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2003 ICT Policy Training Program Budapest

Date: June 06, 2003

Cybercrime Organised by The Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research www.stanhopecentre.org in co-operation with the Open Society Institute and the Markle Foundation With a special emphasis on public interest advocacy, this ten-day program on information and communications technologies (ICT) offers participants the chance to engage in the global ICT policy debate from a European perspective, with sessions taught by European and international experts. The 25 selected participants will receive a full-tuition fellowship to cover the cost of the training program, travel to and from Budapest, and room and board.


During this ten-day program participants will learn to build skills in developing and advocating ICT policy in their home countries and the region. The program has a focus on European policies, and a comparative approach to assessing national, regional and global policy agendas is central to the curriculum. Issues dealt with include ICT infrastructure (telecom liberalization and spectrum management/wireless), civil liberties (privacy and freedom of expression), and intellectual property - all in the context of how decisions are made and how public interest advocates can participate in policy making processes. For further information about the training program please visit www.stanhopecentre.org/ict.


In selecting applicants, the selection committee will look for participants with a legal background and/or basic understanding of ICT policy issues. Applications are sought from advanced law students, practicing lawyers, and other individuals who show a strong demonstrable interest in public interest advocacy of the ICT sector. Preference will be given to applicants representing civil society and academia. Applicants must convey how their background (academic and professional) relates to ICT policy advocacy and why they want to receive policy training in this sector. Applications will be judged on how applicants convey their motivation, future plans, and overall interest in ICT policy advocacy. Applicants considered will be from: The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro, and Turkey. The organizers are willing to admit a few exceptionally strong candidates from Central Asia and the Caucasus.


The 2003 ICT Policy Training Program builds on a summer school in 2002 at Oxford University (at the Program in Comparative Media Law and Policy) for media lawyers and law professionals in the Balkans and southern Caucasus. The organizer of the 2003 Training Program will be the Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research through its Hungarian Office, located at Budapest's Eotvos Lor and University, in conjunction with the Markle Foundation and the Open Society Institute.


For the application form go to www.stanhopecentre.org/ict or email sabbott@stanhopecentre.org to request one. Applications are due by 16 June 2003, and should be sent via email to:

Susan Abbott, Research and Program coordinator, Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy research, sabbott@stanhopecentre.org. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance on/around 1 July 2003

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