The Internet is a fundamental component of economic, social, and political life around the world. It currently connects more than three billion people, and it is estimated that 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020. The stable and flexible functioning of the Internet is becoming increasingly important for developed, emerging, and developing countries and their citizens. The governance of internet ecosystem has long been the concern of a selected group of stakeholders. But the number of interested parties, both state and non-state stakeholders, is increasing as global connectivity spreads. Internet Governance is a contested topic, where the Pakistan School on Internet Governance (PKSIG) will try to offer understanding, framing, and outlining actions to be taken in the current Internet governance environment. It will offer potential governance scenarios and analyse its international, regional, and national political, economic, and technical implications.
Pakistan School on Internet Governance (PKSIG) intends to serve participants from around the country through professional courses on the topic of Internet Governance. Additionally, building some expertise through the alumni of this school. The target is capacity building of Internet Governance leaders (organizers and speakers) who will then lead IG related discussions at national and regional level.
The PKSIG will help individuals from Pakistan to better understand the global and regional Internet Governance issues, settings, and processes, while gaining access to comprehensive and structured knowledge on various aspects of Internet Governance, and the actors, issues and settings surrounding it. The relevant global organizations like APNIC, ISOC and ICANN support such initiatives. According to their policy, they are committed to strengthen the understanding of Internet Governance within stakeholder groups.
The PKSIG2016 will offer a 4 days intensive learning course spanning several tracks. The course will cover the political, legal, economic, socio-cultural, technological and other dimensions of the Internet Governance (e.g. academia and research) within the context of the Pakistani national imperatives. The program is expected to carry theoretical sessions, role-plays, and participants engagement activities.
The target audience comprise of students, practitioners, researchers and professionals from the following sectors:
> Academia and Research
> Civil Society and NGOs
> Government and Public Sector
> Technical Community
> Private Sector and Business
Simple knowledge and understanding of the Internet is enough to attend this school.
The PKSIG program intends to continue community development by creating an alumni network and have students engage in relevant organizations like ICANN, ISOC, IGF, APrIGF and other relevant regional and national activities and fora. Those involved will ensure that the PKSIG program is rotated on yearly basis to various parts of the country.