The Eighth South School on Internet Governance SSIG 2016 Will be held in the OAS venue in Washington DC, USA, March 29 to April 1st, 2016.

The Eighth South School on Internet Governance (2016 SSIG) will take place from March 29 to April 1, 2016, at OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C., USA.

Call for participants to the 2016 SSIG will be open until January 4, 2015.

The main objective of the South School of Internet Governance is to train new thought leaders in all aspects related to Internet Governance from a global perspective, with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Over four days of intensive training, students will learn how the Internet is governed, with a special focus on topics related to freedom of expression and cybersecurity. Similarly, such topics as political, economic, social and legal implications on the Internet; the role of ICANN; the Internet Governance Forum; legal aspects of security and privacy, as well as freedom of expression, on the Internet; SMEs and e-commerce; new business opportunities; intellectual property protection; combating cybercrime; and the digital divide and its implications for Internet development and its future will be analyzed.

There are a limited number of grants for the 2016 SSIG; fellows will be selected taking into account professional background and gender, geographic and multi-stakeholder balance.

All candidates that are selected to participate in the South School on Internet Governance (SSIG) will have access to a certificate of attendance, academic material, as well as different cultural activities taking place in Washington, D.C.

Speakers Faculties SSIG 2016

William J. Drake

University of Zurich

Vinton G. Cerf

Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist Google

Veni Markovski

Vice-President, UN Engagement – ICANN

Vanessa Fusco Simoes

Prosecutor in the Attorney General’s Office of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Tracy F. Hackshaw

Technical Community Representative, Trinidad & Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group (TTMAG)

Theresa Swinehart

Senior Advisor to the President on Global Strategy at ICANN

Sergio Carrera

Executive Director, Infotec México

Samantha Demetriu

Vice President of Consulting & Strategy, FairWinds Partners

Ross LaJeunesse

Global Head of International Relations for Google


Vice President Cisco

Raquel Gatto

Regional Policy Advisor, ISOC

Pablo Rodriguez

Vice President Executive-NIC PUERTO RICO

Oscar Messano

Vice President LACNIC - President CCAT LAT

Olga Cavalli

Academic Director - South School on Internet Governance

Nélida Sifuentes Cueto


Natalija Gelvanovska

World Bank - ICT Division

Mike Mora

e-Government Specialist, OAS

Miguel A. Porrúa

E‐Government Lead Specialist, IFD/ICS Unit Inter‐American Development Bank (IDB)

Maryleana Méndez Jimenez

Member of the Telecommunication Council,

Mark Ryland


Mark Buell

Senior Communications Advisor for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA

Luca Belli

Senior Researcher at CTS/FGV

Lina Ornelas

Head of Public Pollicy and Government Affairs, Google

Leonardo Huertas Calle

CSA - Chief Security Ambassador

Lawrence E. Strickling

Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Kevin Martin

Vice President, Mobile and Global Access Policy - Faccebook

Kerry‐Ann Barrett

Inter‐American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE), OAS

Karla Georgina Tapia Reyes

Strategic Planning and Communications Manager, Infotec

Julio César Vega Gómez

General Director, AMIPCI

Jorge Navarro Isla

Counsel at San Martin y Pizarro Suarez, S.C Mexico

Jorge J. Vega-Iracelay

Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation - Mexico Office

John Curran

President and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

Jared Carlson

Director, Government and Industry Relations, at Ericsson

Ivan Sanchez Medina

Iván Sánchez Medina, Country Manager for Colombia - Ufinet

Gonzalo Navarro

CEO of the Asociación Latinoamericana de Internet ALAI

Ezequiel Sallis

Director in the FTI Technology

Elvana Thaçi

Head of Internet Standard-setting Unit, Media & Internet Division – Council of Europe Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law

Eduardo Santoyo

Vice President of Corporate and Institutional Affairs and ccTLD Manager of .CO

Eduardo Carozo Blumsztein

Commercial Manager, ITC/Antel Uruguay

Edison Lanza

Inter-american commission on human rights Special rapporteur for freedom of expression

Diego Molano Vega

Former ICT Minister of Colombia

Daniel Fink

Stakeholder Engagement, Sr Manager Brazil, ICANN

Daniel A. Sepulveda

Ambassador - Department of State United States Governmen

Cintya Martinez

President of the Mexican Internet Association

Christopher Painter

Coordinator for Cyber Issues

Christoph Steck

Director Public Policy & Internet at Telefonica

Chris Wilson

Vice President Goverment Affairs – 21ST Century Fox

Cheryl Soderstrom

Cybersecurity Chief Technologist, Americas Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services

Carmen Moreno Toscano

Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the Organization of American States (OAS)

Carlos Alvarez

Senior Manager Security, Stability and Resilience, ICANN

Byron Holland

President and Chief Executive Officer of CIRA

Bruno Ramos

Regional Director ITU Americas Regional Office

Belisario Contreras

, Cybersecurity Program Manager, Inter-American Committee against Terrorism, OAS

Alfredo Alejandro Reyes Krafft

Executive Vice-President, AMIPCI

Adrian Carballo

Institutional Relations Director - South School on Internet Governance

Abigail slater

VP Legal & Regulatory Policy, the Internet Association, Washington DC

Draft Agenda March 29 - April 1, 2016

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