We call for applications to participate in the 1st European Summer School on Internet Governance (SSIG), Meissen, July 30 – August 5, 2007.


Internet Governance was one of the most controversial issues during the negotiations of the  World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) between 2002 and 2005. based on the recommendations of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) the Tunis Summit of the WSIS adopted in November 2005 a political framework for Internet Governance, confirmed the role of the “Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers” (ICANN) as the organisation for the day-to-day operations of the management of the Internet core resources, convened an “Internet Governance Forum” (IGF) and launched a process on “enhanced cooperation“. The European Summer School on Internet Governance (SSIG) will help interested students and academicians as well as individuals working in the private sector or in government, to understand better the global Internet Governance controversy and to get a comprehensive and structured knowledge on the various aspects of Internet Governance.


The European Summer School on Internet Governance is organized by a consortium of European Universities and in close cooperation with the “Global Internet Governance Academic network” (GIGANET), Internet Governance Forum (IGF), UNESCO and the Diplo Foundation. It is supported by DENIC, the world largest ccTLD Registry.


The European Summer School on Internet Governance offers a one week course (40 hours) and covers the political, legal, economic, socio-cultural, technological and other dimensions of the governance of the Internet. Members of the faculty are outstanding international experts from Europe´s leading universities who have actively participated in the WSIS process, in the WGIG or in the IGF Advisory Group. Each academic lecture will be followed by a Q&A Session. There will be smaller workshops and round tables in the evening for interactive communication with faculty members and leading experts from governments and industry which will be invited for special presentations followed by a daily “Snacks & Wine” for informal interpersonal discussion. The Summer School is followed by an international academic symposium, August 4 – 5, 2007.


The Summer School will take place in the St. Afra Monastery of the “Evangelische Akademie”, a historic place, where the father of the German enlightenment, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, went to school. Meissen is a 1000 years old small city, famous for its “Meissen China”, its very dry white wine and its old fortress, gothic churches and historic wine cellars. It is 30 minutes train ride from Dresden Airport.


Please fill in the Application form