Students 2010

This is the final list of confirmed students for the EuroSSIG 2010.

(32 confirmed students as it stands on July 25, 2010)

Godfred Ahuma,
Internet Society - GhanaGodfred
Academic background:

Presbyterian University College 2003-2007
Bsc. Information and Communication Technology

ESI-INT. /George Washington University, March 1 – March 3, 2010
Project Risk Management

ESI-INT. /George Washington University, January 18 – January 20, 2010
Project Quality Management

USTTI/CISCO, October 26 – November 13, 2009
ISP Design Seminar and Backbone Routing Protocol Workshop

DiploFoundation, March 08 –December 08
Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme

World Bank/GIMPA, October 27 - 31, 2008
Workshop on Consultant Services

World Bank/GIMPA – July 7 – 25, 2008
Works Procurement Management Course

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I got involved in Internet Governance in 2008 through the DiploFoundation Internet Governance Capacity Programme. My active and successful participation was rewarded with an ITU/Canadian Government fellowship to attend my first IGF meeting, in Hyderabad, India in 2008. Since, my training I have been involved in the Internet Governance Process and activities Globally, Regionally and locally. My interests include Cybersecurity, Critical Information Infrastructure Protection and Internet Governance Capacity Building.

I am interested in participating at the Euro-SSIG because the structured programme provides an in-depth practical Knowledge in understanding the Internet Governance controversy to be able to contribute meaningfully to discussions and development efforts. I find the Euro-SSIG as an advanced study to my Diplo training.

Currently, I am the Membership Chair for Internet Society Ghana Chapter and working on outreach activities in major tertiary institutions in Ghana in introducing Internet Governance issues and ISOC chapter formations. Participating in this year’s Euro-SSIG will better position me in explaining Internet Governance to people I counter, contribute to global and national debates and policy discussions as well as Internet Development in the region.

As part of my activities in Internet Governance, I worked closely with AfriNIC in the organization of the 2nd West African Internet Governance Forum meeting in August 2009 where I delivered a presentation on Internet Governance Capacity Building for Africa. I am also a recipient of Internet Society’s 2009 Ambassadorship award to the IGF and Africa Network Information Center (AfriNIC) fellowship to AfriNIC-11 Public Policy meeting.

Yury Anikeev,
Moscow State University (MSU), Department of Journalism, Russiayury
Academic background:

Currently I'm a graduating student, my diploma was about content-management of educational web-portal. Also I've participated at TEDx 2009 conference with a report about internet addiction disorder.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: Because I'm working on many web-sites, and I've found many interesting topics in Euro-SSIG program, like workshops on cctld, gtld and role of ISP's. That will help me to understand the way how internet works globally better. And as a journalist I'm interested in understanding the concept of internet governance, because I'm going to write several articles about it.
Fouad Bajwa,
Member Multistakeholder Advisory Group IGF, Special Envoy (International & Inter-Agency Relationships) Gerry Morgan Foundation Pakistanfouad
Academic background:

Master of Computer Science

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in IT

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

ISOC-Next Generation Leaders Program -

2010 UNAPCICT-ToT "Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders” for National Training Institutes

DiploFoundation IGCBP'2006

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: Internet Governance has been a very core interest area of research and advocacy for me since my participation in WSIS 2005 Tunis and follow-up of the WGIG's activities and report as well as the WSIS Follow-up activities. This motivated me to qualify DiploFoundation's IGCBP'2006 Program and participate actively in the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus and represent the interest of the people of Pakistan and the global citizenry.

During this course of time I have been trying to understand what Internet Governance was and that it was not just about one issue and Governance encapsulated a number of cross-cutting issues and the field itself is still undergoing significant change and evolution that can only be understood through strategic engagement and continuous research efforts.

I have folllowed the EURO-SSIG since its inception with keen interest due to the fact that it is the only academic course out there in the IG capacity scene that takes into account the broader issues of Internet Governance including cross-cutting areas such as Internet policies, the history and present changing economics and cultures covering both the the global and local. Internet issues like development, security, stability, freedom of expression, privacy, eCommerce, new market opportunities, protection of IPR and cybercrime, infrastructure development, digital divide, network neutrality, the Internet of things. The course will also help me understand the context between national and international political agendas with regards to Internet policy making.

The course will help me understand Internet Governance issues in the broader and international context whereby I will be able to critically learn and understand the cross-cutting issues and apply my learnings within my interventions in my country Pakistan for improved IG practices/policy development as well on the global policy scene at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) as I am a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG).

I also believe that this course will help me pursue future endeavors in similar fields of academic research such as attempting a Ph.D in Governance with a special focus on Internet Governance and/or Governance of the Internet in the near future. The Euro-SSIG alumni network is also a very strong investment and I would like to be part this growing global intellect.
Suleman Bakhsh,
Telecommunication Regulatory Authority,
United Arab Emirates (UAE)suleman
Academic background:

Masters in Business Administration
Bachelor in Engineering

Please explain why you are interested to participate in the Euro-SSIG: Working at the TRA as a Senior ICT Analyst, we mainly focus on internet governace and internet advancement.
we have many initiatives in the UAE, we are invovled heavily in managing ICT projects and developing Policies and Regulations
related to ICT.
Pascal Bekono,
University of Yaoundé I Pascal
Academic background:

Actually student in Computer Sciences, University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon

Graduate in Computer Sciences, University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon

Graduate of the Diplofoundation’s Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme in 2008

Commonwealth IGF award for the participation to the IGF 2009 in Egypt. http://www.commonwealthigf.org/cms/index.php/travel-bursaries?start=2

Carnegie Mellon University (USA) scholarship for the International Conference on ICTD 2009 in Doha Qatar,

La Francophonie scholarship for the Youth Forum on ICT and Development 2007 in Geneva.

Coordinator of the national WSIS2005 youth campaign in partnership with TakingITGlobal organization.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: The Summer School on Internet Governance is a good opportunity for young people and others to learn about IG issues with experts. This programme is important for the youth generation because it allow us to have a better understanding of different challenges of the world on IG. The SSIG gives better tools to understand IG with experts and renowned professors who control participants during an entire week, provide better knowledge and explanation on different topics.
The SSIG is a unique way to have such opportunity to be supervised and taught. It’s also an opportunity to meet, work and discusses with others participants from different areas of studies and regions of the world, and will foster participants’ network for sharing information and best practices
Since the fact the Internet Governance is a topic always under development, I want to aware and more engaged.
This programme will enable me to be well informed and taught on IG issues. The programme will enable me to be more experimented, and I will be more engaged on IG forum in my country and abroad.
As a member of the Youth Coalition on Internet Governance and Cameroonian civil society on IG, I will have the opportunity to share contents of the program with many others during our meetings and through my report, if you allow it.
Luca Belli,
Université Panthéon Assas (Paris 2), Franceluca
Academic background:

February 2010: Phd in Public Lawat present ongoing at Université Panthéon Assas (Paris 2): « From the protection of the Intellectual Property to the Internet Governance in the Information Society »

October 2009: Law Master Degree (Laurea Specialistica in Giurisprudenza), earned at Università degli Studi di Torino, Score: 110/110

September 2008/June 2009: Erasmus program at Universidade Católica Portuguesa de Lisboa

October 2007: Law Bachleor (Laurea in Scienze Giuridiche), earned at Università degli Studi di Torino, Score: 97/110

July 2004: Secondary school focusing on science Diploma (Diploma di Maturità
Scientifica) earned at Liceo Scientifico Gino Segré Torino, Score: 83/100.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I am extremely interested on Internet Governance, its course of action and its actors because they represent the main topic of my thesis project. Therefore I hope that Euro-ssig could provide me a more complete understanding of the dynamics of this interesting research field. Furthermore, I think that the best consequence of this kind of experience is to create a network of people that share similar interests and will keep on exchanging opinions.
Katia Bodard,
ICC Belgiumkatia
Academic background:

Legal studies:

Master in civil & economic law

LLM in international and comparative law

East-European studies,

Teaching qualifications

Academic work & teaching & Business Communications studies

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: To refresh & deepen my knowledge of this topic which is useful for my current job at ICC Belgium. One of the core topics is internet related issues.
Olena Boltushkina,
European Media Platform,
Ukraineolena
Academic background:

Kyiv International University, Journalism, Specialist (1999–2004). I’ve upheld the coursework on Ukrainan media law and the degree thesis on political communications in Internet in Ukraine.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: Since 2002 I work as a journalist and editor for different Ukrainian Internet media. I participated in creating several Web media from scratch. Nowadays I am often invited to consult Ukrainian and international Internet projects on content strategies and organizational matters. Last autumn I initiated an Internet campaign against new Ukrainian law that violated human’s basic right for freedom of information flow without governmental intrusion. The protest was supported by Ukrainan Internet service providers, journalists and human rights organisations. Due to the common efforts the law was substantially mitigated, but still remains dangerous. So I seek for thorough knowledge on the subject of Internet governance to be more competent and helpful for Ukrainian Internet community.
Vanessa Cravo,
Ferderal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazilvanessa
Academic background:

Vanessa Copetti Cravo works as a telecommunication regulation expert at the Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel), in the regional office located at Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul State, since 2005, after graduating from Law School at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul State (UFRGS). In 2008 she finished a Public Law Specialization and she began her studies in Cyberlaw, which have reflected in her master dissertation theme’s choice for cybercrimes and international initiatives. During 2009 she completed DiploFoundation Internet Governance Capacity Building Program (Foundation, advance and research phases) and she was awarded a Fellowship to attend the IV IGF, held in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt. She has also joined some Brazilian delegations to ITU-D meetings (2009 and 2010). She is currently researching for her dissertation’s project and she is going to attend the V IGF in Vilnius, as an ISOC IGF Ambassador

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: She wants to participate at the Euro-SSIG to better understand and improve her knowledge about several IG topics, which are essential for her academic and professional activities, and to enjoy the collaborative and multistakeholder environment, which offers the possibility of exchanging experiences with all actors involved in IG (private, public, academia and civil society).
Regina Fuchsova,
EURid, Belgium
Academic background:

Regina Fuchsova holds a PhD in International Trade from the University of Economics in Prague.

Regina Fuchsová joined EURid in September 2007 as the Regional manager for Central Europe. Prior to that, she was Financial Manager at CESNET, the Czech national research and educational network. She has also a three-year experience in pre-accession Phare projects of the European Union.
Shahnaz Guliyeva,
Basel University, Switzerlandshahnaz
Academic background:

2009-2010 Europa Institut, University of Basel
Faculty: European Integration, MAS

2005-2007 Baku State University, Azerbaijan
Faculty:International Law, Master

1998-2002 Baku State University, Azerbaijan
Faculty: International Law, Bachelor

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: Before studying at the Basel University I was working in Telecommunication Company. By choosing the current University I wanted to get deep knowledge of EU policy, regulations, EU Institutions and especially ITU. My Major is International Business and I will narrow my specialization to Telecommunication sector. That is why I am interested in issue of Internet goverence, as I think the knowledge and experience that I will get during short but productive seminar will help me to apply my knowlegde in my country,the Azerbaijan Republic.
Elfa Yr Gylfadottir,
Ministry of Education, Science and Cultureelfa
Academic background:

MA in Communication, Culture and Technology, Georgetown University, Washington DC 2000

MA in Image Studies and Communication, University of Kent Canterbury, UK 1996

Diploma in Journalism, University of Iceland 1995

BA Degree in Comparative Literature, University of Iceland 1994

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: Since my MA degree from Georgetown University where I specialised in communication and telecommunication policy I have been interested in Internet and new media issues. I have been working since graduation with media policy as well as telecom issues both in the business sector and now for the government. As a Bureau member for the CDMC at the CoE I have been engaged with IG issues. My media and telecom policy background has been a great advantage in this regard but I feel that I would like to encrease my knowledge in the field. I believe that the summer course is an excellent way to do that.
Ivar Alberto Martins Hartmann,
ESADE Laureate International Universities, Porto Alegre, Brazilivar
Academic background:

I've done scholarship-funded research in the last years of Law School (fundamental rights and affirmative action) and started investigating cyberlaw in 2006. In 2007 I graduated with a final dissertation on 'Internet access as a fundamental right in the Brazilian constitutional order', which was published in the Brazilian Federal Government's Digital Inclusion Dept. (http://biblioteca.idbrasil.gov.br/publicacoes/teses-e-dissertacoes/o-acesso-a-internet-como-direito-fundamental), among other places. I them received a government research scholarship to pay for my LL.M. I finished it last December, Magna cum Laude. In 2009 I was granted a DAAD scholarship to attend the Munich University Summer Training in July. I took the opportunity in Germany to present a paper at a seminar (on Medical Law, organized by Prof. Jörg Neuner, Augsburg University) and perform independent research at the Munich and Augsburg University libraries, as well as at the Institut für Rechtsinformatik's library at the University of Hannover. My LL.M. thesis is entitled "e-codemocracy: The environmental state articulated in a network-state and the fundamental right to Internet access as elements of the procedural environmental protection in cyberspace" (http://tede.pucrs.br/tde_busca/arquivo.php?codArquivo=2605). It has been picked up by a major Brazilian Law books publisher and is due out next month. I wish to continue exploring the field of procedural environmental protection using cyberdemocracy in a future doctoral research. I'm currently teaching at the post-grad level at my alma mater and I'm an editorial consultant to one of Brazil's main law reviews (Brazilian Journal of Fundamental Rights and Justice). I'm also taking DIPLOFoundation's online course on Internet Governance to get closer to this field of research and public work.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I wish to continue doing research on environmental cyberdemocracy, but I realize the academic activities are but one aspect of the work we all have to endure to guarantee a neutral, safe and open Internet to all. We all have to play a part in politics, diplomacy and governmental work related to Internet Governance. I see the SSIG as an opportunity to learn, share the results of my research with others, make valuable contacts and start acquiring the skills needed to contribute to Internet Governance in my own country, both in academic life and in the government career I intend to pursue.
Xianhong Hu,
Assistant Programme Specialist
Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace
Communication and Information Sector
UNESCO, France
Academic background:

Xianhong Hu has a PhD in Communication studies from Peking University focused on the social implication of the Internet and digital divide. She was a research fellow for World Internet Project in China 2002-2006. She is a staff of UNESCO based in Paris, who started working on Internet governance and WSIS follow up since 2006.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I would like to get updates on all key issues of Internet governance and exchange with experts and participants of SSIG. I would also like share UNESCO’s activities of Internet governance and explore Intergovernmental organizations’ role in the process of internet governance.
Masa Kojic,
Faculty of Law, University of Novi Sad, Serbiamasa
Academic background:

I am final year student at the Faculty of Law, University of Novi Sad, Serbia. I will obtain my L.L.B by the end of the June 2010. During my studies I was involved in several projects. In November 2008 I finished the course "Paragraf Net', through which I gained the knowledge in the use of Serbian legal database. I was the member of the team (Serbia) which won the Telders Moot Court Competition in Hague 2009. In August 2009 I participated in The Eleventh Summer Session of Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law. In March 2010 I participated in 'Law and Sovereignty Conference', organized by
The Federalist Society and held in Vienna, Austria. I am a scholar of the Fund 'dr Zoran Djindjic' and WUS Austria and as their scholar I got a three month internship in the Institute of International Law and International Relations, University of Graz, Austria. During that internship I had been working on the Charter of Human Rights and Principles on the Internet with professor Wolfgang Benedek's supervising. Currently, I am participating in DiploFoundation Internet Governance Capacity Building programme, online course. As one of the best participants in this course, I got a scholarship to attend EuroDig 2010 meeting in Madrid. I am fluent in English and basic in German.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: During my internship in the Institute of International Law and International Relations and online course on Internet Governance I met for the first time with the issues such as Internet Governance and Human Rights on the Internet and after a short period of time I realized the importance of those issues for the modern world. Through this summer school I would like to deepen my knowledge about Internet Governance and one day to become an expert in that field. I am aware that the knowledge I already gained concerning Internet Governance is just basic, but enough to continue with education in that field. I believe that Euro-SSIG is the right opportunity for that.
Agnieszka Konkel,
Counsellor to the minister
Department of Information Society
Ministry of Interior and Administration, Polandagnieszka
Academic background:

My professional interest touch upon digital society and its development endeavours. Currently I work for the Ministry of Interior and Administration, where the coordination of preparations to the Polish Presidency of the EU in 2011 is my main activity. In the past, I was involved in ‘Global Libraries” programme of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Also, I had this opportunity to serve a traineeship with the European Commission.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: Speaking about Internet governance, I am a member of the High Level Group on Internet Governance (HLIG) of the European Commission which gives me a possibility to combine my professional interests with the academic ones. In 2009, with Richard Heeks from the University of Manchester, I had my article Challenging conventional views on mobile-telecommunications investment: evidence from conflict zones published in Development & Practice.
Andreas Kuehn,
Syracuse University, USAandreas
Academic Background:

I hold a Master's degree in Information Systems from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. The three years after my graduation, I was working at the Directorate General for Information Technology at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance in Vienna and subsequently, I was engaged as a junior researcher and project manager at the Swiss Competence Center for Public Management and E-Government in Bern. Since summer 2009, I am a PhD student at Syracuse University’s iSchool. Currently, I am working at the Swiss telecom regulator on broadband-related regulations.

Research Interests: My research interests lay in information policy and internet governance. I am in particular interested in privacy and data protection and how these notions are related to technological innovation seen from a STS perspective. Related to the privacy issues is my interest in internet freedom / internet bill of rights. Further, from my previous work on interoperability and standards in e-government, I would like to research these topics from a ICT policy point of view. Currently, I am working on DPI/ad injection and privacy-related issues. Participating at the EuroSSIG gives me the opportunity to discuss these issues with other international scholars from a Internet Governance perspective

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: Participating at the EURO-SSIG would provide me with the great opportunity to further explore the field of internet governance: Firstly, being exposed to experts in this field would further help me to identify interesting research questions and to set the general direction of my future research in my PhD studies. Secondly, I would have a chance to discuss our prospective findings on our ongoing DPI/ad injection research. Thirdly, meeting people from practice and science to learn more about current national and international internet governance issues as well as networking. Finally, I am glad to share my own experiences in (e-)government that are related to internet governance.
Chad Lubelsky,
Association for Progressive Communications, Canada
chad
Academic background:

I have a BA in communications (specialization in media studies) an MA in Electronic Communication and a second MA in Leadership

Please explain why you are interested to participate in the Euro-SSIG: I am interested in participating for the learning and the networking opportunities. I am relatively new to the field of IG and the curriculum of Euro-SSIG will help me gain a deeper understanding of the IG spaces, issues, actors and overall landscape. I will then take this learning and apply it to my work at the APC where I am responsible for increasing collaboration of civil society organizations working in IG and helping them increase their impact in IG policy spaces. Similarly, I am also interested in getting to know the faculty and students, understanding more about their work and exploring areas where our work and interests might intersect.
Victor Ndonnang,
NV Consulting / Isoc Cameroonvictor
Academic background:

1997: Degree in Mathematics and Physics

2001: Professional Diploma in Computer Science (Micro-Computer Maintenance and Networking)

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I am trying to set up the Cameroon Chapter of the Internet Society (http://www.isoc.org/isoc/chapters/list.php?status=F&view=&id=117#117).One of our main role is to educate and train Internet Users in my country Cameroon. This Summer School on Internet Governance would be very useful for me to form a strong and sustainable Isoc Chapter in Cameroon. I intend to replicate this training locally to consolidate the secure development of Internet in Cameroon and Central Africa. I'm also participating actively in putting in place a central Africa IGF and this course will be very helpful for this job.
Gorka Orueta,
University of the Basque Countrygorka
Academic background:

My area of research is directed toward the impact of new technologies in international relations, with special emphasis on the digital divide and international regimes arising out of the global spread of Internet.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I believe that the issues to be discussed at the summer school will extend my research perspective. As I mentioned in the other box, I'm working on the impact of ICT in international relations and particularly on the model of the international regime is building for Internet governance. I believe that the resulting governance system can serve as a model for the various regimes that are created in the international society of the 21st century.
Elina Praakel,
University of Essex/University of Trier,
Estoniaelina_0
Academic background:

I have been studying European Studies with German at the University of Essex in Southeast England for the last two years and I am now studying a year in Germany, doing my Erasmus at the University of Trier in Rheinland-Pfalz. My main subject of study is Politics with a course more towards European Politics. I have graduated the first and the second years of study with a distinction.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I am very much interested because of the increasing influence the internet has on politics and our lives in general. Moreover there is a threat of a cyber warfare which is becoming more and more realistic nowadays. Becoming from Estonia, from a country which used internet voting as the first country in the world, internet here is regarded as a human right. Thus I would be keen to get new knowledge on the interconnectednes Internet has and shares with Governance.
Roxana Georgiana Radu,
Central European Universityroxana
Academic background:

2008 – 2010 Central European University (Budapest, Hungary)
2-year Master’s Program in Political Science

Certificate of Specialization in Political Research Methodology and Social Analysis
Expected graduation: June 2010

1 March – 28 May 2010 European Capacity Development Programme in Internet Governance 2010, online course organized by DiploFoundation (Malta), Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Jan 2010–present Project coordinator and researcher at the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) at Central European University, Budapest
Project: European Science Foundation (ESF) Strategic Workshop on Europe and the Global Information Society Revisited: Developing a Network of Scholars and Agenda for Social Science Research on “Cyber security”, organized by the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) at the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), in partnership with the Centre for Global Communications Studies at the Annenberg School of Communications (Philadelphia, USA)


2006 – 2007 University of Bologna (Forli Campus, Italy)
Erasmus Exchange Student in Political Science and International Relations

2005 – 2008 University of Bucharest (Romania)
Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (in English). Completed with honors.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: What determined me to apply for this program is, in the first place, my will to learn, to discover and understand as much as possible about the complex world I am part of. At present, I am enrolled in a 2-year Master’s degree at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. My major is Political
Science and my MA thesis focuses on E-government implementation and participatory democracy initiatives in the European Union. One of the individual studies I carried out resulted in a publication of the government-led opportunities for civic engagement on the ministerial websites of education in the 27 EU countries. During the past two years, I have become interested in e-democracy, internet governance, global digital divide, as well as civic knowledge databases (forthcoming book chapters for Springer and IGI Global). Each of these subfields addresses concerns about security and privacy protection and I would be extremely interested learning more about this related aspects, as it would complement my academic interests and would give me the opportunity to get into contact with professionals with a similar interest.
Maja Rakovic,
Ministry of Culture of Serbiamaja
Academic background:

1999 - BA/MA in Literature, Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, Serbia

2002 - MA in Journalism, University of Westminster, London, UK (Chevening scholar)

- currently PhD candidate in Media policy, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I would like to broaden my knowledge on IG issues and believe that Euro-SSIG is the right opportunity for that. As a media policy adviser at the Ministry of Culture of Serbia and Serbian representative in the Steering Committee on the Media and new Communication Services of the Council of Europe and the Committee of Experts on New Media, in my daily work I am involved in some of the IG issues and would like to learn more about different aspects of Internet governance. My interest in Internet governance has been mostly triggered by Diplo Foundation (last year I participated at the Diplo’s European Capacity Development Programme on Internet Governance). Since last year I have been also involved in EuroDIG and will in many ways be involved in organizing the next EuroDIG in Belgrade. So, these are just some of the many reasons for my interest in this summer school.
Cristiana Sappa,
Università di Torino, Italy
cristiana
Academic background:

Dr. Cristiana Sappa holds a PhD in Intellectual Property Law in both France and Italy. She is currently researching on the intersection between competition law, intellectual property law (IP), public sector information (PSI) and cultural institutions data.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: She is very eager to attend Euro-SSIG because she is currently researching on the following questions: how cultural institutions answer to the citizens needs in the current information society? And therefore what are the cultural institutions current interests, but also what are the citizens and the market interests and how are they protected?
In order to answer to these question it is essential to understand how IP is driving Internet governance; and how PSI is driving and could drive Internet governance; and yet what is the right balance between IP and PSI in order to have a suitable internet governance?
Lucia Sblendorio,
Barzanò & Zanardo Rome S.p.A., Italy
luica
Academic background:

June 2006 - March 2007:
Master of Laws (LL. M.) in Intellectual Property

Organizing Institutions: University of Torino - Faculty of Law, the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization and the WIPO Worldwide Academy
(Info: http://www.turin-ip.com/ )

November 1996 – April 2002:
Università degli Studi di Bari, Italy
Faculty of Law;
Dissertation title: ‘Antitrust and New economy: the Microsoft case”
Mark: 110/110 (cum laude)

September 1991-July 1996:
Liceo Classico, ‘V. Orazio Flacco’ - Bari
Mark: 58/60

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: What I like in the proposed programme is the balance between theoretical and practical aspects of the subject matter. I presently work in the private sector (for a company specialized in IP matters) where I manage with different aspects related to the protection of IP rights on the web; every day we deal with new problems connected with the web and I believe tht the programme can give me an opportunity to better face Internet’s challenge.
Carsten Schiefner,
Denic
Svetlana Silaeva,
University Moscow state Institute of International Relations affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (MGIMO) svetlana
Academic background:

Diploma with honours of the Faculty of International Economic Relations, MGIMO University (Master of Economics, major in IT)

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: As for me, I am an economist in the sphere of International Economic Relations, major in Information Technologies. That is why I am really interested in IT and Internet particularly. In my thesis I have raised the issue of digital divide in South Africa. Taking into consideration my Bachelor's final coursepaper, it is devoted to the issues of Intellectual Property regulation by WTO. Me personally, I would like some essential alterations to be made in Russia to solve Internet issues. And this is the reason why I am interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: to gain some very useful experience in the field of Internet Governance and then to implement it in my country.
Valery Trufanau,
International Humanitarian Economic Institute, Belarusvalery
Academic background:

International Humanitarian Economic Institute
Diploma of Specialist in International Relations and foreign policy (expected 30 June 2010)

Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskola
Jönköping, The Open Society Summer Course (2009)

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: After graduation in summer 2010, I’m going to start MA of Contemporary European Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. I've chosen internet security and governance as my key competence area. So I extremely want and need to attend the SSIG.
Tan Yaling,
CNNIC, Chinatan
Academic background:

I'm now doing doctoral research at CNNIC, which is under the umbrella of Chinese Acadamy of Sciences. CNNIC is a non-profit academic insititution, running .CN domain names for the public interest in China.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: Internet Governance have caught my attention and I myself representing CNNIC participated in many a international conferences on Internet Governance, besides, IG has been a hot topic back in China. So I'd like to enrol in the SSIG to learn more IG from the community.
Anita van de Kar-Bache,
Council of Europe, Franceanita
Academic background:

1989- 1990 University of Poitiers (F) Postdoctorate degree (DEA) Social law

1986-1990 University of Nijmegen (NL) Master’s Degree in Law (Doctoraal II, Nederlands Recht)

1980-1982 University of Liège, Postdoctorate degree “Agrégation” in philosophy and literature

1976-1980 University of Liège (B) Master’s Degree in Romanic Philology

Professional experiences:

2007-current Administrator in the Media and Information Society Division, DG of Human Rights and Legal Affairs CoE

2004-2006 Head of the Prosecutor and Police Unit, Department of Crime Problems, DG 1 of Legal Affairs, CoE

2003-2004 Administrator in the Task Force on terrorism, DG 1 CoE

1999-2003 Administrator in the Division of Penology and Criminology of the Directorate of Legal Affairs, CoE

1994-1999 Programme adviser in the Directorate of Legal Affairs CoE

1993-1994 Programme adviser in the Directorate of Education Culture and Sport (DECS), CoE

1992-1993 Analyst in the Directorate of Human Rights, Social Charter, Council of Europe

1990-1991 Guest Professor in comparative social law at the University of Poitiers
Chair in comparative social protection systems, social policy. Research in comparative law (social law, criminal law and landlaw)

1981-1986 Teacher in French and Spanish language and literature in secondary and adult education, free-lance translator.
Xiaodong Xu,
University of Umea Swedenxiaodong
Academic background:

08/2009-07/2011 Umea University, Sweden,
Master Program in Finance

08/2010-01/2011, will go to study at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic as Erusmus exchange student.

08/2006-06/2009
Mälardalen University, Sweden, Master Degree Program of Mathematics with specialization in Analytical Finance

01/2008-07/2008
The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in Canada as exchange student.

07/2007-08/2007
Helsinki School of Economics as exchange student in summer school

09/1998-07/2002
Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, undergraduate study majored in Industrial Automation

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I am Xiaodong Xu, a Chinese national now doing the Master of Finance program at University of Umea in Sweden. Before this program, I also studied another master program in Sweden and also did exchange studies in Canada and Finland, this fall I will do another exchange study at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. I am very much interested in EURO-SSIG for the following reasons.
1. Academic Reason. I did several internet governance related courses in Sweden, China and Canada and will probably do another one in Czech Republic this fall. I found it is quite obvioius that different countries have different policies towards internt governance related issues. Even in the very developped and open countries like Canada and Sweden, their policies also have some clear differences. I hope to take the course to know whether there might be a common global policy on internet governance which can be used in every single countries in the world. 2. Reasons of having Chinese nationality. I am from China. I noticed that in terms of many internet goverance issues, China has very different perspectives compared with developped countries. Recently, Google stopped their business of information searching in China due to the conflicts with Chinese goverment in terms of different understandings of internet governance regulations and implementations. I believe this might be discussed during this EURO-SSIG in 2010 as a case study for the participants. I hope to take this chance to have some discussions with other classmates and also the professors on this issues to try to sort out what could be done by Google and also the Chinese goverment to avoid the happenings of similar cases in China. 3. Practical reason. Because I am doing the Master of Finance, I am paying a lot attendtion to the Internet governance on e-commerce and also the e-finance and I would also like to write my Master thesis in this area of e-commerce and e-finance. I hope I can get some useful ideas from other friends during the summer school. I hope that I can be accepted to the Euro-SSIG 2010 with the support of global fellowship. I believe by doing this summer school of IG, I can not only countribute my ideas of different issues of IG, but also get some suggestions on my future master thesis related to the E-Commerce or E-Finance.
Elena Zinovieva,
Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO)
Faculty of Political Science, Department of world politics, instructor, Russia
Academic background:

2007 –2009: Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO), Faculty of political science; full-time post-graduate student (winner of the contest of rector-sponsored grants). These: “Role of international organizations and inst itutions in the formation of internet governance regime”.

2002 –2007: Saint-Petersburg State University, School of international relations; specialization: Applied computer science in the humanitarian area (sphere of application – international relations), diploma with honours

2006 – 2007: Saint-Petersburg State University, Faculty of Philology; specialization: interpreter in the sphere of professional communication (English language)

2005 –2006: Warsaw University, Institute of international relations; specialization: international relations and world economy, certificate with honours.

Please explain why you are interested to participate at the Euro-SSIG: I 'd like to attend this Summer school because this would be a great possibility to enrich my knowledge in the field of internet governance, get acquainted with the practice of lecturing on the topic by the leading specialists and scientists working in the field, and to share the knowledge I have with other students and professors.

Publications:

• Protection of intellectual property in Russia: international law perspectives // Russia in the global politics, 2002
• “ICANN – interconnection of political and technological aspects” // “ICT in politics –collection of papers”, Moscow, 2008
• “Internet governance and Russian national interests” // “ICT in politics – collection of papers”, Moscow, 2008
• Analyzing internet governance using the internat ional regime theory // Collected articles of the RISA 2008 RISA Convention. Moscow, 2009
• Information and communication technologies: global risks or global possibilities? // chapter in the manual “Global problems of the modern world”. Moscow, 2009
• “Internationalization of the internet governance - will US loose the battle?” // “US and Canada: economy, policy, culture”, #3, 2009
• “Internet governance and Russian foreign policy” // “International trends”, #2, 2009x “Internet governance: new models of participation of nongovernmental organizations” // “Collection of papers of postgraduate students”, MGIMO, 2009
• “Evolution of the World Wide Web”// Innovative trends in the contemporary international relations. / Ed. By Krutskih A., Biryukov A. Moscow: Aspect Press, 2010.
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