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ISOC Next Generation Leaders Programme

The Internet Society (ISOC) is happy to announce a new programme beginning in 2010: the ISOC Next Generation Leaders (NGL) programme. The NGL was officially launched 6 October 2009 at a youth forum lunch during the ITU Telecom World week in Geneva.  The programme is aimed at emerging talents across the globe, between the ages of 20 and 40, and is a unique blend of coursework and practical experience to help prepare young professionals from around the world to become the next generation of Internet technology, policy, and business leaders.

Programme entrants will complete a tailored eLearning course, covering the essential topics required for effective interactions and relationships within the Internet ecosystem, as well as key concepts and emerging issues in Internet governance.  They will be encouraged to apply for the Internet Society’s representation programmes, such as ISOC Ambassadorships to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the World Bank, and OECD, and the ISOC Fellowship to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

At the end of the programme, all Next Generation Leaders programme graduates will be invited to submit a proposal for a project focused on an Internet development issue within their own communities. Of those, three projects will be chosen and the respective project leaders will be invited to Geneva for a final, one-week course in Internet diplomacy.  The three project leaders will be recognized as the Next Generation Leaders programme laureates, rewarded with special opportunities to network with some of the Internet’s most respected leaders and to participate in special leadership events, and they may be encouraged to start new Internet Society Chapters in their communities.

More information on the programme can be found at There is an e-brochure available for download on the site in the 5 official UN languages.

**You may sign up to receive periodic information on the NGL by visiting the programme site and clicking on “Candidates: Register for NGL Information.”

We will be sharing application details for the eLearning component through the sign up information list in the coming months.

If you have any questions or comments about the Next Generation Leaders programme, please contact

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