KICTANet welcomes applications for fellows for the 6th Edition of the Kenya School of Internet Governance (KeSIG). KeSIG takes place prior to the Kenya IGF, with the aim of introducing beginners in internet governance to basic concepts in internet policymaking. This is with the goal of creating and increasing the available expertise for participation in local and global internet governance processes. Learn more about KeSIG here: https://kigf.or.ke/kesig/
Kenya School of Internet Governance will take place over a 3-day course from the 20th- 22nd September 2021. Successful candidates will be contacted and enrolled into the program. The course if free, and participants must complete a set curriculum to graduate.
KeSIG’s mission is to increase capacity of key actors and potential actors in the local internet governance space. These include traditional human rights defenders and civil society organisations, students, academia, tech community and government departments. These actors are also commissioned to participate in international internet policy making for a thereby contributing African perspectives in global debates. The training aims to:
- Get participants to understand internet governance
- Increase the mass of people contributing to internet policy making in Kenya and globally
- Equip participants with skills to effectively participate in internet governance discussions and forums
- Provide networking opportunities for different stakeholders
- Provide actors involved in internet governance (trainers) with feedback on emerging issues
KeSIG will take place over a period of three days. In the first day, participants are taken through basic concepts in internet governance with a focus on Kenya’s contribution throughout the years. Topical issues such as online protest and content generation are covered in the second day. On the third day, participants interact with policy makers such as the Communications Authority, legislative drafters and private sector policy advocates.
The training is a mix of lectures and interactive activities. Participants get to listen to perspectives from veterans and practitioners who have participated in internet governance as well as emerging leaders. They also get to stimulate scenarios and envision the future of internet and policy making in Africa. KeSIG alumni also facilitate sessions in the programme, encouraging participants to envision their contribution to internet policy making.
Areas to be covered in the training include:
- Introduction to Internet Governance
- Main concepts in Internet Governance
- Internet Governance processes and how to get involved
- Kenya’s internet Governance policy /legal framework(s), Internet Governance Issues in Kenya
- Digitalisation and digital rights in Kenya and Africa at large
KeSIG is made possible through sponsorship from different organizations. We are always open to sponsorship opportunities so that we can have the school more frequently, and increase the size of each class. To enquire about sponsorships, please write to [info at kictanet.or.ke]