Author: Maryam Dodhy
Higher Education Commission (HEC) is all set to launch Pakistan School on Internet Governance (pkSIG), with an inaugral four-day workshop to be held from 5 – 8 October. The workshop is being organized in partnership with Asia-Pacific Network Internet Centre (APNIC), Internet Society (ISoc) and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
The governance of our ecosystem has long been the concern of a selected group of stakeholders. Internet Governance is a contested topic, where the Pakistan School on Internet Governance (pkSIG) will try to offer understanding, framing, and actions to be taken in this Internet governance environment. At this point it should be mentioned that Pakistan is the first SAARC country to embrace e-governance and recently 13 of our ministries upgraded to the e-governance model.
The main aim of pkSIG is to provide a comprehensive course that will cover political, legal, economic, socio-cultural, technological and other dimensions of Internet Governance within the context of Pakistan’s national objectives. 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 the various aspects of Internet Governance, and the actors, issues and settings surrounding it.
The workshop will offer potential governance scenarios and analyze its international, regional, and national political, economical, and technical implications and a complete history of the Internet starting from the early days. Speakers will try to highlight various topics like social media, local content and other relevant modern internet topics.