Application Deadline: 7 June 2019.
The Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA) is a 5-day capacity development workshop focused on topics related to Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Internet governance. It is targeted at, but not limited to, undergraduate and graduate students from universities and tertiary educational institutions in South Korea and Asia Pacific. Anyone from the Asia Pacific region, interested in Internet governance issues and related international activities, and between the ages of 18 and 35, are welcome to participate.
The Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA) aims to develop youth leaders’ understanding of the Internet and its ecosystem. APIGA also aims to equip its participants with the knowledge and skills to participate in Internet policymaking through developing a foundation of the following:
- The concept of Internet Governance, and the multistakeholder model of policymaking;
- Current global Internet Governance issues, and applying these issues at the local and regional levels;
- The confidence to speak up in regional and international fora.
Last but not least, APIGA also aims to spark and develop participants’ interest in global Internet trends.
With its cooperative mechanism involving ICANN and other regional partners, APIGA may also serve as a capacity-building model for replication in other economies and localities.
Participants will build confidence in and appreciation for multistakeholder processes, such as that found in ICANN and IGF platforms. Participants will be exposed to a range of Internet governance topics and will be able to stay connected to the APAC Internet community through the academy’s partnerships with regional initiatives.
Participants are required to complete customized online modules from ISOC and ICANN as prerequisite training for the academy, and will receive certificates upon completion. Upon successful completion of the 5-day academy, participants will also receive a certificate of completion given by KISA and ICANN.
Upon graduation, participants will be part of the APIGA alumni network, where regional organizations will continue to share information and participation opportunities on regional and global Internet governance-related events including IGF and ICANN meetings.
This program is designed for motivated undergraduate and graduate students from universities and those engaged in IG relevant entities in the Asia Pacific Region. As the sessions and discussions are conducted in English, a good grasp of the English language is preferred. The program will include group work and projects, and participants are expected to be engaged full-time during the day, as well as outside of academy lecture hours.
Full Fellowship will be given to suitable candidates from Asia Pacific.
Target number of participants: Approx. 40 participants (This is inclusive of approximately 20 Fellowship beneficiaries from the Asia Pacific. Exact number depends on the sponsorship amount available.)
Selection of suitable candidates will be conducted by a selection committee comprised of representatives from the local host and other relevant organizations.
Kindly note the following:
- Applicants MUST register an account in the system to access the fellowship application, submit and check the status.
- If you have previously applied for a regional fellowship (such as the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum) and already registered an account previously, there is no need to register again or register a different account.
Key Program Elements
The academy program is a robust program that includes interactive components, such as online learning, mock meeting, and group projects. The academy program includes the following topics:
- History of Internet Governance
- Introduction to Internet’s Global Eco-system
- Fundamentals of Internet Infrastructure and Internet Security
- Introduction ICANN and Domain Name System
- Introduction to the Multistakeholder Model and ICANN’s Policymaking Process
Pre-requisite Online Learning
To ensure effective learning and facilitate more robust discussions at the workshops, three customized online learning courses have been developed for the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy. These courses touch on Internet governance and ICANN topics respectively:
- ISOC Course on Internet Governance (moderated and self-paced)
- ICANN Learn Course: Asia Pacific Internet Governance Program (self-paced)
- APNIC Academy (self-paced)
The three courses will span over 3-4 weeks. Upon the successful completion of the ISOC Course, participants will be presented with a certificate. Participants are required to complete the two online learning modules before the commencement of the academy.
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