Materials on "Alternative Voices on Internet Governance"
- How do we make the internet more accessible to more people?
- How can we include in the conversation on Internet Governance developing and newly industrializing countries, who otherwise tend to be underrepresented?
- What is the role of politics and policies in promoting global cooperation on matters that concern the internet?
- How can we empower the youth from all around the world to participate in Internet Governance?
- How can we shape education in general and Digital Literacy in particular in order to enhance participation?
- How can we foster cooperation between generations on Internet Governance?
ELISABETH SCHAUERMAN, GERMAN INFORMATICS SOCIETY, PROJECT COORDINATOR GLOBAL YOUTH INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM SUMMIT 2019
„Young people under 25 are the most active Internet users, they are more networked, and they tend to adopt new services and technologies earlier than other demographic groups (see sources here and here). If judged by the effect that Internet regulations take on different parts of society, by mere numbers and exposure, young people are affected in many cases, and should be consulted. These are all obvious reasons to have youth participate and be visible in Internet Governance. In any case, there are several preconditions for meaningful youth participation: (1) Acceptance: understanding that youth have legitimacy in policy making. (2) Opportunity: active support of participation. (3) Capacity: education and opportunities for capacity building. (4) Advocacy: sustainable processes to further youth-relevant policies. (5) Inclusion: youth active on all levels of policy-making” (Read more)
DR. JOHANNA BÖRSCH-SUPAN, HEAD OF STRATEGY AND PROGRAMME AT THE VODAFONE FOUNDATION GERMANY
"Young people should always be consulted for future topics. The Internet is an area that young people play a decisive role in shaping; they are also the largest demographic group of Internet users in relative terms. Nevertheless, the voices of young people are not heard at many levels. This is why we support projects such as the Youth IGF, which aim at effective participation and visibility of young people". (Read more)
JOHN PERRY BARLOW, DECLARATION ON THE INDEPENDENCE OF CYBERSPACE
“We are creating a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth. We are creating a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity.” (Read more)
BALDEEP GREWAL, IGF DYNAMIC COALITION ON GENDER AND INTERNET GOVERNANCE (DC GIG)
“We need content-diversity because the echo-chamber that normative content creates de- termines the range of options people think they can choose from when they go about fashioning their on/offline identities.” (Read more)
CHRISTINA DINAR, KATHARINA MOSENE, FRANCESCA SCHMIDT, NETZFORMA*
“From a feminist perspective, we call for equal access to the Internet and digital con- tent, the dismantlement of violent structures, protection against online violence and the creation of non-discriminatory spaces. We demand the right to personal data, to privacy, data security and data protection. We promote a critical digital public sphere and a sustainable copyright policy.” (Read more)
CLAUDE DRAUDE, UNIVERSITY OF KASSEL
“Images of the typical user still largely inform IT development. Mostly, deviations are only considered when designing for a “special” group, like the elderly or people with disabilities. To counter this, a systemic integration of marginalized perspectives throughout all stages of IT artefact and infrastructure development is needed.” (Read more)
MATTHIAS C. KETTEMANN, LEIBNIZ INSTITUTE FOR MEDIA RESEARCH | HANS-BREDOW-INSTITUT (HBI) AND HUMBOLDT INSTITUTE FOR INTERNET AND SOCIETY (HIIG)
“States need to exercise their sovereignty in a way that reflects the global common interest in the integrity of the internet and in ensuring both dimensions of access for all. They need to follow up on their commitments to human development through the Internet, including in the Sustainable Development Goals. Online companies need to ensure that they respect their obligations under the Ruggie Framework and do not – consciously or inadvertently – develop communication spaces that enable discrimination and exclusion.” (Read more)
Workshops at IGF 2019
Tuesday, Nov 26
Wednesday, Nov 27
Thursday, Nov 28
Friday, Nov 29
Workshops at Youth IGF Summit 2019
Sunday, Nov 24
16:00 – 16:45 h. “Digital Participation and Freedom of Expression” (game), Deutsche Welle, Lena Nitsche. Location: Spreepalais am Dom, Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Straße 2, Berlin. Register: []
16:00 – 16:45 h & 16:50 – 17:35h. “Meaningful Youth Participation in Internet Governance”, Council of Europe Youth Department, Marius Jitea. Location: Spreepalais am Dom, Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Straße 2, Berlin Register: []
16:00 – 16:45 h. “Civil Society Activities at the IGF”, Betterplace lab, Yagmur Cay. Location: Spreepalais am Dom, Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Straße 2, Berlin. Register: []
16:00 – 16:45 h. “Charta Digital Education: values & skills”, GI, Frithjof Nagel. Location: Spreepalais am Dom, Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Straße 2, Berlin. Register: []
16:50 – 17:35h. “Online Harms: Strategies against Cyberbullying”, Youth IGF Movement/ Together against Cybercrime, Yuliya Morenets. Location: Spreepalais am Dom, Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Straße 2, Berlin. Register: []
16:50 – 17:35h. “Reflections on the Youth Positions & Advocacy Strategy”, Digital Citizens Romania/Youth IGF Summit, Veronica Stefan. Location: Spreepalais am Dom, Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Straße 2, Berlin. Register: []
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- DIPLO: Digital Inclusion Introductory Session
- DIPLO: High-Level Internet Governance Exchange - Digital Inclusion 1
- DIPLO: High-Level Internet Governance Exchange - Digital Inclusion 2
- DIPLO: High Level Session on Inclusion
- DIPLO: Electricity, Community Networks and Digital Inclusion: The case of the Underserved Communities
- DIPLO: What Operator Model(s) for Digital Inclusion?
- Deutsche Welle: Opinion: Tim Berners-Lee's idealistic dream of a better WWW
- Heise: IGF: Guterres und Merkel warnen vor Spaltung des Netzes
Thursday, Nov. 28
Impressions from the Youth IGF in Berlin. The internet the people want
By Khaled Zaza, HMKW, University if Applied Sciences, Berlin
Visiting the booth of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is like a breath of fresh air for tech specialists, government technocrats and tech-corporation executives attending IGF Berlin.
A colorful carpet decorates the booth, a simple improvised print reading “How do you create change?” and genuine, welcoming smiles make the constant gathering of crowds a common scene throughout the week-long conference.
APC is a non-profit association of member and partner networks around the world, committed to making the Internet serve the needs of global civil society.
With her open welcoming eyes behind a pair of colorful, funky glasses, Hvale Vale from the womens’ rights program at APC, explains the purpose of their booth at IGF Berlin: “We are here together with our members. We have many members from many parts of the world: India, Kenya, Uganda, Brazil, Palestine, Lebanon… so this booth is like a space for APC and its partners to push their issues.”
For each year they participate in IGF, APC has a special priority within human rights and social justice. “This year, we are working on gender and talking about a feminist Internet. Our report ‘Global Information Society Watch 2019’ is done by activists and researchers from all over the world, connecting the issue of artificial intelligence with human rights,” Vale says.
Despite all the challenges that AI and the digital sphere are facing, APC’s dreams are big. But the focus, as Vale puts it, remains on inclusion of all people with all differences and diversity. “The dream is about social justice and human rights. About all people from all genders and sexualities, all different communities, all languages and all the possible diversities that you can imagine, to enjoy, shape, use and contribute to create the Internet and digital technologies. It’s not about being the users but also being the creators.”
- “Many Worlds Many Nets Many Visions. Critical Voices, Visions and Vectors for Internet Governance”, Edited by Katharina Mosene und Matthias C. Kettemann
- Messages of the German Youth IGF 2019 to politics (September 2019, German)
- Report on the event Germany Youth IGF 2019 (in German)
- Video statements of the participants to the Germany Youth IGF 2019(in German)
- Youth IGF 2019 on Twitter
- Digital inclusion of youth
- Information and Communication Technology for Youth