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Q3: Education activities

ISOC currently sponsors many educational efforts. These include regional conferences, focused workshops, and conferences shared with other organizations. It also partially funds chapter projects, which host a large amount of local discussion and education.

What educational requirements do you think are important for ISOC to address? How would you recommend addressing them?

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6 Responses to “Q3: Education activities”

  1. Comment by: Desiree Miloshevic   
    March 23rd, 2007 at 11:07 am

    It is important that ISOC focuses on less-developed parts of the world and provides educational programs that match the needs of each region, such as integrating policy and hands-on training in an appropriate mix. This means that in addition to continuing to support educational efforts of regional conferences and workshops, educational programs need to be tailored differently by working closely with chapters and other stakeholders.

  2. Comment by: Alejandro Pisanty   
    March 25th, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    ISOC continues to be viewed as the expected source of knowledge from the basics of the Internet to the most recent technological, societal, and political implications of the Internet’s deployment.

    Therefore ISOC must update and distribute its basic materials about how the Internet works, review the IETF Journal to make it useful for a broader community (maybe by providing a more-frequent or more-lightweight set of briefings between issues, complemented with podcasts and other modern e-publishing techniques), translate some key materials from or to Chapters, and interact more strongly with educational institutions. Some specific budgeting will be required.

    Definitely ISOC must prove its belief on the value of the Internet by engaging in serious e-learning activities to scale up the value, scope and reach of its educational activities. Online learning, video- and audioconferencing, podcasts, etc. are indispensable and can be produced by Chapters, organizational members, or alliances among both, as well as in collaboration with educational institutions. These products can be re-used by Chapters, schools, universities, and companies. Alliances should be forged between ISOC and initiatives such as the MIT’s Open Knowledge Initiative. ISOC must conduct an effort to identify the URLs/URIs for valuable educational materials that already exist online, and create bibliographies/Webographies that members and others can use to educate themselves or others. This can be a very budget-efficient way to expand the educational effort in many languages and involve Chapters at a scale at which they can be most effective.

    The funding of Chapter projects should continue, possibly with a review of three or five years of evolution to determine possible improvements and changes in funding levels.

  3. Comment by: Amitabh Singhal   
    March 28th, 2007 at 4:59 am

    Couple of immediate educational requirements could be to focus around the implementation of IPV6, as well as the significance of regionally localised focus on IDNs. The third ofcource would be Security. Considering that 32 bit addressing schemes are still being widely debated (at least amongst those countries that have yet to adopt it – which would mean most of the world :-) , there is a sense of uncertainity especially from the commercial angle on the needs and benefits of doing so. If this continues, we may have a situation where few regions move ahead and most remain laggards – widespread education therefore is quite essential to correct the course before it’s too late. similarly from the developing world point of view, setting up and support to local IDN groups has to be another focus area, or less we risk increasing marginalisation of diverse languages from the internet eco-system.
    Edcuational efforts on security related matters is on an even keel, considering that most marketing and information campaigns are quite widespread, since the commercial benefits for solutions providers are clearly on a high growth curve. Essentially, therefore, a developed and continuosly evolving market system in security and related products and services is already present. That, i think is also a lesson on what education objective should aim for in other sphere such as IPV6, IDNs, etc.

  4. Comment by: Patrick Vande Walle   
    March 29th, 2007 at 12:40 am

    I would suggest first to review what we are currently doing, sometimes out of habit, to see if it is still relevant or adapted to the current needs.

    ccTLD workshops now ought to include DNSSEC and IDN, for example. Other workshops on issues such as spam may be relevant, too. This could be done on a larger scale because the intended audience is much broader than ccTLD workshops. In that sense, interactive, self-teaching material could be in cooperation with our organizational members and widely distributed.

  5. Comment by: Olivier Muron   
    April 2nd, 2007 at 9:20 am

    ISOC has a long history of very efficient education programs, aiming to provide technological information to individuals and organizations and assistance with Internet deployment. These actions have been an very important lever for the development of Internet in developing countries and regions and should expand in the coming years.

    I also fully support the proposed focus on the relation between technology and economic development, for the benefit of the developing world. I also support the priority given on providing education to policy decision makers on issues shaping the future of the Internet.

  6. Comment by: Charles Mok   
    April 28th, 2007 at 4:28 am

    I do not believe ISOC has done enough in all the regions of the world in this regard of educational efforts. I do not believe ISOC needs to be engaged overly in educational activities that are covered by the commercial sectors or local education institutions. However, it is important for ISOC to cover more on regional or international policy matters, including, for example, Internet governance on the community, local or regional public administration level. There is a void in this area I believe, leading to many problems with governance in the Internet community at the local levels. ISOC should have a role, the responsibilities and abilities to assist in this area.

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