The significant role of and impact that the Internet has on social, educational, cultural, legal, economic, and political aspects of society around the world are evident in the development of the Balkan countries in particular as well. Given the record participation at major Internet governance (IG) events in Europe and at the global level, there is a significant lack of the Balkan community’s participation.
Disproportion representation between Balkan and other European countries is also evident, as the attendance statistics of the past 11 years of the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) demonstrate, for instance. This leads to significant consequences such as the lack of substantive participation in bottom-up IG processes and disengagement in building the program of major IG events (e.g. no or very few workshop proposal submissions, very low number of participants in situ or online, lack of good practice examples from the region, little sharing of challenges in the region, etc.).
This is due to several factors:
- Lack of awareness;
- Lack of information;
- Funding and access issues.
The BSIG Fellowship is able to offer full funding for participation thanks to the financial support of the Institutional Partner, Council of Europe, and the support of ISOC, RIPE NCC, EURid, and DiploFoundation.
The BSIG programme aims to build and strengthen capacity among stakeholders involved in Internet policy-making, with individuals holding existing expertise or those individuals working in IG-related fields in their respective countries in order to provide them with the knowledge and skills needed for effective and quality participation in different Internet policy spaces as well as various IG events and processes at the national, regional, and global levels.
The call is directed to any individual, from the target countries listed below, who are currently engaged and/or have an interest in Internet governance-related fields, and belong to any of the following communities:
- Academia (including graduate students);
- Business/private sector;
- Civil society;
- Media & journalism;
- Technical community.
The BSIG funding is open for countries that belong to the geographically determined Balkan region (in alphabetical order): Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia FYR, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.
Thanks to institutional support provided by the Council of Europe, fellows, once selected, will benefit from full funding for participation, which includes:
- Travel arrangements (roundtrip ticket);
- Hotel accommodation with full board;
- Local transportation to the venue;
- BSIG social events.
The funding does not include/cover:
- Per diems or stipend;
- Local transportation in your respective country;
- Potential visa fees, or any other additional costs.
Please note that once selected, you will be responsible for covering the cost of your travel and health insurance, and required to send the scan of it to the organiser within the deadline.
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