The Internet is a fundamental component of economic, social, and political life around the world. It currently connects more than three billion people, and it is estimated that 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020. The stable and flexible functioning of the Internet is becoming increasingly important for developed, emerging, and developing countries and their citizens.
The governance of internet ecosystem has long been the concern of a selected group of stakeholders. But the number of interested parties, both state and non-state stakeholders, is increasing as global connectivity spreads.
Internet Governance is a contested topic, where the Pakistan School on Internet Governance (pkSIG) will try to offer understanding, framing, and outlining actions to be taken in the current Internet governance environment. It will offer potential governance scenarios and analyse its international, regional, and national political, economic, and technical implications.
The target audience comprises of students, practitioners, researchers and professionals from Academia and Research, Civil Society, NGOs, Public Sector, Technical Community, Private Sector, Business and Students. Interest and basic understanding of the Internet is the only requirement to attend the school.
Pakistan School on Internet Governance (pkSIG) was established to educate and encourage scholars, IT specialists, and professionals from different walks of life to discuss the complex nature of Internet governance (IG), legal and regulatory challenges, IG capacity building, infrastructure development and Internet public policy making.
pkSIG has conducted 7 editions at Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi, Quetta and Virtually from 2015 to 2021. More than ~600 students have been trained and more than ~25 fellowships awarded. More than 30 international and national speakers are part of pkSIG.
PKSig is organized by a group of volunteers called “Executive Council (EC)” with representations from various stakeholders. The secretariat is jointly managed by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Internet Society Islamabad Chapter, under the guidance of EC. Each school is held at a different location every year through the kind support by national and international sponsors.