IGF 2021 Launch / Award Event #7 Launch of the New South School on Internet Governance

Thursday, 9th December, 2021 (11:00 UTC) - Thursday, 9th December, 2021 (11:45 UTC)
Hall A3

South School on Internet Governance
CCAT LAT - Centro de Capacitación para América Latina y el Caribe South School on Internet Governance University of Buenos Aires ISOC Argentina Chapter


Jorge Vega Iracelay - Universidad Carlos III - Spain - [email protected] - Spain - Academia
Nicolás Díaz Ferreira - University of Duisburg Essen - Germany - Academia
Vanessa Fusco Nogueira- Fiscalia General de la Província de MG - Brazil - Government Cathernine García-Van Hoogstraten - Tecnical expert - Netherlands - Private sector
Cláudio Lucena - Universidad Estadual de Paraíba- Brazil
Jorge Navarro Isla - Mexico Academy Group

Onsite Moderator
Olga Cavalli
Online Moderator

Monica Trochez


Patricia Vargas


There will be a dialogue among the panelists coordinated by the moderator to review the new structure of the South School on Internet Governance and the impact this new capacity building activity will have on the Internet Ecosystem. The Session gathers experts that are part of the faculty of the School and will share comments about the new structure compared with the previous structure of this event. There will be time for online and onsite questions and debates with comments from the audience.

Duration (minutes)



The South School on Internet Governance is launching a new format.

The new structure will have two parts: 1- an online training course of 30 hours 2- the five days intensive training during one week

The new structure will be available in spanish and english languages.

This new structure of the South School on Internet Governance will remain as a free capacity building activity with certification from various regional capacity building organizations granted to those fellows who complete the two stages of the training.

This new structure will allow the fellows of the Souh School on Internet Governance to have a deeper knowledge of the different issues that then are reviewed during the five day intensive training.

About the South School on Internet Governance:

The main objective of the South School on Internet Governance is to train young students and professionals from different disciplines in Latin America and the Caribbean in understanding the importance of Internet Governance in the future of the Internet and in the development of the region.

The active involvement of representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean is relevant for dealing with issues that are important for the development of the region and its insertion in a globalized world.

The mission of the South School on Internet Governance is to:

·Increase the representativeness of the Latin American and Caribbean region in spaces where Internet Governance is discussed and defined

·Create a training space for new generations of professionals who actively participate in meetings where the future of the Internet is defined

·Train new leaders of opinion on issues related with Internet Governance in each of the countries of the region.

In the 13 editions of the South School on Internet Governance more than 4,500 fellowships have been awarded to face-to-face and virtual participants from all the countries of the Americas and other regions like Europe, Africa and Asia.

When organized as a face to face event, fellowships included training, hotel and meals, gala dinner and social activities.

The program of activities of the South School on Internet Governance includes five full days of training and debate, where fellows and experts share their knowledge and experiences.

The program of activities includes simultaneous translation in both English and Spanish languages, and remote participation with video streaming and audio channels in both languages.

The South School on Internet Governance rotates among countries of America and has been organized with great success in:

2009 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

2010 - San Pablo, Brazil

2011 - Mexico City, Mexico

2012 - Bogotá, Colombia

2013 - Panama, Panama

2014 - Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

2015 - San José de Costa Rica, Costa Rica

2016 - OAS Headquarters, Washington DC, USA

2017 - FGV, Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

2018 - CYBER SSIG - OAS Headquarters, Washington DC, USA

2019 - Ministry of Economy, Mexico City, Mexico

2020 - Virtual South School on Internet Governance (Buenos Aires - Argentina)

2021 - New Virtual South School on Internet Governance in partnership with Ministry of ICT of Colombia

In 2018 the book "Internet Governance and Regulations in Latin America" was published in honor of the tenth anniversary of the SSIG.

The book is available online in Spanish, English and Portuguese languages, free for the community at www.gobernanzainternet.org


1) How will you design the session to ensure the best possible experience for the online and on-site participants?

The session will be informed previously to the global audience, with the benefit that this IGF will have a hybrid format. There will be a dialogue with questions and comments among the panelist promoted by the moderator There will be also other online tools like mentimeter and tweeter and instagram hastags to capture comments from online and onsite audience

2) If the speakers and organizers will all be online, how will you ensure interactions between them and the participants (including with on-site participants)?

We expect that moderator and some of the experts will be onsite, and others online The moderator has extensive experience in hybrid events and online events. Once the time comes, and the organizers will know who will be online and onsite, a guide of questions and order of speaking will be prepared to ensure the smooth development of the session.

3) Are you planning to use complementary tools/platforms to increase participation and interaction during the session?

Yes as expressed before, the session will be promoted before to enhance attendance and other online tools like mentimeter and tweeter and instagram hastags to capture comments from online and onsite audience

Key Takeaways (* deadline 2 hours after session)

The South School on Internet Governance has become one of the most important spaces for capacity building and more importantly for a multistakeholder and multidisciplinary space. All participants are able not only to learn but also to interact and create a very strong network,. The new structure of the SSIG Which includes a eight week self assisted and self evaluated asynchronous training, is a very good platform for the tradicional 5 day activit

Call to Action (* deadline 2 hours after session)

The school on Internet governance and the Argentina school on Internet governance will try to move to a hybrid formtat in 2022, granting fellowships to all participants as preiuous years. The school on Internet Governance will update as every year its program in order to reflect the new challenges and advantages that connectivy and Internet brings to the community.

Session Report (* deadline 26 October) - click on the ? symbol for instructions

This session presented to the IGF audience the new structure of the South School on Internet Governance:

This year the SSIG introduced two important innovations, a pre-training course of eight weeks based on the concept of micro e-learning including videos, podcasts and reading materials. These contents can be reviewed in any kind of device: mobile, tablet or pc. It is asynchronous, self-assisted with self-evaluations.

This pre-training is a requisite for attending the full five days of the SSIG synchronous training program. All contents of this pre training course were offered in two languages: English and Spanish.

Another important innovation is the SSIG App, which allowed the fellows to access the videos, program, and other relevant information during the training activity.

For the second time in its thirteen years of existence, the SSIG has been organized in a completely virtual different way, with the challenge of maintaining the quality and quantity of content and interaction among participating fellows, allowing them to meet Internet leaders through their participation in the program of activities.

In this virtual edition, the school broadened its horizons by convening more than one hundred experts from around the world who were connected in a virtual way to an audio and video studio to interact with more than 600 fellows from five continents.

The fellows got in contact and interacted during two months prior to the event attending an online self-assisted asynchronous training course, where they were able to meet virtually, receive videos, podcasts, reading material and self-evaluations. This pre-training gave them the knowledge base to profit from the synchronous full five days training from 4 to 8 October.

The virtual edition SSIG 2021 has been the largest of all its consecutive editions and the one that received the largest number of fellows with the greatest impact on social networks.

This second virtual edition demonstrated, for this second time, the adaptability, strength, and resilience of our great community of fellows and experts.

SSIG hopes to return to a on site or hybrid mode in the 14th 2022 edition.