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Q4: Education activities

ISOC currently sponsors many educational efforts. These include regional conferences, focused workshops, and conferences shared with other organizations.

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

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7 Responses to “Q4: Education activities”

  1. Comment by: Eva Frolich   
    March 9th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I think the need for education is different depending on country and part of the world.

    If the educational program adress “white spots” existing where the program take place it´s likely to reach success.

  2. Comment by: Eduardo Diaz   
    March 12th, 2010 at 4:28 am

    [EN] Transition from Ipv4 to Ipv6 and the hot issues being discussed in the Internet Governance Forum — the awareness and knowledge should be widely disseminated.  

    In terms of public policy, chapter members will benefit from education and toolkits to enable them to influence and establish public policy in their respective countries that is in accordance with ISOC’s mission.

    Regional Managers should play a key role through their regions.


    [ES] La transición de IPv4 a IPv6 y los temas más candentes que se discuten en el foro del ‘Internet Governace’ – este conocimiento debe ser ampliamente difundido.

    En términos de política pública, miembros de los capítulos se beneficiarán de la educación y kits de herramientas que les permitirian influir y establecer políticas públicas en sus respectivos países en conformidad con la misión de ISOC.

    Los gerentes regionales deben desempeñar un papel fundamental a través de sus regiones.

  3. Comment by: Michael Nelson   
    March 13th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    I believe that the Internet Society needs to focus at least as much attention on informal education as structured formal education and training. In most countries, there are many vendors eager to provide technical training on how to use their hardware and software. (The Cisco Academies are one of the highest profile examples.) On the other hand, there is a clearly a need to help thought leaders, policy makers, the press, and the general public understand how the Internet works, how it is evolving, and what might be possible in the future. The Internet Society can help bridge the gap between the technical community and the general public by explaining in layman’s terms topics such as Internet security, IPv6, and the potential of broadband. This can be done by writing short white papers, by identifying and highlighting work done by other groups, by running training sessions or holding INET meetings, by using Skype or conference calls to brief key opinion leaders, and by supporting the efforts of ISOC chapters to organize events and be clearinghouses on information about the Internet at the local level.

  4. Comment by: narelle clark   
    March 15th, 2010 at 2:19 am

    ISOC’s educational activities are fundamental to its existence, relevance and importance.

    Open standards are nothing without informed participants. Good governance is impossible without informed citizens and governments.

    ISOC should be commended for the diverse range of approaches to education, and this must continue.

  5. Comment by: Leonard St-Aubin   
    March 18th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    ISOC’s educational activities should focus on its core competencies: technical standards, policy and governance. These correspond well to the educational requirements for an informed and participating global Internet user base. Of course, educational needs vary across communities and regions. But ISOC can deliver authoritative and unbiased information in each of these three core competencies.
    To complement its current activities, and increase its outreach, ISOC might want to consider working with its regional bureaus to develop regional and local awareness-building conferences that draw attention to the issues in which ISOC is engaged. Such conferences may serve as a spring-board for follow-up educational seminars and workshops. They could be organized in association with local Internet authorities that share ISOC’s values to assist in generating public awareness and participation.

  6. Comment by: Lawrence Lessig   
    April 1st, 2010 at 8:09 am

    ISOC should be educating in way and in places that the market and governments don’t adequately educate now. We need to make the fundamental architectural commitments of the Internet clear, and make clear the importance of preserving these, despite the need to integrate new, critical functionality.

  7. Comment by: Richard Woundy   
    April 5th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I think all candidates would agree that educational activities are critical to fulfilling the mission of ISOC, particularly if these educational activities are consistent with ISOC’s mission (“the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet”), and aligned with ISOC’s strategic objectives.

    Attendees will have different objectives for different educational opportunities. Some attendees want to know what is happening at the frontiers of technology and policy debates. Some are looking for practical advice about technology deployment and public policy ‘best practices’ (and separate from vendor webinars and training sessions). Some attend just to see what is going on in ISOC, see who is involved, and perhaps raise other topics of interest. In fact, this third group is the sign of a healthy organization, where members are attending because they support the broader ISOC mission, not just the educational topic at hand. The third group is also likely to be a key motivator for an active local chapter.

    ISOC currently has many educational and professional development venues: NDSS Symposiums, the proposed Internet Technology Development Roadshow, IETF panels, and INET conferences.

    I would like to see ISOC promote more educational opportunities at the chapter level, perhaps at a more basic level than the current INET conferences. One idea would be for chapters to host workshops on practical issues in IPv6 and DNSSEC deployment; ISOC has previously sponsored ccTLD workshops so this is not new. Chapters may reach out to local experts to speak, or non-local experts can participate by video conferencing. ISOC even has some experience in supplying the infrastructure for such events, through its ‘Workshop Resource Centre’.

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