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Youth @ IGF Wiki

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Welcome to the Youth Section of the IntGovWiki

This is the wiki collaboration and learning environment that complements the Youth Internet Governance Forum Initiative. This wiki needs many voices, including those of young experts in Internet Governance. We are happy you've found your way!

In order to get an account with editing rights sign-up a new user by clicking on "Log in" in the upper right corner. Once your account is set up, you can contribute in several ways. Have a look at this How To before you start editing.

How can you contribute?

You can edit and contribute to this wiki as every other person. Nonetheless we want to encourage you to have a focus on youth perspectives when you are contributing to the wiki. The perspective of the younger generation is always at risk of not being seen. We believe that we can do better and that we deserve to be seen and acknowledged. There are three main areas where we believe that your work can make a difference:

Add the perspective of the Youth Document the output of the Youth IGF Summit Do media reporting from the IGF
This Wiki is full of thematic pages, workshop pages and reports from IGF sessions. If you or your local Youth IGF initiative already worked on a specific topic or produced a statement that is worth of sharing, be the one who brings it to the wiki so everyone can see it. Leading up to the Internet Governance Forum the Youth IGF Summit connects 100+ young people (aged 18-30) from all world regions and backgrounds who are active in Internet Governance and related fields. The discussions in the webinars and on site are worthy of documentation. Just go ahead! This wiki has a media reporting hub to which you can contribute. Your reporting will help to increase the outreach of the sessions and the IGF in general. We really look forwards to reports that focus on youth specific topics! To gain editing rights for this part of the Wiki, please send an email to giving references to your reporting work.

Youth-related Workshops

The following workshops are initiated, organized or related to youth:

WS 315 Youth in IG for Internet ethics & digital inclusion

Wednesday November 27, 2019 11:30 - 13:00

Raum IV Sonnenallee 225, 12057 Berlin, Germany

WS #236 A universal personal data protection framework? How to make it work?

Wednesday November 27, 2019 15:00 - 16:30

Raum I Sonnenallee 225, 12057 Berlin, Germany

Pre-event 17 - Youth IGF Summit

Monday November 25, 2019 09:00 - 10:30

Convention Hall I - D Sonnenallee 225, 12057 Berlin, Germany

If you are the organizer(s) of a session at the 2019, you can elaborate on your session plan. Please consult this blueprint for a session page, copy it (??), and start filling your page. Spread the word about your session, link to relevant resources, and get your participants on board before they enter your workshop room.

You can find examples of existing session pages here:

  • List your session page here for others to find: Share your expertise
  • If you hold expertise in a certain topic, you can contribute to the discussion on the following concepts:
  • These sites have the objective to reflect the current perspectives on a given topic in the context of the Internet Governance Forum. You can use the discussion site to contribute your inputs as those are consolidated sites.

Youth Initiatives

There are several youth initiatives around the world. You can help us to not only get an overview but also learn more about their activities, if you add your initiative in this section.

The Youth IGF Summit

The German Youth IGF 2019

The Internet Governance Forum 2019 takes place in Berlin, Germany for the first time, and you have the opportunity to participate in the host country youth initiative – the Youth IGF Summit. Leading up to the Internet Governance Forum in November, this initiative aims to connect 100+ young people (aged 18-30) from all world regions and backgrounds who are active in Internet Governance and related fields.

Together, you are going to share and network the outcomes of your work in order to arrive at the Youth IGF Messages 2019, which you shall present and advocate for to a global audience. The decentralized part of the program starts in September 2019 with webinars and conference calls. The Youth IGF Summit takes place on November 24 in Berlin, right before the IGF. Participants then formulate and decide on the Youth Positions. The summit culminates in a presentation on Day 0 of the Internet Governance Forum.

Asia Pacific YIGF

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Asia Pacific Youth Internet Governance Forum (yIGF) has firstly been initiated by a group of NetMission Ambassadors in 2010 in parallel with the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF). It aims to raise the awareness of youth on Internet governance discourse and to encourage the young generation to have more active engagement in policy discussion and the decision-making process. yIGF 2019 was held from 16 to 19 July 2019 in Vladivostok, Russia. The mission shared by NetMission Ambassadors was brought to Vladivostok with regional participants from the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. With the advisory support from APrIGF secretariat and the Multi-stakeholder Steering Group (MSG) of APrIGF, and the dedication of the NetMission Ambassadors from NetMission.Asia, the yIGF 2019 was completed successfully.

Inspired by the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a multi-stakeholder forum for policy dialogue on issues of Internet governance, the yIGF is also established in the same multi-stakeholder approach as the IGF. yIGF is usually a 4-day-3-night camp which participants are assigned with roles as one of the interest groups, including government, private sectors and NGOs, to brainstorm their ideas and voice out their opinions on the issues of Internet governance from new perspectives.

yIGF provides an open platform for the youth to express and exchange their ideas and thoughts on Internet governance freely. It also serves as a preparation camp for them to understand various Internet issues and open their doors to the international policy discussion. This year, our youth participants were provided with an invaluable opportunity to closely interact with Rajesh Singh, the chair of APrIGF MSG, in one of our sessions and to contribute to a project initiated by Youth4IG. We believe that the youth participants have gained tremendous insights, which might help encourage future initiatives and youth engagement in the Asia-Pacific regions.