as of 5 August 2013
|Name, country, institution
|Academic background / interest
|Humaid Al Basti, United Arab Emirates
Telecommunication Regulatory Authority
|Academic background: Humaid Al Basti holding Bachelor’s in e-Business management from Dubai Men’s College, United Arab Emirate (2012) and High school Diploma in General Business this included Economics, Finance and accounting. My job in the TRA mainly focuses in all aspects of Internet Governance and involvement with internet bodies such as IAB, ICANN, IETF, IRTF, IANA, IGF, ISOC etc.
Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I am very interested in participating in this program, hoping to expand my knowledge and visibility of global internet governance.
|Farzaneh Badii, Iran / Switzerland
|Caroline Burle dos Santos Guimaraes, Brazil
|Academic background: I am graduated in International Relations at Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP), in São Paulo, Brazil. I have a specialization degree in negotiations by Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), in São Paulo, Brazil. I am now a graduating student in International Relations at Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), through the Program San Tiago Dantas. I will have my master's degree in March, 2014.
Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I work at W3C Brazil Office, which is hosted by the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br) through the Brazilian Network Information Center (NIC.br). My daily job requires studies about Internet Governance. Furthermore, I am a graduating student at Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), and my master is about Open Government. The Summer School on Internet Governance would be a great opportunity to deepen my knowledge about Internet Governance and its related themes, as well as to have the opportunity to meet bright professors and students and to contribute to the debates.
|Steffen Calsow, Germany
|Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I am quite new to the whole topic of internet governance. As an employee of Dotversicherung-registry GmbH I am very interested in internet governance and all topics that are associated with it, especially new gtlds.
|Roger Caruth, St. Vincent and the Grenadines / United States of America
|Academic background: Dr. Caruth holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University (2012); a J.D. from Atlanta's John Marshall Law School (1999); and MPA and BA degrees from Clark Atlanta University. His undergraduate studies focused on mass communications and on international administration and development. His juris doctor emphasized law in entertainment, business and technology. He served as an adjunct assistant professor and lecturer at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, and at Queens College’s Department of Political Science – both institutions part of the City of University of New York. He also taught at Georgia Perimeter College’s Department of History and Political Science, where he taught courses in speech, group discussion, family business, public service, public administration, the judicial process, American government, politics, and media law. He recently completed a faculty internship at Frederick Community College through Howard’s Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program. I am interested in studying International Communications with a focus on the use of information communications technology (ICT) tools, e.g., social media, to improve the quality and standard of life of Caribbean communities in the region and abroad. Specific areas of research include: media policy, law, education, politics, health, economics, culture, agribusiness, tourism and hospitality,and energy development.
Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: Participation in the 2013 European Summer School on Internet Governance would provide me with an invaluable opportunity to grow academically, professionally and experientially in the field of Communications. My research interests center around examining how the power of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are impacting underrepresented communities in the United States and internationally, and more specifically, how these communities can use these technologies to effectively engage government about services and resources, seek employment opportunities, mobilize and advocate for common causes, and better utilize ICTs as a social integration tool. The Internet has transformed communications practices to allow for robust exchange between receiver and sender. The ICTs provide vital two-way communication tools that can supplement print, broadcast and Internet marketing and outreach campaigns by delivering information and providing the receiver with various ways to interact with that information. An April 2009 survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project showed 63 percent of adult Americans have broadband Internet connections versus more than 80 percent of Americans who have cell phones—and nearly 99 percent have access to at least one cell phone. For example, mobile devices are becoming more attractive than ever as cellular phones are quickly approaching 100% penetration among all demographics in domestic and international markets. ICTs are heavily used by underrepresented communities but attract significantly less attention of policy-makers and other stakeholders unlike its predecessor, the Internet. Studying issues surrounding the policy-level concerns that affect minority communities is integral to change and can positively impact these communities. 2013 European Summer School on Internet Governance will allow me to build upon my understanding of the law, politics, communications and business, enabling me to contribute to the telecommunications public policy arena pertaining to underrepresented communities domestically and internationally.
|Zuzana Duracinska, Czech Republic
|Academic background: I have started my studies of political science in 2008 and graduated in 2013. I got my Master degree in may 2013. I have finished my studies by diploma thesis of E-Government. For my comparative analysis I have chosen to compare level and development of E-Government in Slovakia, Czech republic and Estonia. I have done internship in Slovakia´s department of Information society in Ministry of Finances and later on in CZ.NIC - operator of the CZ top-level domain and provider of CZ.NIC-CSIRT team.
Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: As I have started working for CZ.NIC in january 2013 my interest for Internet development was rising. By getting involved in various CZ.NIC projects for development of public education in the area of Internet usage, I could have developed my interest and believe for unprecedent usage of Internet services for citizens. As a former political science student and starting member of CSIRT team I believe that scheduled program for EURO-SSIG 2013 will provide my very usefull informations for my further personal and professional development.
|Ekatarina Dureva, Bulgaria
|Academic background: My Bachelor's Degree is in Information Technologies, Technical University, Sofia, Bulgaria. I have graduated with Master's Degree in International Project Management from University of National and World Economy, Bulgaria.
Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I am interested in Internet governance issues since last year. Although I have participated in a few domain related meetings, my knowledge in this field is still poor. My currently position at UNICART, a member of the CORE Association, is Project Associate and I am responsible for maintenance of the domain registrar business unit - Regia.bg. I also participate and lead some of the company projects for new gTLDs. I am one of the co-organizers of the unique for the Balkan region event Domain Forum. I have participated in an ICANN working group – the GNSO Thick WHOIS PDP Drafting Team. I have a lot to learn. The participation in Euro-SSIG will expand my knowledge about Internet governance and infrastructure, as well as will enhance my technical skills in order to prepare other internet related projects.
|Shai Guttman, Belgium
ALDE Group / European Parliament
|Dixi Hawtin, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
|Arina Kamarudin, Malaysia
University of Southampton
|Academic background: LL.B (Hons); MCL, International Islamic University Malaysia,
Mphil/ PhD candidate, Univ. of Southampton.
Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I am currently investigating on the data privacy and security of electronic payment system in Malaysia. Since the law on personal data protection is relatively new in the country, I strongly feel that there is a need for a critical analysis on the adequacy of protection given by the government to consumers who opt for electronic payment system and this includes the protection for privacy of information given while using the system. Even though my initial research is on data protection, I believe that learning about internet governance will assist me in understanding the global world of internet, thus carving a better path for my research. Objectifying with internet governance will promote a better understanding towards some of the relevant issues pertaining to the current trend, the theme of the World Wide Web (www), what is lacking, the pattern and the similarities that a global scale brings to local regions i.e. North America, Europe, Asia etc. Furthermore, it is imperative that I sit for this summer school in order to strengthen my background knowledge on Internet & Communication Technology (ICT) since I do not come from that domain. Additionally, the overall technical setup or implementation for the usual electronic payment system (e-payment) involves numerous stakeholders and policy to begin which may include clients, banking system, third party authentication layer, Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS), SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), encryption method (public/private key, MD5 etc) and other Service Level Agreement (SLA) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) that the banking system has provided to further fortify the overall security towards the service rendered to it’s customers. I am particularly interested in cyber law because it is still at an infant stage in my country as we are still unable to reach to the point that we can pervasively talk about ethics and attitude revolving the cyber world. I am hoping that this research would serve as a catalyst towards an improved legal system for online users particularly in Malaysia if not the world. I would like to end this paragraph on the notion that some changes are better than none at all, and I truly believe that positive changes is good for all humanity.
|Lea Kaspar, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
In December 2012, I managed a grant aimed at assisting Global South civil society representatives to engage in the WCIT by funding their research efforts and their participation at the conference. I also had the opportunity to sit on a Mozilla Foundation grant-making group to secure additional funding for civil society. In Dubai, I acted as a focal point for a number of groups on the ground and facilitated information sharing between participants. Simultaneously, I have been actively participating in the consultation process with the UK government on internet governance issues and this March, I was invited to join the UK government’s multi-stakeholder Advisory Group on Internet Governance. My recently published report that maps upcoming internet governance debates and forums (http://global-partners.co.uk/?publications=internet-governance-mapping-the-battleground) was used as a background paper for framing the Advisory Group’s strategy on internet governance. Currently, I am finalising a research paper on perspectives of major Global South states on internet governance, which is aimed at improving policy-makers’ understanding of the changing geo-political environment. In the upcoming period, I will be participating in a number of IG-related conferences, including the WTPF, the WSIS Forum, and the Freedom Online Coalition annual Conference in Tunisia.
My approach to this field is influenced by globalisation studies and theories of international relations. In many ways, internet governance poses unprecedented challenges to traditional models of policy-making enshrined in the Westphalian system of sovereign states – and, depending on the outcomes of current debates, it could be a game-changer in the evolution of global governance. Should an appropriate multi-stakeholder model for addressing internet-related public policy issues be found, its transformative potential for representative democracy could be revolutionary. Being a part of this process is a rewarding experience, but also one that requires continuous research and reflection about its potential implications. This balance of theory and practice is difficult to attain during busy project periods, and I often find it challenging to grasp the full extent of the field I am working in.
I think I would particularly benefit from a better overview of the technical aspects of internet governance, a part of the internet regulation environment that I am least familiar with. Coming from a policy background, I am most interested in whether and how the multi-stakeholder model characteristic of governance of internet’s technical resources could now be applied to the field of internet-related public policy. In my work with governments and civil society, this is the most inquired about issue, but it is the one where no adequate solutions have yet been found. This program would be an invaluable opportunity to solidify my understanding of these issues, build a stronger theoretical rooting for the projects I develop, and give new quality to my work. In addition, I would be interested in meeting other people involved in this field, hearing their views, and sharing my ideas and experiences.
|Ines Kefel, Belgium
Institute for European Studies - Vrije Universiteit Brussel
|Academic background: I have a professional bachelor cum laude in Graphic and Digital Design at Artesis Hogeschool Antwerpen during which I did an exchange program for 6 months to The Hague University. In June, I will graduate as an academic bachelor in communication studies and as a Msc. Information Society & Globalization. Currently, I am combining dissertation-work with a research-internship at the Institute for European Studies (VUB), where I am doing research on Internet governance since September 2012 until July 2013. My research focuses on ICANN's GAC and ITU's PP's and the policy network around Belgian actors in Internet governance. I have a.o. performed expert interviews with people in the field of Internet governance (ICANN, CENTR, DNS.be, CEPT, Belgian federal dep. of Economy, DG Connect) At the IES I took part in an intensive three-day seminar on the institutions and decision-making processes of the EU.
Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I have knowledge about the Belgian policy network in Internet governance, however I want to know more about the international field, where I only focussed on the GAC and ITU PP's until now. I also want to have better insights in the current issues in the field and how this will evolve in the future. The field of Internet governance is a very exciting topic anno 2013-2020 and I think it might be bound to undergo some or many transformations in the future. I would like to meet people from diverse regions in the world, to discuss what their experiences are and have an insight in what their views are on current issues in Internet governance. This summer school is a wonderful opportunity to meet people from all over the world and have people-to-people debates and discussions. Reading about the topic in books and articles can be very enlightening; however in my opinion real-life exchange of views and experiences is exponentially more interesting.
|Narine Khachatryan, Armenia
Media Education Center
|Jarle Langeland, Norway
|Academic background: LLM. University of Oslo - thesis on data retention, Studies in political science, University of Oslo
Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: Internet governance is a highly interesting field which involves both, technology, law and multi-stakeholder policy making. I have been looking into courses in this area for some time, and are applying to this course to learn more about Internet Governance by the actors themselves. The EURO-SSIG seems like a great opportunity to get a thorough introduction to the area.
|Balbine Manga, Cameroon
|Academic background: Licence en Droit Prive, Université de Yaoundé 2, Cameroun
Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: l apply to the fellow programme to improve my knowledge in internet governance process. l am a lawyer interested by the ICT matters. l am collecting laws referring to ICT in my country and will like to do so with all the African legislation in ITC, l have attended a few IGF meeting, and l would like to know more about internet governance challenges and issues. l have put on a work group, with ICT technicians and law professionals and l am sure the fellowship programme will help me to get more knowledge and skills, that l will share with my colleagues of the working group. l have also joined the ISOC chapter of my country.
|Jackson Miake, Vanuatu
Office of the Government Chief Information Officer
|Academic background: Bachelor of Science (Computer Science).
Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I am interested to learn more about Internet Governance and organizations and entities that IG is associated to, to help our office participate in ITU meetings in the future with our contributions that make an impact especially on IG. Also it is a good opportunity to network with professionals in the field of IG, to explore, share and exchange knowledge for the development of internet in the Pacific region.
|Iheanyi Nwankwo, Nigeria
Institution for Legal Informatics, Leibniz University Hannover
|Academic background: LL.B Nig, LLM Hannover, Currently a PhD student
Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: My research is on legal aspect of cloud computing, which basically hinges on the use of the Internet. This programme will give me the background knowledge of the backbone of the cloud.
|Olha Luchka, Ukraine
Independent media trade union of Ukraine
|Andrii Paziuk, Ukraine
|Academic background: Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University, Kyiv, Ukraine
|Matthias Pfeiffer, Germany
|Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG:As the CTO of the .versicherung and .reise TLD Project i want to take a closer look to internet governance and how it works.
|Shawn Powers, United States of America
Georgia State University
|Academic background: Shawn Powers (Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2009) is an associate director at the Center for International Media Education and an assistant professor of communication at Georgia State University. Dr. Powers specializes in international political communication, with particular attention to the geopolitics of information and information technologies. He’s currently writing a book on the political economy of internet freedom. Dr. Powers and co-leads GSU’s study abroad program to Istanbul, Turkey titled, “Media, Journalism and Business in a Global Context.” Powers is also an occasional commentator for CNN International, The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, and National Public Radio. Previously, Powers co-directed the annual Annenberg-Oxford Summer Institute on Media, Policy and Law at Oxford University (UK) and was a visiting assistant professorship overseeing USC Annenberg’s London Program in conjunction with a research fellowship at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has traveled widely in the Middle East connecting to his own ethnographic and social scientific research as well as to the study of public diplomacy, and has received funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace and the U.S. Department of State.
Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I am currently completing a book manuscript, recently placed under contract with the University of Illinois Press, analyzing the political economy of internet freedom. The book’s working hypothesis suggests efforts to create a singular, universal internet built upon Western legal, political and social preferences alongside the promulgation of a universal human right to internet connectivity (Clinton 2010) are driven primarily by economic and geopolitical motivations. The Euro-SSIG program would provide me the opportunity to better understand the multi-layer, multi-stakeholder structure of internet governance. In particular, how the different actors and organizations interact, what their institutional missions and goals are, and the current controversies each faces are of tremendous interest to me. Moreover, additional detail regarding the technical standards involved in internet governance are of great interest, as one important aspect I am examining relates to the politics of design as it relates to the internet use and policy. The wide range of speakers from industry and the academy are terrific, and ideal for me to learn from and discourse with regarding my book project. I would be honored if admitted to join the program! Thank you, in advance, for your consideration.
|Gertrude Dora Osae Addo, Ghana
Internet Society Ghana Chapter
|Academic background: I am a holder of BSc. Computer Science and Statistics and an MSc Marketing Management (candidate) at the Ghana Institute of Management and Professional Administration, due to graduate in December 2013.
Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: The subject of Internet Governance is little known and among the politician and the ordinary citizen in Ghana. It is for this reason why majority of the signatories to the ITR Treaty in Dubai in 2012 were from developing countries including Ghana. My participation in the Euro-SSIG 2013 will equip me with the right skills and knowledge to enable me create awareness about the subject and also initiate train-the-trainer workshops through the ISOC Ghana Chapter where I am the Financial Controller to allow for the widespread understanding and awareness of issues relating to Internet Governance.
|Lenandlar Singh, Guyana
University of Guyana
|Oleksandr Tsaruk, Ukraine
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Committee on Informatization and Informational Technologies
|Patricia Vargas-Leon, Peru
School of Information Studies - Syracuse University
|Academic background: Patricia Vargas is currently a PhD candidate in the school of Information Studies at Syracuse University in New York. She has a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru with specialization in International Law and Law of the Sea, and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences with a focus in legal research from Syracuse University. Patricia practiced law for eight years in Peru and was also a consultant for the division of ocean affairs and law of the sea United Nations; her current research focuses on the area of information policies, with emphasis on Internet governance taking into account considerations on national security, civil liberties, and government attempts to "shut down" the Internet (“Internet kill switch”) and implement policies for the surveillance of social networks.
Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I would like to participate in the Euro-SSIG because I need more exposure and gain more knowledge about other aspects related to the Internet governance debate, other than the legal ones, such as political, economic, technical and social implications. Coming from a developing country (Peru) that is amending its telecommunications laws and increasing the broadband, the Internet is becoming in an important communication tool, which represents new challenges for the future. Since it is my interest to participate critically in the decisions of the government and contribute to the academic sector, I think the Euro-SSIG would offer to me the possibility of learning of the experience of countries and organization from whom the developing world could benefit when regulating the Internet. The situation in Latin America has become critical because countries’ opinions in Latin America about the new proposal for an RTA prepared for the ITU. For personal research purposes, my area of interest borders with issues like freedom of expression, privacy and network neutrality, all of them sensitive topics in the agenda of Latin American countries.
|Loreta Valeria Vioiu, Romania
Council of Europe