2nd Summer School on Internet Governance

To be held in Meissen, Germany, from July 25-31, 2008.The Internet, with more than 1.2 billion users worldwide, is the most important infrastructure of the information age. The Internet influences policies, economics and cultures on the global as well as on the local level. Internet related issues like security and stability, freedom of expression, privacy, eCommerce, new market opportunities, protection of intellectual property, fight against cybercrime, development, digital divide and others getting higher and higher priorities on the national and international political agenda. To reach the UN Millenium Development Goals (MDG) until 2015 the Internet is a crucial tool. For some experts Internet Governance will become as important as it is climate change today.Do you want to understand, how and by whom the Internet is governed and what the issues are which have made Internet Governance as one of the new global conflicts of the diplomacy of the 21st century? Do you want to know what the political, economic, social and legal implications of Internet Governance are and what is behind ICANN, RIRs, ccTLDs, gTLDs, iDNs, IPv6, IGF, WGIG and WSIS ? Do want to get more detailed information on how technical Internet Standards, Protocols and Codes, how the Domain Name System and the IP Address Space or the Domain Name market is evolving? Than you should apply for the “2008 Summer School on Internet Governance” (SSIG).The 2008 Summer School offers a unique multidisciplinary high level 50 hours academic programme both for graduate students and young academics as well as for junior professionals from private sector, government and civil society. The programme is a well balanced mixture of theoretical lectures with world leading academics as well as practical presentations from well known experts working directly in the technical community, the market or in policy. It offers also opportunities for interactive communication with faculty members and among the fellows themselves by the daily evening programme of students presentations.Members of the 2008 Faculty include, inter alia:

  • Prof. Olga Cavalli, University of Buenos Aires
  • Bertrand de la Chapelle, Envoy of the Information Society, French Foreign Ministry
  • Avria Doria, Lulea Technology University, Chair of ICANNs GNSO Council
  • Dr. William Drake, Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva
  • Philipp Grabensee, Chairman of the Board of Afilias Ltd., Dublin
  • Ayesha Hassan, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Paris
  • Markus Kummer, Executive Secretary of the Internet Governance Forum, (TBC)
  • Prof. Milton Mueller, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, N.Y.
  • Michael Niebel, European Commission, Member of ICANNs GAC, Brussels
  • Prof. Jonathan Zittrain, Oxford Internet Institute (TBC)

The Faculty is chaired by Prof. Wolfgang Kleinwächter, University of AarhusThe 2008 Summer School on Internet Governance (SSIG) takes place in the St. Afra Monastery of the “Evangelische Akademie Meissen” in Germany, a historic place, where the father of the German enlightenment, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, went to school. Meissen is a 1000 years old small city, famous for its “Meissen China”, its very dry white wine and its old fortress, gothic churches and historic wine cellars from July 25 – July 31, 2008. It is a 30 minutes train ride from Dresden Airport, which connected by six daily shuttles to Munich and Frankfurt.The Summer School on Internet Governance (SSIG) is organized by the University of Aarhus and the Medienstadt Leipzig e.V., a recognized “At Large Structure” (ALS) under ICANN Bylaws. It is sponsored by five TLD Registries, among them as Golden Sponsor DENIC (.de), as Silver Sponsor UNINETT (.no) and SIDN (.nl) and as Bronze Sponsor EURID (.eu) and DotAsia (.asia). Additionally UNESCO, Diplo Foundation, GIGANET, ENOM, Afilias, Dotberlin and others have partnered with the Summer School.The fee of 1,000.00 EUR (plus 19% VAT) includes, next to the full lecture programme:

  • six nights accommodation in single guest rooms of the academy,
  • breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and snacks & wine at the daily night sessions,
  • one evening reception in the Meissen Procellanmanufactory,
  • a gala dinner in the historic wine-restaurant “Vinzenz Richter”,
  • sightseeing events,
  • free WiFi access and
  • all teaching material.

There is a special fee for students of 500.00 EUR (plus 19% VAT). There is also an opportunity to apply for support from the fellowship programme which is still under development. Students will get a certificate at the end of the Summer School.Detailed information, including the Draft Programme and the electronic “Application Form” as well as comments from 2007 Summer School Fellows can be found under www.euro-ssig.euIf you are interested in the Summer School on Internet Governance (SSIG), please send Applications until May 31, 2008 by using the electronic form on the website or contacting directly Sandra Hoferichter (info@hoferichter.eu), the Secretary of the Summer School or Prof. Wolfgang Kleinwächter (wolfgang@imv.au.dk), chair of the 2008 Faculty.

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