IGF 2018 WS #128 Youth Inclusion through Digital Entrepreneurship

Format: 

Round Table - 60 Min

Subtheme: 

Organizer 1: Bhredipta Cresti Socarana, K&K Advocates
Organizer 2: Shita Laksmi, Hivos

Speaker 1: Nadia Tjahja, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Luisa Verónica Arroyo Revatta, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 3: Jianne Soriano, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Relevance: 

The issue of youth inclusion on internet policy making has been revolving for quite sometimes. However, it is almost rare to none the discussion treats youth as the key role on the discussion. Youth are more often treated as object, instead of subject of the discussion. Unfortunately, this situation happens even with youth acting as the speaker or resource person of the discussion. The agenda of having youth voice to be heard has not been able to recognize the strategic position of youth even on the internet policy sector.

Whereas, as the majority of internet user are comprised by youth. Through youth engagement to the internet, it is almost impossible not to find internet content developed or addressed the needs of youth. Creative content and out-of-the box thinking are made mostly by youth. The familiarity to the technology as well as the current trend are mostly adopted by youth. Admittedly or not, youth are among the expert of the internet. The emergence of video blogger, product endorser, are only to name few of how youth embraces their expertise on the internet. Fortunately, this expertise is able to raise profit for its actor. The passion of utilizing internet for their interest turns into a beneficial opportunity, that may be spread among the youth.

Departing from the above, the workshop will address the following policy questions:

1. What obstacles and limitation that youth needs to know in the digital entrepreneurship activities?

2. What issues that needs to be addressed within youth digital entrepreneurship activities?

3. How the expertise of youth through the digital entrepreneurship activities may be channeled to the course of shaping internet public policy?

Despite of the absence of previous session as the basis of this workshop, this workshop is a merge on the topic of digital economy and youth inclusion. This workshop is expected not to only address the unanswered policy question but also influence youth to start their own digital entrepreneurship. Given that the entrepreneurship activities are the smallest yet tangible activities with potential to bring profit.

Session Content: 

1. The session will begin with the introduction of digital entrepreneurship activities that may be carried out by youth.
2. It will further continue with the benefit and potential lies on the digital entrepreneurship including the potential of shaping internet policy
3. The session will be concluded with types of tangible interventions that youth can do through digital entrepreneurship activities

Interventions: 

Speakers provided are representing different group of stakeholders namely the private sector and civil society organization. Each of the speaker are expert on youth engagement activities, which through their expertise are expected to provide information how their conventional intervention may be packaged and supported by digital entrepreneurship activities.

Diversity: 

The speakers are comprised of different stakeholders namely private sector and civil society, whereas the organizers are from private industry and academic. Geographically speaking, speakers are coming from WEOG, LAC, and Asia Pacific Group while the organizers are from Asia Pacific Group. The workshop will be organized by 1 male and 1 female, with all the 3 speakers are female. Lastly, the workshop consists of 4 youth from speakers and organizer, with 1 professional acting as the co-organizer.

Online Participation: 

Live tweets and social media posts are allowed. Participants are even encouraged to activate their social media to start live streaming of the session, because after all, the session focuses on optimization on the use of internet and social media.

Remote participants will be provided opportunity to speak after 2 onsite speakers. The queue and mic will return to onsite speaker after 2 onsite speakers have spoken.

Discussion Facilitation: 

Given the format of the discussion is a roundtable discussion, 15 minutes will be allocated to provide introduction of the topics. The discussion will further be continued with engagement of the discussion participant stimulated by the speakers delivering their perspective and expert on the issue of youth digital entrepreneurship.

Onsite Moderator: 

Bhredipta Socarana

Online Moderator: 

Shita Laksmi

Rapporteur: 

Bhredipta Socarana

Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

Villa Le Bocage
Palais des Nations,
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland

igf [at] un [dot] org
+41 (0) 229 173 678