The Internet, with more than 3 billion users worldwide, is the most important infrastructure in the information age. It influences policies, economics and cultures global and local. Internet issues like security and stability, freedom of expression, privacy, eCommerce, new market opportunities, protection of intellectual property, cybercrime and cybersecurity, infrastructure development, digital divide, network neutrality, Internet of things etc. make its way into national and international political agendas. For some experts Internet Governance will become as important as climate change or energy today. Insofar it is only natural that the way how and by whom the Internet is governed, is a highly controversial issue in the diplomacy of the 21st century.

The European Summer School on Internet Governance (EuroSSIG) helps interested students and academics 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 offers annually (end of July) a one week academic course (48 hours). The course covers the political, legal, economic, socio-cultural, technological and other dimensions of the governance of the Internet. The course includes also practical oriented lectures covering the management of critical Internet resources as well as the development of the domain name market. Each academic lecture is followed by a Q&A Session. There are smaller more practical oriented workshops, round tables and case presentations as well as a fellows practicum. A social programme is designed for interactive communication among faculty and fellows. Fellows will get a “Certificate” for the successful participation in the Summer School.

Members of the faculty are outstanding international experts from the world leading universities and experienced manages from the Internet community who are active in WSIS, WGIG, IGF and ICANN.

The Summer School on Internet Governance is organized by the University of Aarhus and the Medienstadt Leipzig e.V., a recognized “At Large Structure” (ALS) under ICANN Bylaws. DENIC (.de) was crucial in launching EuroSSIG in 2007 and is its Golden Sponsor.

The EuroSSIG Programme Committee, composed by members of the faculty, sponsors and partners, is chaired by Wolfgang Kleinwächter, Professor for Internet Policy and Regulation at the Department for Media and Information Studies, University of Aarhus, a former member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance.

Background image by: Manfred Kloppert, Dresden