Enhancing capacities in international Internet governance
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in partnership with DiploFoundation strengthened the capacities of the ITU membership in the field of international Internet governance. A workshop, hosted by the National Telecommunications Agency of Brazil (ANATEL), took place in Brasilia, Brazil, from 14 to 16 August 2017.
- Capacity-building is part of ITU's mandate and ITU plays a leading role in the training of strengthening capacities in international Internet governance. The training encompassed nine different sessions addressing relevant Internet governance issues: digital policy priorities, key guiding principles that shape Internet governance, digital transformation, human rights and democracy, the concept of multi-stakeholder governance, the importance of policies to tackle problems, the critical needs of ICT infrastructure development, connectivity, Internet of Things and emerging challenges. The training put an emphasis on the catalytic role of ICTs as a powerful enabler to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Fifty-five participants benefited from the capacity training. This included attendees from Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Paraguay and Trinidad Tobago. Participants engaged in capacity-building activities on global ICT policy, with special focus on improving developing countries' participation in the existing Internet governance institutions, and other issues related to the improvement of ICT infrastructure, services and regulations.
As a result of this training for capacity development, participants acquired a broad knowledge, and captured some of the important facets of Internet governance. These included governance models of Internet names, numbers and standards, and important cybersecurity topics, such as critical information infrastructure protection and how to counter cybercrime. The course also covered digital business models for economic growth and the use of big data for development. It taught participants how to develop legal instruments and how their role in Internet governance such as international agreements, national laws, private contracts can play a significant role to fast forward development.
This training, offered under the umbrella of the ITU Academy, highlighted key priority areas and needs for capacity development in Internet governance in the region.
As we live in today's digital world which is becoming more connected, building both human and institutional capacity in international Internet governance is critical to builde more inclusive digital societies.
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