Taskforce on Education, Academia and Research

Linked to our presentation of Divina Frau-Meigs – France on January 29, 2006.

Linked to our presentation of education, academia and research on January 28, 2006.

Within the framework of the Civil Society, this Taskforce contributes to the World Summit On the Information Society WSIS, organized by the United Nations. The Working Group (WG) deals both with online shared Educational Content (e.g. OpenCourseWare) and with Research related to Education (Methodology, Media, Sociology, Psychology).

There are currently 3 news items.

I.

Title: Invitation: Global Dialogue on Internet Governance 19-30
Content: As a contribution to the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), you are invited to participate in a web-based Global Deliberative Dialogue on Internet Governance, from 19-30 September 2005. For more information, and to register, go to: http://www.webdialogues.net/igp.

The purpose of this Global Dialogue is to raise awareness of Internet Governance, to broaden participation in the policy debate, and to provide concrete input into the final deliberations during the Third Preparatory Meeting for the WSIS, taking place concurrently with the Global Dialogue in Geneva (http://www.itu.int/wsis/preparatory2/pc3/index.html).

Additionally, the web-based structure of the dialogue will allow diverse voices from around the world to contribute to these important deliberations without traveling to Geneva. The Global Dialogue explores the findings and recommendations of the official report of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (http://www.wgig.org), and will address:

(1) The WGIG itself, and lessons learned from its processes;
(2) The working consensus definition of Internet Governance;
(3) The public policy issues identified in the WGIG report;
(4) The roles and responsibilities outlined by the report; and
(5) The four governance models proposed by the report.

Each of the four main sections of the dialogue will be introduced by an optional real-time “synchronous” webconference that will feature updates from participants on the ground in Geneva. At the heart of the Global Dialogue are the daily “asynchronous” web-based deliberations on the public policy issues and governance models proposed for Internet Governance. For each discussion topic, panels of experts and active participants in the WSIS processes will be available. The digital library includes extensive and searchable background information. Daily summaries will capture the main discussion points and questions raised. Periodic polls will capture the viewpoints of participants and may aid in the development of consensus positions.

This dialogue is hosted by the Internet Governance Project (http://www.internetgovernance.org), in conjunction with the Collaboratory on Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (Cotelco) at the School of information Studies, the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs at the Maxwell School, the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), and WestEd.

Your participation in this Global Deliberative Dialogue is critical. We want to be as inclusive as possible to broaden and increase global participation in and awareness of the issues of Internet Governance. The ideas discussed in the dialogue will be fed into the decision-making processes in Geneva, and may help to serve as model for global deliberative policy dialogues in general.

Please share this announcement with other individuals, groups and countries. The dialogue website is publicly available. To learn more about the Dialogue and to register to participate, please visit the dialogue Web site: www.webdialogues.net/igp.

For more information, please contact Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn at dcogburn@syr.edu./Posted: 2005-09-14.

II.

Title: Fellowships for PrepCom 3, 19-30 September 2005
Content: For PrepCom-3, 19-30 September 2005, there will
be a limited number of fellowships available for
civil society representatives.
See http://www.itu.int/wsis/preparatory2/pc3/index.html#fellowships
Priority will be given to people from LDCs, and should be from accredited organizations. Posted: 2005-06-30.

III.

Title: Taskforce Contribution to WGIG
Content: Our contribution to the WGIG is now published on http://www.wgig.org/Comments-April.html. The secretariat will soon be reordering the comments they have received by entity (i.e. government, WSIS observers and other entities).

This text will be reopened for comments after its translation, by the end of April 2005, to prepare for prepcom 3, which will be mainly devoted to Internet governance. Posted: 2005-04-19.

Please note that the French and Spanish language sections of this website are still in the process of construction.

(This was the text of an e-mail). To see more, go to this WSIS-website.

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