioners, representing several lead stakeholder groups, to discuss the creation of a primer/ basic learning material to be built into an undergraduate/ graduate level diploma on Internet Governance issues. This process will trigger in training modules, programmes, issues and design components for developing course content. Since IG is a global, dynamic and evolving subject, a lot of the latest content and course material would have to be constantly revised and students engaged on an ongoing learning basis. The youth are the future decision makers of tomorrow, and they need to have an orientation on this subject.

CSDMS will take the lead in garnering a global network of people interested in developing the courses that can be delivered and adapted across the world, but especially in developing countries. The course modules will be available online, and may be delivered online/offline. Online community of practitioners will also be built. Courses will need to be developed at College, University, Research and Corporate/Government( in-service) professionals levels.

Key questions of the session will be:
  • How can we develop a generic agenda for capacity building network? What lessons can be learned from the WGIG/WSIS/GKP experiences about designing and operating multi-stakeholder processes?
  • How will the development of new network architectures, technologies and applications afffect Internet Governance and its relationship with telecommunications and content governance?
  • How can the research community derived from multiple disciplines be involved in Internet Governance processes - as stakeholders providing impartial information, analysis and advice?
  • How to constantly develop, maintain and revise the basic curriculum for building capacities in developing countries on the global Internet Goverance debate?
  • How can we use new Web 2.0 technologies, NGN, Ubiquitous networks, Grids, Future Internets, etc. to build local language content and collaborative knowledge sharing?
  • How do we ensure that the voices of the voiceless are heard at International dialogues and debates to ensure universality of the access to Internet and being part of Information Society?
Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.
  • Diplo Foundation, Malta (have been partners before) – (To be confirmed)
  • Ugabytes Network, Uganda
  • IDRC, Canada
  • GeSCI (Global eSchools and Communities Initiative)
  • Government of India (Ministry of Human Resources Development and MoCIT)
  • Sula Batsu, Costa Rica
  • APC Women, Philippines
  • UNGAID, Gender Cell
  • GKP, South Asia Regional Network
  • eINDIA and eASIA network of stakeholders (multiple, representing several organisations, and stakeholders)
We have begun the discussions with these partner organisations, and will be communicating the details of the panelists.
Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.

Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies, (CSDMS) NOIDA, UP, India, is a not-for-profit research institution established in 1997.

CSDMS is committed to advocacy and developing knowledge solutions for under-privileged societies through the use of innovative and effective Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for development. Our activities are targeted to meet the needs of society in the development sector through research in the field of ICT, undertaking development projects through the usage of knowledge-sharing tools and products like print and electronic media, and building capacity through training programmes. Our multi-cultural team has expertise from across disciplines and cover various aspects of research on ICTs for development.

CSDMS has been an active member of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) processes held in Geneva (2003) and Tunis (2005). CSDMS was also a lead panel speaker at the WGIG summit at Greece (2006). CSDMS is a knowledge partner and lead member of the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP), which promotes multi-stakeholder partnerships. CSDMS works closely with civil society organisations, private sector enterprises, service and solution providers and governments in India and Asia. We have working relations with several lead international development institutions like UNDP, UNESCO, World Bank, SDC, IDRC and others.

Key speakers and respondents at the proposed workshop will represent:
  • Both Genders
  • Geographies: Africa, Asia, Latin America
  • Mix of government, private sector, academia and civil society organisations (only one rep from one country/region)
  • Youth reps
Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?

- Yes. The proposed workshop takes into consideration that learning is a dynamic process and the subject itself has experts who are globally spread out.

- The issues faced by countries, organisations and partners are also diverse and unique

Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.

- Key to understanding what the Information Society will look like clearly mandates that the future generation of decision makers are well aware and updated on the latest global dialogues on the Internet Governance Issues.

- The capacity building workshop proposed envisages to reflect on how to build an online and offline capacity building training programme at the University level for graduates and undergraduates, as well as professional course for decision makers at multiple stakeholder levels.

- Since a lot of the knowledge and experiences are being gathered on a day to day basis and it is an emerging agenda, it is important to build linkages with key research institutions, forums and stakeholder consultations, and to build key learning materials that emerge from these deliberations

- This is a challenging area, and we are proposing to link up with partners to develop a consistent agenda and curriculum framework for teaching IG as a subject (for academic and professional upgradation courses)

List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.

-IDRC organised workshop at IGF, Greece, Oct-Nov 2006

-eIndia 2005,6,7,8 (multi-stakeholder conferences jointly organised with Government of India, private sector and civil society organisations

-eASIA 2006,7 (Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

-Global Knowledge Partnership Conferences (Egypt, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia) - several workshops

- WSIS - Geneva (one workshop)

- WSIS - Tunis (3 workshops)

Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?
No, But our organisation participated in the Greece IGF and were a member of a panel by IDRC. We submitted our report to the workshop organisers