IGF 2018 WS #120 African Youth in Internet Governance Round Table


Organizer 1: Civil Society, African Group
Organizer 2: Civil Society, African Group
Organizer 3: Civil Society, Intergovernmental Organization
Organizer 4: Civil Society, African Group

Speaker 1: Joy Wathagi Ndungu, Civil Society, African Group
Speaker 2: Su Sonia Herring, Civil Society, Eastern European Group
Speaker 3: Élisson Diones Cazumbá , Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

This workshop serves to provide a platform for all African youth to achieve the following in Internet Governance: 1. Learn how we can build a sustainable youth network in Internet Governance from our more experienced colleagues from other regions globally who have successful set up this youth network in their various regions 2. Discuss how we can contribute to solving the issues of Internet Governance in our region 3. Learn how we can raise awareness of Internet Governance among the young African population and get them involved as Internet stakeholders


Round Table - 60 Min


Speakers will be required to give an 8 minute presentation each. At the end of the presentations, the speakers will respond to questions and comments from the session participants Speakers and presentation topics: Su Sonia Herring - Role of youth in Internet Governance Elisson Dionnes - Building a sustainable youth network in Internet Governance Victor Ndonnag - Developing Africa’s Internet Ecosystem Wathagi Ndungu - Raising awareness on Internet Governance in Africa


In accordance with the rules of the IGF, this session to open to everyone. As stated earlier, one of the aims of this session is to enable African youth learn from other people from more developed regions. Hence, participants from all regions globally are encouraged to attend in order to deepen the pool of knowledge and experience that would be offered by this session. The 4 speakers to present during the session were selected based on gender, region and youth. The workshop organizers are from developing countries in various regions of Africa (north, west and south)

Round table discussion Duration : 60 mins Session will commence with a brief opening remark by the session on site moderator. Moderator will introduce self and organizing team and them outline the agenda and objectives of the session. This will be followed by presentations from the invited speakers present. Presentation topics by the 4 speakers include; Role of Youth in Internet Governance Building a sustainable Youth network in Internet Governance Developing Africa's Internet Ecosystem Raising awareness on Internet Governance in Africa Then workshop participants are invited to contribute to the discussion by sharing their thoughts, opinions, comments and questions.Invited speakers and other workshop participants are encouraged to respond to input from the audience. Our online moderator will share comments from participants who are participating remotely. Session closes at the end of the specified time with all objectives being achieved

Discussion Facilitation: 

The format for discussion during the workshop is thus ; Opening remarks - 5 mins 1st speaker: Role of Youth in IG - 8 mins 2nd speaker : Building a sustainable youth network in IG -8 mins 3rd speaker: Developing Africa's Internet Ecosystem - 8 mins 4th speaker: Raising awareness of IG in Africa - 8 mins Input from the audience (online and onsite) - 22 mins Closing formalities - 1 min

Online Participation: 

Online participation in extremely vital to the success of this workshop. As we are aware, not many African youth attend the IGF. Hence the organizers of this workshop intend to rely heavily on remote participation to enable a majority of the African community benefit from the workshop. One of methods to be used to ensure remote participation is setting up remote participation hubs across Africa. This will be achieved through Digital Grassroots Initiative (www.digitalgrassroots.org), an organisation formed by 2017 ISOC [email protected] fellows, which has successfully created IG youth ambassadors in 36 different countries globally. Each of these Ambassadors will be tasked with setting up a remote participation hub (group of at least 3) in their various regions to enable them and other youth in that region participate in the workshop.