It is our pleasure to announce the launch of the 6th edition of the Middle East and Adjoining Countries School on Internet Governance (MEAC-SIG).  The school will take place on 8-12 July 2019 in Rabat, Morocco.
Hosted by The National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT) of Morocco, and jointly organised by the Arab World Internet Institute, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet Governance Project at Georgia Tech, the Internet Society, and RIPE NCC, and supported by the Public Interest Registry, MEAC-SIG is a unique 5-day intensive programme that aims at informing and strengthening the regional Internet community and ensuring effective participation in national, regional, and global Internet Governance fora.
The MEAC-SIG faculty includes experts from academia, civil society, business, the technical community, and government stakeholder groups.

About the 2019 Local Host

The National Telecommunication Regulatory Agency (ANRT) was created in 1997, in order to develop and enhance the telecommunications sector in the Kingdom of Morocco.
The ANRT is in charge, especially, to prepare and implement procedures for issuing telecom licenses, grant authorization for establishing telecommunications networks, receive declarations for selling the value-added services, promote generalization of access to the telecommunications services, resorb digital dividend, develop high-speed access and universal service access to telecoms services.
The ANRT is also in charge to propose to the government a legal framework related to the use of the domain name of internet “dot ma” referred as “.ma” and “.المغرب”, that allows to identify the internet address related to the national territory, to grant domain name and to propose technical and commercial management rules.. More information can be found here.

2019 Fellows Biographies

Amira Mahmoud is a journalist, who is passionate about democracy, human rights, and internet governance. She works for Opera News which belongs to Opera browser. She got web development diploma at ITI Egypt and associate of media at The United State 2019.
Amira participated in a program on internet governance in the MENA region. As one of the program’s top alumni, she received a fellowship to attend the Igmena Summit in Tunis in September of 2016. She also took part in the ICANN59 meeting in Johannesburg- South Africa within NextGen program then she was selected as ambassador in the ICANN62 meeting in Panama. Besides she participated in African School on Internet Governance, Africa IGF, and North Africa IGF 2017. She is a member at ISOC Egypt and MEAC Strategy Working Group (MEAC-SWG).

Ahmed Medien is an Operations Researcher, Chevening scholar and a graduate of the University of Strathclyde. His research interests cover freedom of speech online and on social networks and its effect on democratic participation in which internet governance is immensely important. Internet governance plays a major role in regulating the space for and practice of fundamental freedoms such as the freedom of expression and freedom of enterprise. Ahmed is a member of advocacy networks such as Global Voices Online, Hacks/Hackers and the Credibility Coalition His previous work spans from community development, media, supporting decentralisation and effective governance in Tunisia to e-commerce and venture creation in Africa and the Middle East. Ahmed is a successful entrepreneur who launched two VC-backed internet startups in the Middle East.

Cheikh Ould El Mabrouk Ould Boubey works in Nouakchott Port as a Computer science Engineer. H’s also a member of Mauritanian chapter of Internet Society and Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Nouakchott Al-Aasriya. Cheikh realized projects information technology and published papers of communication. He has a strong background in the technical aspects of Internet protocols, enterprise networks protocols and overall network design in general. Cheikh represented his chapter in many workshops and International conferences. He participated in many training seminars online for example Internet Governance by DiploFundation and he was certified by Internet Society as moderator online course Shaping the Internet history and futures.

Dima is a lawyer and the MENA Policy Associate at Access Now. She works closely with the Policy team conducting policy analysis and promoting human rights activism on the internet in the MENA through studying various legislations that affect fundamental rights such as free speech, the right to privacy, access to information and others.
Before joining Access Now, Dima served as a legal researcher at the International Commission of Jurists in Tunisia, assisting in organizing capacity building conferences targeting judges and lawyers from the MENA region as well as drafting legal reports on freedom of expression and human rights. Most recently, she completed a fellowship at King’s College London, where she researched the political participation of Palestinian women and the impact of freedom of expression in strengthening their role in the political process. In 2015, she earned her Bachelor’s of Law from the University of
An-Najah, Palestine.

Engr. Muhammad Farhan Khan is the General Secretary of Internet Society Pakistan Islamabad Chapter. He is currently working as Assistant Divisional Engineer at National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC), Ministry Of IT & Telecommunication, Government Of Pakistan. He has over 8 Year Of Industrial, Teaching And Research Experience in Telecommunications in Public And Private Sector. Previously he has served as Assistant Manager at Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), Researcher at Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan and Research Officer at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia, Visiting faculty member at PMAS- Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, Pakistan and International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan. He has authored 14+ International Scientific Publications. He is a member of Pakistan Engineering Council, Internet Society, IEEE and Board of Studies / Advisory board, HITEC University, Pakistan He is currently pursuing PhD in Telecom Engineering and holds a Master’s Degree in Telecom Engineering as well as Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering.

Dr Ryma Abassi received her PhD in ICT from SUPCOM in 2010 and is currently an Assistant Professor at ISETCOM and the Associate Director of the Institute, too. She is also a member of the “Digital Security” research lab at SUP’COM, Tunisia.
Dr Ryma Abassi obtained the SSHN grant two times in 2014 and 2017 and was a visiting professor at University of Limoges, France.
In 2017, Dr Ryma Abassi received the prestigious Fulbright visiting scholar at Tufts University, MA, USA. Her current researches are focusing on cybersecurity, MANET/VANET security, trust management, security protocols validation, IoT security, artificial intelligence, etc. She has more than 50 publications in impacted journals and classified conferences and is currently co-supervising four PhD students. In 2018, Dr Abassi edited her first book entitled “Security Frameworks in Contemporary Electronic Government” and the second “Artificial Intelligence and Security Challenges in Emerging Networks” was published in January 2019.

Souad Abidi is a Global Business Institute alumna in 2017, at Kelly School of Business Indiana University, USA. In 2018, She had the chance to participate in Spark Ventures program about leadership in El Gouna , Egypt. Souad is an AFRINIC-29 Fellow in Tunisia, In November 2018, which is a one-week meeting in el Hammamat, Tunisia, where they learned developing policy and strengthening connections with fellows/ delegates from around the world concerned about the African Internet Ecosystem. In her full time, Souad is a computer science student in the Higher School of Computer Science ESI-Algiers, in the 4th year engineer’s degree, and now she is looking to take her career to the next level in the Internet field. Souad is currently Youth IGF ambassador of Algeria, where they organize several events per year their objectives is to address public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance to contribute to the viability, robustness, security, stability, and development of the Internet. they aim also to facilitate the dialogue between the bodies dealing with different international multi-sector public policies concerning the Internet and to discuss matters which are not within the competence of an already existing body.

Sara Mohammed Abd alrahim is from Khartoum, Sudan where she works as a full stack web developer at telecommunications and Post Regulatory Authority she is a leader of electronic services project to automat the services in her organisation as part of Sudan e-goverment project .also Sara has many certificates, she is certified IPv6 Engineer and Ethical Hacker, and she has substantial experience with different Linux distributions and virtualization technologies because she is a certified Red Hat System Administration, in her local society Sara is a member in Sudan Internet Society and she participated in capacity building project .In her spare time, Sara enjoys reading books and novels.

Zahir Qasrawi, an information security professional, board member of ISOC-Palestine chapter and representative of the ISOC-Palestine chapter in Chapters Advisory Council (ChAC), has a B.Sc. majored in Electrical Engineering (minor in communication systems & computer networks), and he also has M.Sc. in Scientific Computing from Birzeit University in Palestine. Qasrawi has several certificates and training in computer networks and security, such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).In the last 15 years, Qasrawi has worked as a computer networks engineer and information technology manager in different public and private sectors organizations. In 2019, he was one of the team leaders of ISOC-Palestine Beyond the Net Grant project, which was recognized as WSIS Prize 2019 champion in Category 5 “Building confidence and security in the use of ICT”