Introduction to Internet Governance


Glenn McKnight


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Internet Governance Series

Course Description 

The Internet Governance Series is a self paced, free online course, organized into pillars/issues based topics. The learner can pick and chose their  specific topic of interest. The Internet Ecosystem is onerous and covers a wide range of topics from economic opportunities to cybersecurity, from open access and freedom of speech to net neutrality, all with its own dialogue and debates.  This course will covers the range of topics as an introduction to the overall issues. Our aim is to provide a birds-eye view of the Internet Ecosystem so that  learners can pick and choice the topic of specific  interest for them, giving the learner the option to do a deep dive into their preferred topics of interest or gloss over the topics.

The material is organized starting with the technical and Infrastructure sections  providing the nuts and bolts on how the Internet works. The  sections on economic, development, social and cultural,  and legal provide the perspective  from the various disciplines providing their specific interest as to how the Internet operates.  The final section is focuses on the key actors starting with Civil Society and  ICANN who provide different roles and responsibilities to the smooth operation of the Internet.  The various Appendices  are valuable resources for ongoing learning  include glossaries, ICANN terms, slideshow, bibliographies and more. 

It's important to note that the resource will continue to add more content and information to suit the needs of the community. 

Please check out the WHATS NEW  section as new content is added


  A  ICANN terms and jargon and a generic  Internet glossary is provided

Learning Objectives

The objective of this course is to help participant understand the complexity of the Internet. By the end of the course participant will be aware of the the various stakeholders in the Internet Ecosystem and better understand how they can get involved and make their voices heard.  

The core areas for discussion include:


Target Audience

The core target group is IEEE members and IEEE Young Professionals. Other target groups include the ICANN community, ISOC members and Schools of Governance,



 AtLarge Community 


  Internet Society of Canada Chapter 




IGF Internet Governance Forum 


IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent) Data Literacy Programmes 

Course Duration 

The course is self paced which means learners can go at their own pace and at their own free time. No time restrictions.  Quizzes and assignments will be added over time.

Training Content 

The content includes the following:

  • Videos
  • Presentations
  • Audio recordings
  • Webinars
  • Slideshows
  • Glossaries, 
  • Bibliographies and other Resources

Availability of Certificate

Not Applicable


About the  Producer


Glenn McKnight is the producer of the Internet Governance Series.  He is a member of IEEE, IEEE Smart Village Technical Committee, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance committee and the Chair of  ICANN- NARALO  which is the North American AtLarge Organization with ICANN.  He is also the co-founder of the Internet Society of Canada.  Glenn has participated in many IEEE Humanitarian Conferences as a videographer, photographer, as well as hosting community events funded by IEEE Canada Foundation, IEEE SIGHT, and the IEEE Toronto Section.

More information available at  ICANNWIKI



We would like to thank the IEEE Foundation for their generous support for the project and all the  individuals  who shared their knowledge and time to provide video content to the series   A special acknowledgement to the DIPLO Foundation for their excellence work to inspire the focus of  the body of work. More information at

To be kept up to date visit the DIPLO  YOUTUBE Channel on Monthly updates on Internet Governance 

We also recommend signup for  the IEEE  Internet Technology Policy @  Collabratec

The Internet Technology Policy (ITP) Community provides a platform for connecting technology and policy experts (engineers, scientists, industry leaders, policy makers, and others), to discuss and address technology policy issues related to Internet governance, cybersecurity, and privacy. As an active member of the community you will have access to resources and information, and will dialogue with experts working on Internet technology and public policy, to inform the debate and policy decisions and to help ensure trustworthy technology solutions and best practices.


A special thanks to all those individuals who provided their encouragement and critical feedback on the series, noteworthy are   Joan Kerr, Professor Alfredo Calderon, Maureen Hilyard,  Marita Moll and others. 




Course content

  • Section One: What is  Internet Governance

  • Section Two: Technical

  • Section Three: Infrastructure

  • Section Four: Economic

  • Section Five: Development

  • Section Six: Social and Cultural

  • Section Seven: Legal

  • Section Eight Civil Society

  • Section Nine: ICANN

  • Appendix One: Organizations

  • Appendix Two: Glossary

  • Appendix Three: Resources

  • Appendix Four: Technical Slideshows

  • Appendix  Five: Infrastructure Slideshows

  • Appendix Six: Economic Issues Slideshows

  • Appendix Seven: Development Slideshows

  • Appendix Eight: Social and Cultural Slideshows

  • Appendix  Nine: Legal Slideshows

  • Appendix Ten: Civil Society Slideshows

  • Appendix Eleven ICANN Slideshows

  • Appendix Twelve: Thought Leaders

  • Appendix Thirteen: Internet Governance Twitter Feed

  • Appendix Fourteen: Calendar Events

  • Appendix  Fifteen: ICANN Terms and Jargon

  • Appendix  Sixteen: Twitter Hash Tags

  • Appendix  Seventeen: Continuing  Education

  • Whats New

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