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Call for Applications for Fellowship to the IGF Academy

IGF Academy Fellowships

Open for applicants from:

  • Namibia,
  • Republic of the Congo,
  • Togo,
  • South Africa,
  • Myanmar,
  • Sri Lanka,
  • Bhutan,
  • Bangladesh

iRights, in cooperation with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and LIRNEasia, with the financial support of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, are pleased to announce the call for applications for a fellowship to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Academy.

We are looking for national champions in the field of freedom of expression and / or Internet governance. The fellowship will enable fellows to receive mentoring from internationally renowned experts in the Internet governance process, to participate in a regional workshop with champions from other countries, and to participate in the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Guadalajara, Mexico, from December 4th to 10th.

About the academy

The project seeks to foster and enhance freedom of expression on the Internet and inclusive and transparent national Internet governance and policy processes through the creation and/or consolidation of multistakeholder, national Internet Governance structures in Africa and Asia. To achieve this, the IGF Academy will bring together eight national champions from four African countries (Namibia, South Africa, Congo Brazzaville, Togo) and eight national champions from four Asian countries (Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Bangladesh).

The IGF Academy Fellowships

The fellowship will provide experienced individuals with the opportunity to:

> receive mentoring from internationally renowned Internet governance practitioners

> deepen their understanding of Internet governance issues and processes

> expand their networks nationally, regionally and globally

> develop a strategic roadmap to strengthen existing or initiate inclusive national Internet Governance processes in their countries

> peer learning with experts from their country, their region and cross-regionally

> participate in a regional training event

> participate in a training event at the global IGF

> participate in the global UN IGF 2016 in Guadalajara

> be part of a (cross)regional and UN global dialogue on freedom of expression and information preparing for the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

Fellowships will be awarded through a competitive process. Applications will be accepted until the 12th of June 2016, 22:00 GMT.

We encourage you to apply and forward the information about this programme to individuals who have a passion for freedom of expression and a broad understanding of a multistakeholder dialogue.

The fellowship period runs from June – December 2016.

Successful applicants will receive assistance and funding for travel, accommodation and meals to attend:

> One training event in their region (3 days), dates and location to be determined

> The UN Internet Governance Forum, Guadalajara, Mexico and a one-day pre-IGF workshop, December 4- 10 2016

Criteria for selection

Selection for the Fellowship is competitive. The selected candidates must provide a clear motivation for participating in the academy, including demonstrating a strong sense of what they intend to accomplish, how Internet Governance may help to foster freedom of expression in the long term in their home country and how they intend to apply the regional and global experiences from the trainings and the global UN IGF in their own national project.

Two fellows per country will be selected, one of them experienced in the human rights field, the other with experience in Internet governance processes.

In order to qualify applicants must be based in one of these countries:

    • Namibia,
    • Republic of the Congo,
    • Togo,
    • South Africa,
    • Myanmar,
    • Sri Lanka,
    • Bhutan,
    • Bangladesh

and be able to demonstrate that they

> are proficient in English (oral and written)

> are committed to the use of the Internet as a driver for development, democracy and human rights and Internet governance

> are self-motivated and able to work independently

> have fundraising and resource mobilisation skills at a national level

> have the capacity to build networks and to convene stakeholders from a variety of sectors

Depending on their profile (freedom of expression / Internet governance), candidates must have a proven track-record in

> human rights work (especially freedom of expression) at a national level

> Internet governance and/or public policy, especially in national regulatory ICT processes

The Application

Qualified applicants are requested to express their interest by filling the form.*

Only fully completed applications will be considered.

*Your personal data will be transmitted using SSL encryption

In case you have further questions regarding the application process, please contact us by email at igf-academy [at] iRights [dot] info

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IETF fellowships from IIREF

IIREF provides fellowship to attend IETF events. Intended applicants are requested to follow this sections and register. IIREF is providing fellowship for IETF96.

IIREF invites applications from qualified internet professionals from Academia, Industries, Research labs for participation in upcoming IETF Events.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant should be an Indian national and should be above 18 years of age.
Prior contributions to IETF working groups or mailing lists will be an added advantage.
Regular technical contributions to IIREF will be an additional advantage.

For more information: http://iiref.in/fellowship

Click Here to apply.

(the above is extract from the IIREF web page, as noticed based on information from a mailing list)

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Nextgen@ICANN fellowships

ICANN, nextgen
Application Round Opens for nextgen@icann

Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is looking for the ‘next generation’ of individuals who are interested in becoming more actively engaged in their own regional communities as well as taking part in the future growth of global Internet policy.  Important work is happening every day at ICANN; if you are ready to start your journey, read the information below to see if you are eligible for THIS ICANN Meeting.

Prospective members of the NextGen@ICANN initiative must be:

  • Living or studying in the region of the respective ICANN meeting and between the ages of 18 and 30.These regions are determined by ICANN based on the Global Stakeholder Engagement regions. Note: for those over the age of 30, be sure to apply for the ICANN Fellowship program if you meet the Fellowship criteria (Learn More).
  • Able to spend the time allotted for the ICANN meeting, actively participating and in attendance at all required events, as noted by the organizers of NextGen.
  • Interested in Internet Governance, the future of the Internet, and other topics covered at the ICANNmeeting.
  • Willing to present a 5-10 minute project at the meeting. This could be a presentation of research you are working on or have completed, an activity you are doing related to ICANN‘s work, a website you are affiliated with that is related to ICANN‘s work, a thesis project you are working on, etc. All NextGen presentations may be attended by members of the ICANN Multistakeholder community who are in attendance at the ICANN Meeting, as well as NextGen Ambassadors and other NextGen participants.

We are now accepting applications for the ICANN56 Program to be held in Helsinki, Finland 27-30 June 2016. Click here for more information about the meeting: https://meetings.icann.org/en/helsinki56

Click here to apply to NextGen@ICANN

(Application for ICANN56 opened until 18 April 2016)

Future of Internet, IGF, Internet, Multistakeholder Model, News

European Summer School of Internet Governance announces its 2016 week long program


European Summer School of Internet Governance
European Summer School of Internet Governance

Do you want to understand the multilayer, multi player mechanisms of Internet Governance? Do you want to know what the political, economic, social and legal implications of Internet Governance are? Do you want to learn what is behind cryptic acronyms like ICANN, RIR, DNS, ccTLD, gTLD, iDN, IPv6, ISP, IETF, W3C, IAB, WHOIS, GAC, IGF, WGIG and WSIS? Do want to get more detailed information about technical Internet standards, protocols, codes, domain names, IP addresses, registries and registrars? Are you interested to look deeper into the opportunities and risks of the emerging global Internet Economy? Do you want to become an Internet Governance leader of tomorrow?

Than you should apply for the “10th European Summer School on Internet Governance” (EuroSSIG). The 2016 Summer School offers a unique multidisciplinary high level 48 hours academic programme. 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 unique opportunities for learning in a multi stakeholder environment, which includes also intense and individual interactive communication with faculty members and fellows from all over the world. The faculty is chaired by Prof. Wolfgang Kleinwächter, University of Aarhus.


Applications will be accepted both from students and individuals working in the private sector, in government or in civil society groups from all over the world. Application criteria are a basic academic degree or relevant practical experiences. The full course fee is 1000 EUR (plus 19% VAT), but we offer reduced fee for master students of 500 EUR (plus 19% VAT). It includes, next to the lecture programme:

  • seven nights accommodation in the guest rooms of the academy
  • breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee
  • one evening reception in the “Meissen Porcelain Manufactory”
  • gala dinner in the historic wine restaurant “Vincenz Richter”
  • boat trip on the river Elbe
  • free WiFi access and
  • all teaching material.


We can offer students from developing countries an opportunity to apply for the global fellowship programme.  These fellowships are limited and do not all include travel costs. Therefore we kindly ask you to indicate if you are able to cover your travel costs.

If you are interested in the European Summer School on Internet Governance (EuroSSIG), please apply by using the online application form. For any additional questions please contact Sandra Hoferichter the coordinator of the Summer School.

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Internet Technologies evolve to enable Interplanetary Networking

The initial Inter Planetary Networking technologies have been developed by Vint Cerf and others.  In Interplanetary networking the time delay (latency) and the lack of continuous network connectivity (as for example, waiting for the next satellite to come into the communication range) are problems that needed to be solved.  Hence the Interplanetary Network has to be Delay Tolerant and Disruption tolerant, whereas on the Internet, by the present protocols, the packets would be dropped when there is a line disruption or any abnormal delay.

Interplanetary Networks concept diagram by IPNSIG
Interplanetary Networking or Delay and Disruption Tolerant Networks

The experimental protocols have been developed by members of the Delay & Disruption Tolerant Networking Research Group (which operates under the aegis of the Internet Research Task Force).

The Internet Society has shared an update from NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate’s (HEOMD) on its Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) program.

While much of the focus is on a human mission to Mars, there are also signs of NASA’s increased commitment to Delay & Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN).

Current Activities:

  • Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN): Infusion of store and forward communications protocols into NASA and international missions.

Recent Accomplishments:

  • Demonstrated supervisory control of ESA Eurobot from the International Space Station (ISS using) DTN.
  • Agreement with KARI (the South Korean Space Agency) to conduct DTN experiments.

With an increased dependency upon robotic missions to pave the way for a human mission to Mars, and increasing realization that the data is the mission, these are encouraging signs that DTN is gathering momentum as a critical component of guaranteeing mission success.

The full update is available for download at:  https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/3-Status_of_AES.pdf  See slide 17

For a better understanding of the basics of DTN watch this video: