The need for the dynamic coalition

Meeting at 12 IGF, Geneva, 2017

Schools on Internet Governance (SIGs) have been around for over a decade. Having started with the European School on Internet Governance (EuroSSIG) in Meissen Germany, the schools have spread around the world. While some loosely followed the core based curriculum of the EuroSSIG, each of the schools has developed its curriculum based on its local needs as well as local availabilities. Some bring in international faculty, some prefer to restrict to local faculty.
Each of the schools has also developed its own method of funding as well as for selecting its students. Some teach at a basic level to students who have no experience with Internet governance, while others work with young professionals all of whom have some experience in Internet governance.
Though different in numerous ways, the SIGs all go under a similar name and have much to share with each other. There is no other forum where the SIGs can gather together and work on sharing techniques, curricula, and educational innovations. Forming the Dynamic Coalition creates a space where SIGs can work together, share, and improve the education offered by the schools. Creating a Dynamic Coalition may also help to create some degree of common framework that will help the consumers of the the SIG programs to understand what the schools can and cannot provide.
Find the session report from the GIP Digital Watch observatory.

An action plan

  • Develop a DC website containing general information (list of SIGs, members of the DC, contact, mission statement) – as an interim this can be on
  • Bring together the various SIGs to compare their curricula and the way they work. The models can be documented using common terminology, to be developed, that makes learning from each of models available to all who wish to start or improve a SIG.
  • Find commonalities that can be shared across the various programs.
  • Discuss whether there are any elements that are strict requirements for all SIGs? If there any document those in a consensus manner.
  • Work on sample curricula to help those schools that wish to establish a strong academic basis. Eventually introduce a level system (entry, advanced, specialised)
  • Look at models for teaching the various topics, including remote instruction, webinars and streamed content.
  • Look at models for introducing fellows at the schools to the workings of the multistakeholder model.
  • Investigate and develop models for funding schools around the world.
    Create a global database for: alumni, faculty, common teaching material

A mailing list

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The contact person(s)

  • Sandra Hoferichter, EuroSSIG (Civil society)
  • Avri Doria, SIG Faculty, Technicalities (Technical Community / Civil Society)

Founding of the DC SIG 2017 in Geneva.
Meeting of the DC SIG in 2017 at IGF in Geneva.

A list of representatives from at least three stakeholder groups

Civil society, academia:

  • Wolfgang Kleinwächter, SIG Founder and Prof. Emeritus University of Aarhus
  • Avri Doria, SIG Faculty, Technicalities
  • Anriette Esterhuysen, AfriSIG, Association for Progressive Communication
  • Sandra Hoferichter, Rainer Rodewald, EuroSSIG
  • Olga Cavalli, Adrián Carballo, ArgenSIG, South School on Internet Governance, University of Buenos Aires
  • Eduardo Díaz, North American School of Internet Governance (NASIG)
  • Sébastien Bachollet (end user), EFGI, Ecole Française de la Gouvernance de l’Internet (in project)
  • Satish Babu, APSIG, India SIG
  • Jacqueline Eggenschwiler, EuroSSIG alumna, University of Oxford
  • Lianna Galstyan, Armenian School on Internet Governance
  • Mary Uduma, Nigerian IGF / SIG
  • Amir Qayyum, PkSIG Faculty
  • Carolina Ines Aguerre

Business Sector:

  • Robert Pepper, Facebook
  • Keith Drazek, Verisign

Technical Community:

  • Jörg Schweiger, DENIC
  • Nigel Hickson, ICANN
  • Chris Buckridge, Marco Hogewoning, RIPE NCC
  • Hartmut Glaser, Brazil SIG,


  • Fiona Alexander, NTIA (USA)
  • Christina Arida, NTRA (Egypt)
  • Thomas Schneider, OFCOM Switzerland

more pending