Youth Coalition on Internet Governance (YCIG)


The Youth Coalition on Internet Governance (YCIG) is an open group for organizations and individuals, representing all stakeholder groups, willing to collaborate together in order to encourage and enrich youth participation in local, regional, and international Internet governance discussions and processes.

YCIG was established to advocate for the voice of children, young people, and young professionals in Internet governance fora and processes.

YCIG is open to all young people and other relevant stakeholders interested in Internet governance issues. It has been successful in securing a commitment from the IGF to include young panelists at annual meetings, as well as at organizing a series of panels at different levels of engagement, and producing clear statements during IGF closing plenary sessions.

As a registered IGF Dynamic Coalition, YCIG has a meeting slot at each forum to bring together youth stakeholders from across the IGF to identify and discuss relevant issues, and network together to build a stronger youth voice in Internet governance processes.

The YCIG also publishes a beginners guide to the IGF, which is located here:

More information on Youth IGF initiatives is located here:

    Action Plan

    The YCIG aims to empower youth who want to actively participate in the IGF’s intersessional activities and initiatives, such as other Dynamic Coalitions, and by supporting the IGF and its Secretariat in getting more young people involved on equal footing with other stakeholders in Internet governance processes. It is imperative that youth be included in such processes and be able to share ideas and best practices from local and regional perspectives with the global Internet governance community. Our goal is to build a robust and sustainable youth coalition on Internet governance by reaching out to youth as well as youth-led organizations and other relevant stakeholders interested in joining and contributing to the IGF community.

    The YCIG is the natural space for youth interested in Internet governance-related issues and the IGF as a platform for engaging with all stakeholders on equal footing to amplify youth voices. The YCIG is a space open for all youth and other relevant stakeholders, regardless of social status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, geographic location, or religion (or lack thereof).

    Stay up-to-date by following our official blog, the YCIG website, or the YCIG Facebook group.

    Mailing List

    Mailing list address: [email protected]

    Subscribe to the mailing list:!forum/ycig

    (*New users must be signed into Google and click on 'Apply to join group')


    YCIG Steering Committee Members - 2024

    • Ananda Gautam
    • Denise Leal
    • Marko Paloski
    • Saba Tiku
    • Umut Pajaro Velasquez

    YCIG Steering Committee Members - 2023 

    • Nicolas Fiumarelli
    • Phyo Thiri Lwin
    • João Pedro Damas Martins
    • Marko Paloski 
    • Mauricia Abdol Tshilunda

    YCIG Steering Committee Members - 2022

    • Mauricia Abdol Tshilunda
    • Nicolás Fiumarelli
    • Jenna Manhau Fung
    • Daphne Stevens
    • Emilia Zalewska

    YCIG Steering Committee Members - 2021

    • Noha Ashraf
    • Mohammad Atif Aleem
    • Eileen Cejas
    • Aleksandra Ivanković
    • Elliot Mann

    The YCIG further consists of individuals and youth-led organizations active in various Internet-related processes and fora around the world, representing all stakeholder groups. We welcome any new member, individual, or organization, who accepts the YCIG charter and YCIG Code of Conduct.

    The list of YCIG members can be found at our Google Group and Facebook Group. We count with more than 400 members.

    Supporting organisations

    • NetMission.Asia
    • Childnet International UK
    • DiploFoundation
    • Electronic Frontier Foundation Finland
    • Elon University
    • Imagining the Internet
    • Reach Out to Asia (Qatar Foundation)
    • Practical Participation
    • Network of EuRopean Digital Youth
    • SEEDIG
    • Youth Observatory (Youth SIG, Internet Society)
    • Youth4IG
    • YouthDIG
    • Youth IGF Summit