Organization of American States Department of<br />Human Development
ICT Policymaking and Cyber Security



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ICT Policymaking and Cybersecurity”


1. Study venue: United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI), 1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 702, Washington, DC 20036, United States of America

2. Offered by: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and USTTI under the auspices of the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI),
Regional Training Center of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL).

3. Coordinator: James O’Connor, USTTI Curriculum Coordinator, Email: Phone: (202) 785-7373, Fax: (202) 785 1930

4. Modality: On site

5. Start and end dates: July 19 – 23, 2010

6. Course duration: One week

7. Language: English

8. Objectives: This course examines Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy approaches taking into consideration some of the key international policy issues and debates going on today around the world. This is a hands-on class where students will interact with instructors who are actively participating in a variety of international organizations (e.g., ITU, APEC, CITEL, ITSO, ICANN and OECD). Participants will work together through roundtable discussions and through activities designed to provide an operational and practical perspective for some of the critical policy issues being discussed in international for a today.

The course will focus on the cooperative roles of government and industry engaged in building cybersecurity awareness and capacity at the national level. The United States, in coordination with the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Development Sector (ITU-D), has identified a five-point Framework for National Cyber security Efforts to assist policymakers raise awareness of cyber security and build cyber security capacity in their countries. The parts of the Framework include: 1) formulating a national strategy for cyber security, 2) building national government-industry partnerships, 3) deterring cyber crime, 4) setting up national incident management organizations, and 5) fostering a national culture of cyber security. To raise Cyber security Awareness, on the first day of the course, instructors from NTIA, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission will address sections of the Framework relevant to each agency's expertise.

After the first day of Cyber security Awareness Raising, the course will address Cyber security Capacity Building, and will outline the steps that countries should consider taking to build capacity. The primary focus will be on formulating a national strategy for cyber security, including specific steps supported by references to international documents and activities that will provide guidance for policymakers. In addition, course participants will learn about the major ITU facilitating tools: the Framework for National Cyber security Efforts (the Framework); the Report on Best Practices for a National Approach to Cyber security (Best Practices Report): A Management Framework for Organizing National Cyber security Efforts; and the Cyber security Self-Assessment Tool. These tools were first presented by the United States at an ITU-D annual meeting in Geneva in September 2007. International cyber security efforts underway by the U.S. and other countries will be highlighted during the course as national policymakers analyze issues, assess progress and organize a national approach to creating a national strategy; formulating laws, regulations & policies dealing with cyber crime; and fostering a national culture of cyber security.

The next part of the course will be conducted by recognized competition policy and antitrust experts from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Washington, DC legal community and will address basic aspects of competition policy, particularly as applicable to telecommunications industries. The discussion of this intensive one-day seminar and workshop will focus on three interrelated aspects of competition policy:

· To what extent (and with what qualifications and exceptions) can we anticipate that freely functioning private markets will satisfy consumer-citizens' needs, enhance society's wealth, and provide opportunities for workers and owners to increase their wealth? How do these principles apply to telecommunications markets?

· What laws and legal institutions, especially anti-trust law and agencies regulating telecommunications firms, have proved beneficial in protecting and fostering market performance in those areas where reliance on marketplace forces and market decisions appears warranted?

· What kinds of legal oversight of private behavior are necessary in cases where markets either will fail to operate optimally or cannot provide what society desires? For example, why does competition policy not fully embrace unregulated private markets for telecommunications services?
The last part of the course will consist of a workshop where participants and instructors will jointly address issues of telecommunications policy and competition that currently affect the participants' home countries.

9. Participant Learning Objectives: Develop an understanding of how the key elements in the Framework and the Best Practices Report can assist government and industry policymakers in raising their cyber security awareness. Develop an in-depth understanding of how government and industry policymakers can build their cyber security capacity by creating a national strategy. Gain insight into how to use facilitating tools as training devices, focusing on the Cyber security Self-Assessment Tool as a model. Participants are expected to be prepared to discuss the current cyber security policies and activities in their countries. Establish dialogue among students on his/her country's cyber security policy and national activities currently underway to build cyber security capacity. Participants will also develop a more thorough understanding of competition policy which may serve as a foundational backdrop for policy-making considerations as applied to the telecommunications sector.

10. Methodology: The course is taught primarily by experts from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the President’s principal adviser on telecommunications matters, and manager of the federal government’s use of the spectrum, along with experts from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Department of Justice, and the Washington, DC legal community.

11. Requirements:

a. Citizenship or permanent residence of an OAS Member State, with the exception of the United States since is the host country.

b. Participant profile: Managerial with technical emphasis of the telecommunications sector, such as stakeholder analysis and consensus development, with an emphasis on policymaking processes in the regional and global environment with at least three years of experience.

c. Submission of completed application form by the deadline set by the National Liaison Organization (ONE).[1] It is the candidate’s responsibility to ascertain the deadline set by the ONE in his or her country of residence

d. In addition to the OAS application, applicants must also submit a formal application through the USTTI. Applications may be filed through USTTI’s web site:

12. OAS Scholarship Selection Criteria: In accordance with article 4.2 of the Manual of Procedures of the Scholarship and Training Programs of the OAS, OAS scholarships shall be granted based on the following criteria:

· The objectives and priorities established in the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development;

· The training priorities of the member states;

· The merits and overall credentials of the candidate, including his/her academic and professional background;

· The financial need of the candidate; and

· An extensive and equitable geographic distribution for the benefit of all member states and that takes into account the greater needs of the smaller and relatively less developed economies.

13. Benefits:

For successful candidates:

· OAS/CITEL will cover round trip economy class air tickets from country of origin or residence to Washington, DC, United States of America. Funds for terminal and in-transit expenses are NOT provided.

· USTTI will provide a stipend of $400.00 to offset hotel and living expenses, as well as waiving the $150.00 administrative fee.

14. Responsibilities of the selected candidates:

· Based on shared accommodations and an arrival date of Sunday, July 18th and departure date of Saturday, July 24th, the additional amount needed for this course is USD$400.00.

Please be advised that:

1. The accommodation that is being provided requires participants to share hotel rooms, and

2. Each participant will be responsible for paying US$425.00 to share in the cost of accommodation (room and tax only) - - if single accommodations are requested, a total of $850.00 will be required.

· The selected candidates must confirm their acceptance to the OAS General Secretariat Office in their respective countries and through the ONE in order for the OAS to proceed with making the necessary travel arrangements to purchase the air travel tickets, economy class, round-trip, between their country of origin or residence and the study location or, if the scholarship is refused, to appoint another candidate.

· The selected candidates must confirm their acceptance of the scholarship by signing and returning to DHDEC their completed “form of acceptance of the scholarship award”; only after this has been done will the OAS proceed with the necessary travel arrangements to purchase the air travel tickets, economy class, round-trip, between the scholarship recipient’s country of origin and the study location.

· Upon selection, candidates must accept the scholarship by confirming their availability to follow the course during the period indicated and their acceptance of the duly provided conditions of study.

· Selected scholarship recipients are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa(s) to enter the country of study and the corresponding transit(s). The OAS will not be responsible for any costs related to obtaining visas or transfer documentation.

· Each scholarship recipient is responsible for arriving in time for the commencement of activities on the date established by the institution offering the course or program.

· If the scholarship recipient fails to travel on the scheduled dates, or change routes, after the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) has purchased his/her travel ticket, he/she will be responsible for paying the difference in ticket costs in order to arrive at the course site in time. The scholarship recipient will furthermore have to reimburse the GS/OAS the total cost of the airfare for his/her travel from his/her country of residence to the site where the Professional Development Course will take place and back if, after the ticket has been purchased, he/she declines the scholarship without written authorization from the Department of Human Development, Education and Culture.

· The latter includes any additional costs, if any, incurred by the GS/OAS, such as extra costs for accommodation during the scholarship recipient’s travel to and from the country where the course will be held.

· If the fellow declines, cancels or terminates the Scholarship after the course or program has started without providing the GS/OAS with a compelling reason, he or she will have to reimburse GS/OAS the total amount of incurred costs/expenses.

15. Certification: The participants will receive a diploma from the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI), regional Training Center of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL).

16. Presentation of candidacies:

Please Notice: If you were awarded an OAS Professional Development Scholarship in the past twelve (12) months or if you currently hold an OAS Scholarship for Academic Studies, you are not eligible to apply for another Professional Development Scholarship.

The online application form must be completed on-line and can be accessed at: here you’ll find the announcements of all the onsite courses, click in the one you are interested in, go though the end of the page, and then you’ll find the Continue button which will direct you to the online application form.

Once the applicant has completed the online application form and submitted it, a copy will be sent automatically to his/her e-mail account. This completed form must be printed, signed and submitted to the National Liaison Office (ONE) with all other forms (

All the additional forms must be completed electronically or in typewritten format.

The following is the list of National Liaison Organizations (ONEs) in the OAS Member states:

Please note that the official announcement is published in the language of instruction of the course and is available via the Educational Portal of the Americas Web page at:

Any questions regarding submission of applications for this course should be sent to:


The deadline for presentation of applications to the (ONE) differs from country to country and should therefore be confirmed with the relevant ONE in the applicant's country of origin or permanent residence.

LZea-Yonker/DHDEC/ICT Policymaking and Cyber Security/CITEL/USA/2010

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