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Supporting SIGs

SUPPORTING SCHOOLS ON INTERNET GOVERNANCE

Digital Inclusion for All

Digital policy and related processes are continuously changing as digital technologies are emerging and becoming more integrated in people's lives. Much of the knowledge and skills on how to maximise benefits from using digital technologies, but also how to utilize them in a safe and secure manner, is with users. In order to ensure overall safety and security online, it is important to ensure that education on how to use digital technologies circulates among people. Schools on Internet Governance (SIGs) have shown to be a good way to systematically do this.

Over the years, those that already held expertise in Internet governance recognized the need to develop the capacity for Internet governance further. They started to invest into educational programmes that could attract people of different backgrounds and ages, and help to transfer knowledge on what digital technologies can do for people and how they can be utilized. In addition, some gained a regional or a global scope which allowed for important networking among involved people.

The IGF Secretariat has been communicating with many SIGs. In several, its staff was involved in various ways to support the implementation of the programme. In particular, the last few years saw a growing number of SIGs associated with the national or regional IGF initiatives as a form of capacity development. During this collaboration, it was noticed that different practices exist in planning and implementing the schools. Some are a few hours long, whilst some run for days. Some include an international component, while some are locally-driven. One of the biggest assets associated with schools is that they are inclusive of ages, regions, and disciplines. In the times of a still-growing digital divide, including the gender-based divide, this is particularly important.

In 2021, the IGF Secretariat aims to extend its support to SIGs through cooperation on a development of an international syllabus framework which can be adjusted to the particular requirements and needs of any local community. In this activity, all schools gathered around the Dynamic Coalition on Schools on Internet governance (DC-SIG) are invited to join. The syllabus will be implemented through a bottom-up, open, transparent and inclusive methodology by gathering already existing best practices and brainstorming with SIGs on best ways to achieve this objective. The work could develop around the following areas:

  • Internet governance focus areas
  • Educational and training materials
  • Resource persons 
  • Workshop modules
  • Monitoring and follow-up actions

The project to support schools on Internet governance was was officially launched at the 15th edition of the European Summer School on Internet Governance (EuroSSIG) on
20 August, 11:30-13:30 UTC

 


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Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

Villa Le Bocage
Palais des Nations,
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland

igf [at] un [dot] org
+41 (0) 229 173 411