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Internet Week

- By Wits University

Ebele Okobi, Facebook’s Head of Public Policy for Africa, is one of the keynote speakers at the Next Four Billion conference on 8 July 2015 being hosted by the Wits Department of Journalism and Media Studies.

The conference will bring together key figures from the Internet industry, the public sector and researchers from South Africa, Russia, Chile, the US and Europe. Wits students and those from surrounding universities can apply for sponsorship to attend the conference.

Application criteria:

  • Must be in final year of an undergraduate degree or studying towards an honours or masters degree
  • Submit letter of motivation (300 words max)
  • Supply proof of registration or details of your HOD for verification (a covering note signed by the HOD would be ideal).

Submit application to by 30 June 2015. More about the conference and international speakers.

Please note that the sponsorship only covers attendance to the event and meals for the day. The sponsorship excludes travel costs.

The conference will showcase important research on how the Internet is being used by this new wave; some of the latest thinking on the role of the Internet for jobs and the economy and for public services. The conference is being held in conjunction with the 2015 Annual Meeting of the World Internet Project, which Wits is hosting this year. The World Internet Project is one of the oldest and most respected networks of Internet researchers in the world with members in more than thirty countries.