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ENHANCING INTERNET DEMOCRACY THROUGH CYBERSECURITY EDUCATION (CYBERSECURITY TRAINING)"
rasp all the information presented, even if some of the topics are new to the target participants. They will learn real-world cybersecurity fundamentals to serve as the foundation for their career skills and knowledge for years to come. The planned event is scheduled to take place from March 18 to 19, 2021 with every stakeholder participating. There have been several meetings with stakeholders on various implementation strategies, the coordination, and alignment of these strategies have been encouraging, and the project is holistically branded with the involvement of all. Day one of the event will be conducted virtually on the zoom conference platform. The national cybersecurity education and training seminar are to offer an intensive learning progression or experience covering a wide range of topics on cybersecurity as in the attached agenda. We are also accepting speakers for topics marked as TBA. Please nominate and send us the name of a person or persons with credentials against any of the sessions. You can also nominate yourself if you have the credential to cover any of the sessions as well. Feel free to let us know. The registration to join the zoom meeting can be done here
2021 Board of Trustees Elections
The Internet Society serves a pivotal role in the world as a global leader on Internet policy, technical, economic, and social matters, and as a strong supporter of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Central to our success is the volunteer leadership provided by a dedicated and discerning Board of Trustees. We encourage qualified individuals to consider serving on the board. The Opportunity In 2021, the Internet Society’s Chapters will be asked to elect one member to the board, Organization Members will be asked to elect two members, and the IETF will be asked to appoint two members following the process documented in RFC 3677. One of the two Organization Member seats will include the usual three-year term of office. The other seat was recently filled on a temporary basis after the resignation of a Trustee originally elected for a three-year term in 2019. This seat will include a one-year term. The candidate in the Organization Members election who receives the highest weighted vote count will be seated for a full three-year term, and the candidate with the next highest weighted vote count will be seated for a one-year term. All successful candidates will be asked to participate in a board orientation program after the elections, and all will begin their terms on the board during the Annual General Meeting currently scheduled for July 31 – August 1, 2021.
Internet Hall of Fame
Thank you for your interest in submitting a nomination to the Internet Hall of Fame! If you know someone who should be honored for making groundbreaking contributions to the Internet, nominations are now open, and will remain open through April 23, 2021. Click on the button below to make a nomination, or review sample nomination forms in English, Spanish and French to learn more about eligibility criteria and nominee submission requirements.
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Internet Society Fundamentals for Chapters
Internet Society members are vital to carrying our message of an open, globally-connected, and secure Internet for all. Because members bring such great value, experience, and knowledge to our organization, we’ve designed a new training program just for them: The Internet Society Fundamentals program. The program was inspired by the great experience we had with 2020 Chapter training program as well as feedback on specific needs, requirements, challenges and the COVID-19 context. Internet Society Fundamentals aims to develop new community leaders equipped to tell data-driven stories about the Internet Society’s key projects. This will equip members to work with their Chapters to create local awareness, extending the reach of our work for an Internet as a force for good.
Early Career Fellowship
The Early Career Fellowship offers unparalleled access to world-class experts, including American University’s Professor Dr. Laura DeNardis and eminent scholars from the Oxford Internet Institute, as well as project management, advocacy and diplomacy know-how that will provide the foundation for the Fellows to become the future champions of the Internet. A cohort of 15 Fellows is selected twice a year to participate in the 24-week program. Fellows will be able to develop their knowledge and skills through seminars, events, courses, discussion sessions and project work. They will also have networking, mentoring, and collaboration opportunities. The program culminates in a final project presentation by each fellow at a closing symposium
Internet Society Fundamentals for Chapters
Internet Society members are vital to carrying our message of an open, globally-connected, and secure Internet for all. Because members bring such great value, experience, and knowledge to our organization, we’ve designed a new training program just for them: The Internet Society Fundamentals program. The program was inspired by the great experience we had with 2020 Chapter training program as well as feedback on specific needs, requirements, challenges and the COVID-19 context. Internet Society Fundamentals aims to develop new community leaders equipped to tell data-driven stories about the Internet Society’s key projects. This will equip members to work with their Chapters to create local awareness, extending the reach of our work for an Internet as a force for good.
ENHANCING INTERNET DEMOCRACY THROUGH CYBERSECURITY EDUCATION (CYBERSECURITY TRAINING)"
rasp all the information presented, even if some of the topics are new to the target participants. They will learn real-world cybersecurity fundamentals to serve as the foundation for their career skills and knowledge for years to come. The planned event is scheduled to take place from March 18 to 19, 2021 with every stakeholder participating. There have been several meetings with stakeholders on various implementation strategies, the coordination, and alignment of these strategies have been encouraging, and the project is holistically branded with the involvement of all. Day one of the event will be conducted virtually on the zoom conference platform. The national cybersecurity education and training seminar are to offer an intensive learning progression or experience covering a wide range of topics on cybersecurity as in the attached agenda. We are also accepting speakers for topics marked as TBA. Please nominate and send us the name of a person or persons with credentials against any of the sessions. You can also nominate yourself if you have the credential to cover any of the sessions as well. Feel free to let us know. The registration to join the zoom meeting can be done here
Cyber Security Seminar Webinar - Day 1
Cyber Security Education and Training Seminar The Internet Society Liberia Chapter in collaboration with the Liberia Telecommunication Authority and the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications pleased to request your institution delegates from your Information Technology (IT) Department to attend a Cybersecurity Education and Training Seminar that is slated for 18th – 19th March 2021, commencing at 9:00 A.M. The 18th will be conducted virtually on ZOOM. The registration can be done at https://internetsociety.org.lr/events, and 19th in-person at the Corina Hotel. It is observed that Liberia’s critical national Internet infrastructures and non-critical infrastructures depend on information networks for their operability. The ability to prevent effective cyber-attacks against a nation’s critical infrastructure depends on the availability of a skilled cyber-literate workforce, and therefore, on an educational system that can build such capabilities. This two days comprehensive cybersecurity training will cover everything from core terminology to how computers and networks function, security policies, cybersecurity strategy, risk management, a new way of looking at passwords, cryptographic principles, network attacks & malware, wireless security, firewalls, security technologies and tools, web, browser security, backups, virtual machines, and cloud security. As we all strive to make Liberia a Digital Economy with Telecommunications/ICT tools being the vehicle by which socio economic development is achieved, the importance of the Cybersecurity Education and Training cannot be over emphasized.
Cyber Security Seminar In-Person - Day 2
Cyber Security Education and Training Seminar The Internet Society Liberia Chapter in collaboration with the Liberia Telecommunication Authority and the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications pleased to request your institution delegates from your Information Technology (IT) Department to attend a Cybersecurity Education and Training Seminar that is slated for 18th – 19th March 2021, commencing at 9:00 A.M. The 18th will be conducted virtually on ZOOM. The registration can be done at https://internetsociety.org.lr/events, and 19th in-person at the Corina Hotel. It is observed that Liberia’s critical national Internet infrastructures and non-critical infrastructures depend on information networks for their operability. The ability to prevent effective cyber-attacks against a nation’s critical infrastructure depends on the availability of a skilled cyber-literate workforce, and therefore, on an educational system that can build such capabilities. This two days comprehensive cybersecurity training will cover everything from core terminology to how computers and networks function, security policies, cybersecurity strategy, risk management, a new way of looking at passwords, cryptographic principles, network attacks & malware, wireless security, firewalls, security technologies and tools, web, browser security, backups, virtual machines, and cloud security. As we all strive to make Liberia a Digital Economy with Telecommunications/ICT tools being the vehicle by which socio economic development is achieved, the importance of the Cybersecurity Education and Training cannot be over emphasized.
Sustainability and Strengthening of LIXPA

On March 3, 2015 the Internet Service Providers (ISP) and the Internet Society Liberia Chapter (ISOC) signed an Article of Incorporation and Peering Agreement for the establishment of Liberia Internet Exchange Point Association (LIXPA). (See attachment)

 

Engineers from all GSM companies and Cable Consortium of Liberia (CCL) were designated to work immediately and prepare for the IXP Hosting at CCL.  These engineers worked to understand Space requirement, size of rack, wiring, Backhauling, Minimum router spec and configuration. An IP address was attained from AFRINIC to host clients on the IXP.            

 

The Liberia internet Exchange Points was officially launched on August 6, 2015 with the Vice President of Liberia serving as key note speaker.  The program was graced by CEOs and DCEOs of GSM companies, Senators and Representatives committees on Telecommunications, Ministers of Post and Telecommunications and the Board of Commissioners of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority.

 

Since the Launching of the IXP, LIXPA have attracted other ISPs in and out of Liberia. By June 2018, search giant GOOGLE cached at the Liberia Internet Exchange Point. Some smaller ISP’s have also been attracted to LIXPA.

 

All peering parties and ISOC-     Liberia Chapter have signed a comprehensive By-law and Constitution to help with the management of LIXPA. (See attachment)

 

Top Object

Major objectives of LIXPA are:

Ø  The proper management of LIXPA through coordination and cooperation from all stakeholders in telecommunications sector of Liberia.

Ø  Raise additional revenues while simultaneously speeding local data exchange, and most importantly;

Ø  Encouraging the development of locally hosted content and services.

o   Locally hosted content and services cannot be developed in the absence of Liberia Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) (lr.).

o   Acquiring .lr domain name is a serious challenge which most local enterprises are not prepare to undergo thereby swaying to generic Domain Names. (.com, .net , .org)

Challenges

Major challenges facing LIXP are:

Ø  Getting peering parties to commit to resolving liabilities for the viability and sustainability of the IXP.

Ø  Getting peering parties key decision makers to attend meetings that would strengthen the management of the IXP.

Ø  Getting peering parties to agree to procure needed equipment for the betterment of the IXP. Ex. Stats Server for tracking user usage, and genuine Bandwidth Management tool which gives opportunity to monitor the peering switch traffic.

Ø  Content currently on the IXP is low or no existent.

Recommendation

Ø  Carrying out awareness on the importance of the IXP; there are limited or no awareness of an IXP in Liberia

Ø  Involve more key stakeholders

Ø  LIXP should have full time management staff (skeleton staff)

Ø  Regulator (LTA) should play more active role than monitoring to help enforcement the governance of the IXP.

Conclusion

LTA, the Regulatory Authority has been playing de-facto management role in the absence of a governance structure regarding LIXPA. With the By-law and Constitution which defines the management structure in place, the transitional plan is to transfer management responsibility to an interim management team.

The task of the interim team is to facilitate election among LIXPA among members. This exercise is expected to take place in the next four (4) months. Following that, LTA  will be playing only advisory role.

 

Induction Ceremony of LIXPA
The induction ceremony at Mamba Point Hotel of LIXPA was attended by the President of ISOC Liberia, making remarks, he emphasized on the need of low cost to internet to enable the connection of the unconnected. Liberia internet exchange point association (LIXPA) officials elected (MTN, chair, K3, vice chair, Powernet, SG, and Libtelco, Treasurer). Program marked the Certification & Induction of the newly elected Officials of the Liberia Internet Exchange Point Association (LIXPA). The program was hosted on November 19, 2020.

On March 3, 2015 the Internet Service Providers (ISP) and the Internet Society Liberia Chapter (ISOC) signed an Article of Incorporation and Peering Agreement for the establishment of Liberia Internet Exchange Point Association (LIXPA). (See attachment)

 

Engineers from all GSM companies and Cable Consortium of Liberia (CCL) were designated to work immediately and prepare for the IXP Hosting at CCL.  These engineers worked to understand Space requirement, size of rack, wiring, Backhauling, Minimum router spec and configuration. An IP address was attained from AFRINIC to host clients on the IXP.            

 

The Liberia internet Exchange Points was officially launched on August 6, 2015 with the Vice President of Liberia serving as key note speaker.  The program was graced by CEOs and DCEOs of GSM companies, Senators and Representatives committees on Telecommunications, Ministers of Post and Telecommunications and the Board of Commissioners of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority.

 

Since the Launching of the IXP, LIXPA have attracted other ISPs in and out of Liberia. By June 2018, search giant GOOGLE cached at the Liberia Internet Exchange Point. Some smaller ISP’s have also been attracted to LIXPA.

 

All peering parties and ISOC-     Liberia Chapter have signed a comprehensive By-law and Constitution to help with the management of LIXPA. (See attachment)

 

Top Object

Major objectives of LIXPA are:

Ø  The proper management of LIXPA through coordination and cooperation from all stakeholders in telecommunications sector of Liberia.

Ø  Raise additional revenues while simultaneously speeding local data exchange, and most importantly;

Ø  Encouraging the development of locally hosted content and services.

o   Locally hosted content and services cannot be developed in the absence of Liberia Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) (lr.).

o   Acquiring .lr domain name is a serious challenge which most local enterprises are not prepare to undergo thereby swaying to generic Domain Names. (.com, .net , .org)

Challenges

Major challenges facing LIXP are:

Ø  Getting peering parties to commit to resolving liabilities for the viability and sustainability of the IXP.

Ø  Getting peering parties key decision makers to attend meetings that would strengthen the management of the IXP.

Ø  Getting peering parties to agree to procure needed equipment for the betterment of the IXP. Ex. Stats Server for tracking user usage, and genuine Bandwidth Management tool which gives opportunity to monitor the peering switch traffic.

Ø  Content currently on the IXP is low or no existent.

Recommendation

Ø  Carrying out awareness on the importance of the IXP; there are limited or no awareness of an IXP in Liberia

Ø  Involve more key stakeholders

Ø  LIXP should have full time management staff (skeleton staff)

Ø  Regulator (LTA) should play more active role than monitoring to help enforcement the governance of the IXP.

Conclusion

LTA, the Regulatory Authority has been playing de-facto management role in the absence of a governance structure regarding LIXPA. With the By-law and Constitution which defines the management structure in place, the transitional plan is to transfer management responsibility to an interim management team.

The task of the interim team is to facilitate election among LIXPA among members. This exercise is expected to take place in the next four (4) months. Following that, LTA  will be playing only advisory role.

 

Induction Ceremony of LIXPA
The induction ceremony at Mamba Point Hotel of LIXPA was attended by the President of ISOC Liberia, making remarks, he emphasized on the need of low cost to internet to enable the connection of the unconnected. Liberia internet exchange point association (LIXPA) officials elected (MTN, chair, K3, vice chair, Powernet, SG, and Libtelco, Treasurer). Program marked the Certification & Induction of the newly elected Officials of the Liberia Internet Exchange Point Association (LIXPA). The program was hosted on November 19, 2020.
Internet School of Governance Webinar - Day 1
The Liberia National Internet Governance Forum will play a pivotal role in enhancing public participation in public policy development in Liberia. The National Internet Governance forum in many parts of the World has not only introduced new forms of ensuring public participation such as remote participation with the support of International organizations such as the Internet Society and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and numbers which have equally been embraced by the government, private sector, technical community academia and media, it has also built the capacity of many actors from diverse areas in the private sector, civil society, academia and the media on how to engage with other stakeholders in public policy development processes through a multi stakeholder approach. It is for this reason that the Liberia School of Internet Governance was conceptualized to bring new voices into the Internet Governance debate.
Internet School of Governance In-Person - Day 2
The Liberia National Internet Governance Forum will play a pivotal role in enhancing public participation in public policy development in Liberia. The National Internet Governance forum in many parts of the World has not only introduced new forms of ensuring public participation such as remote participation with the support of International organizations such as the Internet Society and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and numbers which have equally been embraced by the government, private sector, technical community academia and media, it has also built the capacity of many actors from diverse areas in the private sector, civil society, academia and the media on how to engage with other stakeholders in public policy development processes through a multi stakeholder approach. It is for this reason that the Liberia School of Internet Governance was conceptualized to bring new voices into the Internet Governance debate.