Submitted Proposals

Organization: Peoples Development Organisation/Diplo Foundation
Title :
86. Youth and Internet Governance: Challenges for future?
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

Youth of today are avid Internet users and are often considered groundbreakers in the field of IT thus striving for a place as an important stakeholder in the field of IG. Needs, threats and emerging issues like cultural, economic, freedom of expression and legislative concerns rapidly become outdated due to the new developments and the unwary young user suffer the consequences of lack of knowledge on the policies being introduced.

The main purpose of the workshop is to showcase the involvement of young professionals and students in the projects related to ICTs and Internet Governance while providing them with the opportunity to have an open dialogue with the key stakeholders in the relevant field from around the globe. With the quality information gained from the participation and interaction with seniors and experts from different backgrounds and geographical diversity, there would be a development and improvement of current initiatives that are going on in various fields through positive criticism and sharing in how these young leaders should continue their initiatives.

Some of the main questions we wish to highlight through showcasing various projects in this interactive workshop are:
  • Prospects and problems related to participation of young participants; a look at remote participation as a solution?
  • What are the major challenges faced in the capacity building of leaders; Outreach issues?
  • How do young people use various social networking sites and deal with privacy concerns?
  • What are young professionals doing for the Protection of Child pornography?
  • Challenges and Opportunities in digital opportunities, is it bridging the digital divide?
Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.

Members from the technical and business community, academia and civil society have been approached and invited for this workshop. Some of them have already confirmed their participation and support.
  • Council of Eurpoe
  • Social Networking sites
  • Former WSIS Youth Caucus members
  • Representatives of Youth Organisations
  • Other relevant experts on Privacy issues and social entrepreneurship
In our panel, we will ensure not just geographical diversity including experts from various continents but also make sure that experts from different fields including business, civil society and academia with gender balance.
(The list will be extended further for the involvement of stakeholders with a geographical diversity)
Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.

Peoples Development Organization, Pakistan PDO is a non-profit organization working for the rights of the women and youth of the sub-urban and rural communities in Pakistan. Its main focus has included promotion of use of ICTs in youth. It has affiliations with various national and International entities that include: 
  • World Summit on Sustainable Development
  • Youth Caucus
  • OneWorld SouthAsia-International Young Professionals Foundation, Australia
  • Human Rights Commission of Pakistan 
  • National Commission for Justice and Peace, Pakistan, Pakistan
  • United Religion’s Initiative 
Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?

The workshop will focus on different issues and perspectives due to the involvement of different stakeholders from both developing and developed countries. The diversity of stakeholders involved is to make sure that different perspectives on an issue can be explored.

-         Exchange of ideas from the audience/workshop participants for the formulation of methodologies and action plans to ensure inclusion of young members.

-    How hard will this task be in terms of challenges and possibilities to include knowledgeable and talented people who are not just balanced in terms of geographical diversity but also gender, economic status and expertise in future?

Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
Internet Governance is an important issue and all the stakeholders must be allowed to be part of it including young people who are working in this field… Internet as a global facility and to ensuring the requisite legitimacy of its governance, based on the full participation of all stakeholders, from both developed and developing countries, within their respective roles and responsibilities.’ Since youth comprise of the major percentage of Internet and ICT tools users, they are very much affected by the IG issues and its policies in future. They should be given the right to access and meaningful participation.
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
PDO has been involved in various youth issues from grass root level and have been involved in the research, advocacy and lobbying for the rights of youth and their empowerment:-         Our organization is working towards the planning and promotion of the strategy to involve youth in the Internet Governance issues through online discussions and meetings. The future plans include lobbying for this cause with various partners and stakeholders.-         PDO has been part of the working group of WSSD Youth Caucus and has promoted youth involvement or sustainable development.  -         Youth Involvement in Decision Making – This was aimed at the University and College students to enable them to organize themselves for involvement at the policy making level and contributing to the national youth policy.
Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?