IGF 2018 OF #37 EU Delegation to the IGF & Youth IGF Movement

Subtheme: 

Other
Sub-theme description: youth, Internet governance, fake news, cybercrime

Description: 

The main idea of the present proposal for an Open Forum is to share with the IGF multistakeholder community the concept and the outcomes of the Youth IGF Movement meetings that took place around the world. The format of the Open Forum is intended to be a debate between the Youth IGF Movement leaders and experts of the Information Society, namely the members of the EU Delegation to the IGF, as well as the representatives of the Asia-Pacific community, African countries and Latin America. We would like also to invite the leaders of the private sector for discussion with these young leaders. The Open Forum welcomes the representatives of other youth initiatives to enagage in an inclusive dialogue with the experts of the IGF community. The discussion between the experts and the young representatives will be focused on the main outcomes of the meetings organised by the young at national and regional levels. One of the focus points will also be to see how the recommendations which emerged from the Open Forum in 2017 have been taken into consideration at national and regional levels and what are the achievements.

Organizers: 

TaC-Together against Cybercrime International
EU Delegation to the IGF & Youth IGF Movement in collaboration with Youth Asia Pacific regional IGF

Speakers: 

1. EU Commission Representative 2. Delegation of the EP to the IGF 3. ICANN Representative 4. African Union Commission Representative 5. Members of the Youth IGF Movement (physical presence) & representatives of other youth initiatives

Online Moderator: 

Yuliya MORENETS

Report: 

Session Title: EU Delegation to the IGF & Youth IGF Movement

Date:   November 12, 2018      Time:13:30 – 14:30

Session Organizer: EU Delegation to the IGF & Youth IGF Movement

Moderator : Mrs Miapetra KUMPULA-NATRI, Member of the EU Parliament & Mrs Yuliya MORENETS, Youth IGF Movement

Speakers : 

Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO

Delegation of the European Parliament 

·      Gunnar HÖKMARK– Member of the EU Parliament 

·     Julie WARD - Member of the EU Parliament 

·     Yana TOOM - Member of the EU Parliament 

·      Julia REDA - Member of the EU Parliament 

·     Jonathan BULLOCK - Member of the EU Parliament 

Members of the Youth IGF Movement (physical presence): 

Youth IGF Chad, Youth IGF Indonesia, Youth IGF Haiti, Youth IGF Lebanon, Youth IGF Portugal, Youth IGF Ukraine

Discussions points

Mrs Miapetra KUMPULA-NATRI, Head of the EU Parliament Delegation to the IGF and Member of the EU Parliament, opened the discussion by introducing the delegation and the priorities of the delegation at the IGF 2018. The importance of the exchange with the Youth IGF has been underlined from the beginning of the Open Forum, as well as the importance of the main subjects that have been announced for discussion. The discussion also focused on possible steps by the EU Parliament on implementing internet governance activities and policies in the EU and the developing world. 

Mr Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO, underlined that in the Internet ecosystem all voices are equal, stressed the importance of the views of the young on internet governance and the fact that #EveryVoiceCounts. A long exchange focused on Internet security and the need for the young to act on cybersecurity awareness, so as to ensure other young people are informed on issues such as cookie management, among others.  

The Youth IGF Movement Representative underlined the objective of the movement and described its scope and development as well as the results achieved in 2018 (around 35 countries are part of the movement at present). 

The Youth IGF Movement Ambassadors described the movement in their countries, together with national achievements. They mentioned four important aspects that have emerged from national meetings (of which 30 took place in 2018) as concerns to be communicated to the expert community and made issues for discussion, namely:

*The importance of capacity-building programs on Internet Governance for the young (such as ICANN NextGen)

*The role of the young in cybersecurity awareness

*The responsibility of the young in the fight against fake medicines online

*The role of the young in the promotion of Digital4Her activities  

Suggestions regarding the way forward/ potential next steps /key takeaways: 

  1. It was strongly suggested to continue the annual and if possible bi-annual meetings and exchanges between the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and the Youth IGF Ambassadors so as to better understand the current concerns at national levels as seen by the young 
  2. It was suggested to find ways to support the projects and products initiated by the Youth IGF, such as tools developed by the young to raise awareness of Internet safety (e.g. the CyberDetective game). The role of the EU Commission and the Parliament is essential in this support. 
  3. The need for structured assistance from the EU to victims of cybercrimes has been brought to the table, as mentioned in a majority of the Youth IGF national meetings. The EU Parliament Delegation to the IGF has been asked to assist in the work on this element from a policy and legal perspective in the EU countries.

Total number of participants (estimated): +50

Total number of women: half

Session Time: 
Monday, 12 November, 2018 - 13:30 to 14:30
Room: 
Salle X

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