IGF 2019 Pre-Event #11
How is life in the digital age treating us? Opportunities and risks for people’s well-being

European Schoolnet/ Insafe


The internet is here to stay, it has changed the way society connects, communicates and exchanges information, in many ways for the better. Due to the widespread popularity and constant development of smart phones and electronic devices modern life has reconfigured, cutting across national boundaries and impacting on relationships, culture, economy and world views (Jenson, 2013). However, social media can be a double-edged sword. There is growing concern that digital technology can also bring negative repercussions, especially to the younger generation who are its main consumers.

During this pre-event participants will explore current online trends and the growing range of threats to the global internet, such as online challenges (e.g. Momo and Blue Whale Challenge), internet ethics, fake news, hate speech, human rights and security. Moreover, participants will discuss how to turn challenges into opportunities making sure all citizens are benefiting from a healthy digital environment.

The pre-event will follow a multi-stakeholder approach inviting different stakeholders from the public and private sector to share their efforts to make the internet a better place for all citizens. In addition, this session will also give a platform to young people, inviting them to challenge policy makers and industry partners and providing them with the opportunity to shape the internet governance agenda.

More generally, this pre-event will provide a substantial overview of issues relevant under the IGF Theme III: Security, Safety, Stability and Resilience, while drawing up on related issues of concern under Theme I: Data Governance (e.g. data privacy, digital identity) and Theme II: Digital Inclusion (e.g. digital literacy).

- Kick-off with a set of interactive questions for the audience.(10min)
- Introductory panel including representative from private and public sector, civil society and youth participants.(30min)
- Feedback and questions from the audience.(20min)