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No. 84 Youth in IG: Capacity building vs Policy discussion

David NG


1. Primary Contact Information

Mr. Ki Chun, David NG

Organizational Affiliation: NetMission.Asia

2. Secondary Contact Information

Mr. Hans Martens

Organizational Affiliation: Insafe / European Schoolnet (EUN)

3. Workshop Format. Please click here for a description of available Workshop Session Formats.


4. Panel format background paper

No background paper provided

5. Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

6. Title

Youth in IG: Capacity building vs Policy discussion

7. Description of workshop

2015 IGF Brazil was the first time the youth program, [email protected], was introduced to the IGF conference. Young people from LAC region were invited to attend the program, empowering the next generation of leaders and increasing the participation of young leaders in the region in the Internet Governance debates.

The ecosystem of youth empowerment work in Internet Governance is developing. In the Asia Pacific region, there are various next generation engagement initiatives organized in the past years, such as NetMission.Asia, YouthIGF, APIGA, APILP, APSIG and APNG Group. Other regions have established youth groups /networks such as NERDY (Network of EuRopean Digital Youth) in Eurpoe, and Youth Observatory in Latin America.

Therefore, it is an important discussion to have now on how we can better achieve the goal of youth inclusion to the Internet Governance discourse. Given the fact that youth is one of the main stakeholders of Internet, they should be able to participate in the Internet Governance discussions on equal footing. Meanwhile, capacity building work should also be provided for constructive and meaningful participation to the discussion. Whether the approach of capacity building or direct engagement in policy discussion is a better way is the discussion focus. Creating a youth track, adding the category of youth in the resource person list or introducing index of youth participation rate in sessions are also the possible implementation plans in the upcoming IGF – this is worth considering for the sustainable growth and development of Internet Governance. Effectiveness and feasibility of the plans will also be reviewed in the session.

8. Tags

Tag1: Youth Engagement

Tag2: Capacity building

Tag3: Schools on Internet Governace

9. Name, stakeholder group, and organizational affiliation of workshop proposal co-organizer(s)

NG Ki Chun, David, Civil Society, NetMission.Asia
Hans Martens, Insafe / European Schoolnet (EUN), Europe

10. Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report


11. Description of the plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

The discussion will start with the background introduction on the debate topic about the youth engagement approach: Capacity building vs Policy discussion. Youth Initiative coordinators and Next Generation Engagement program organizers from Government, Civil Society, Private Sector and Technical Community will be invited to sit on the panel, take sides and start the debate, which will last for around 45 mins as the first half of the session.

For the second half of the session, audience members will be separated into groups to discuss which approach IGF should take, and propose feasible suggestions for youth inclusion e.g. adding category of youth in resource person list, introducing index of youth participation rate for the coming IGF to implement, or other concrete ideas. Groups will present their outcomes and suggestions, and time will be reserved to review comments from online participants.

12. Proposed Speakers

Low , Jia-Rong
Ssembajwe, Jonathan
Martens, Hans
Orlova, Anya
Goberna, Adela
NG, Ki Chun, David
Cavalli, Olga

Speakers provisionally confirmed:

Cavalli, Olga
Goberna, Adela
Martens, Hans
NG, Ki Chun, David
Orlova, Anya
Ssembajwe, Jonathan

13. Reasons for Speakers and/or description of how stakeholder views will be represented

Adela Goberna, Youth Observatory, LAC
• Coordinator of [email protected], ICANN Fellow at ICANN 53 - Buenos Aires, perspective from LAC

Anya Orlova, NERDY (Network of EuRopean Digital Youth), Europe
• Network seeks to bring together young people from Europe interested in the internet and Internet Governance

Hans Martens, Insafe / European Schoolnet (EUN), Europe
• Insafe is Network of European Safer Internet Centres, which is coordinated by European Schoolnet (EUN). Youth panels is one of the focuses, which allows young people to express their views, exchange knowledge and experiences concerning their use of online technologies and tips on how to stay safe.

David NG, NetMission.Asia, Asia
• Youth Network in Asia, Organizer of yIGF, Initiator of [email protected] Program

APIGA (Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy), Asia
• Newly started Academy in Asia with ICANN support

Jonathan Ssembajwe, Rights of young foundation, Africa
• Coalition of children and youth working to promote the observance of children and young people’s rights Africa

Olga Cavalli, ICANN - Governmental Advisor Committee, South School on Internet Governance, LAC
• Coordinator of the South School on Internet Governance since 2007, IGF MAG member during 2007 to 2014 and presently Argentina Representative in the Governmental Advisor Committee, GAC of ICANN, can provide views especially from government prespective.

Jia Rong Low, ICANN, Asia
• Jia Rong is Vice President, Global Stakeholder Engagement, and concurrently Managing Director, Asia Pacific Hub of ICANN, works with key stakeholders to bring ICANN to the region, and facilitate stakeholders to participate in multistakeholder internet governance

14. Name of in-person Moderator(s)

Bianca Caroline Ho, Intergovernmental Organisation, The Multistakeholder Advisory Group, Internet Governance Forum

15. Name of Remote Moderator(s)

David Ng, Civil Society, NetMission.Asia

16. Name of Rapporteur(s)

Yannis Li, Civil Society, Secretariat of APrIGF

17. Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

We are planning to set up the following remote participation possibilities especially through YCIG (Youth Coalition in Internet Governance):
- Dedicated Facebook group [https://www.facebook.com/groups/youthcoalitiononinternetgovernance/]
- Twitter hashtag
- Collaborative writing tool [e.g. Asana, Google Doc]
- Preparatory & online voting space [e.g. Doodle, Survey Monkey, my3Q]
- Dedicated email address or online forum for questions in advance & afterwards
Involved organizations are asked to promote the workshop through their (social) networks in advance and collect questions and remarks for the workshop. During the workshop we will collect all social media contributions at the same time and those as well as the notes will be added to the final report of the workshop.

18. Based on which Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

11, 17

19. Background paper

No additional background paper provided

20. Agenda

5mins - Introduction of the workshops

[Debate Session - Youth engagement approach: Capacity building vs Policy Discussion]
20mins - Panelists share their work and standpoint on the debate topic (around 3 mins for each panelist)
20mins - Free debate and discussion on the issue

[Break out group session: Feasible suggestions for youth inclusion]
25mins - Group discussion
15mins - Group Report

5mins - Wrap up

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