IGF 2019 WS #358 Meaningful Youth Participation on Internet Governance

Organizer 1: Bhredipta Cresti Socarana, Indonesia Youth Internet Governance Forum
Organizer 2: Indriyatno Banyumurti, ICT WATCH INDONESIA
Organizer 3: Joy Wathagi Ndungu, Digital Grassroots

Speaker 1: Bruna Santos , Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 2: Mariam Barata, Government, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 3: Joy Wathagi Ndungu, Civil Society, African Group

Policy Question(s): 

1. Whether youth has the sufficient knowledge on IG

2. To what extent, youth that have been reached/ engaged by
IG-community have the knowledge on IG ecosystem?

3. Whether the current youth participation on shaping IG-
related policy is the optimum model to involve all of
youth voices?

4. What policy may be advocated and adopted to ensure the
participation of youth is meaningful?

Relevance to Theme: This topic addresses challenges of digital inclusion at the youth level. Despite of the fact that youth are the digital native and having an intense interactive with internet, not many of them know they are part of the internet governance landscape. While many of youth are begin to aware on the internet-related issue, the absence of proper channel to convey their message hampers the effort to realize an inclusive IG-related policy.

The current trend of which many youth begin to involve on IG-related policy making landscape must be applauded one of which, through the existence of communities advocating youth’s involvement in IG community. However, the youth who presents on the various IG-policies making forum may have not represented all of youth voices. Not to mention the problem of the necessity of customizing issue delivery to youth from different group (i.e. youth with disabilities, youth in high-school, etc.). Accordingly, a measure to ensure the effort of representing bigger number of youth must begin to be realized.

Relevance to Internet Governance: The proposed-workshop discusses the involvement of youth actor in internet governance policy-making landscape. The proposers believes it is relevant to the internet governance.


Round Table - Circle - 90 Min

Description: The internet governance ecosystem has been recognizing the role of youth. However, in doing so, meaningful youth participation (MYP) is required. As such, the session will endeavour to improve MYP. Thus, the session is outlined as follows:

1. General introduction on the description of MYP as
by UN Youth Strategy Document;

2. Explanation of existing policies on recognizing youth’s

3. The importance of youth’s aspiration in shaping IG

4. Existing examples on practice gathering and conveying
youth’s aspiration. (e.g. Digital Grassroots with its
youth- centered activities, Indonesian Policymaker that
empowers the activities of Indonesia Youth IGF in gathering
youth voices from several Indonesian region);

5. Discussion among the participants;

6. Conclusion remarks.

The discussion will be facilitated by giving the opportunities for each of all of the speakers 5-7 minutes time to speak. Intervention is welcomed following the completion of speaking period from each speakers. The challenges and practice addressed within the discussion will help to outline agenda for youth's advocacy activities. It will help the existing actors in IG landscape to shape their agenda towards youth.

Expected Outcomes: It is expected the workshop will result with the following:

1. Improved knowledge on the issues preventing youth to involve in IG-related
policy-making activities; and

2. Identified network for youth participation in Youth IGF.

3. Agreed action improving youth involvement in IG-related policymaking including
agreed universal channel/practice in conveying youth aspiration;

4. The above expected outcomes will thus be disseminated to relevant actors
related to youth’s involvement. Specific to youth actors, the session
outcomes is expected to serve as the basis of setting their agenda in
advocating larger number of youth’s aspiration.

Onsite Moderator: 

Bhredipta Cresti Socarana, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Online Moderator: 

Indriyatno Banyumurti, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group


Bhredipta Cresti Socarana, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Discussion Facilitation: 

Each speaker will be allocated 5-7 minute period to deliver their presentation as introduction to the discussion. The moderator will allow intervention for both online and on-site participants.

Online Participation: 

We will invite participants from category of person with disabilities to join the session remotely from Indonesia. We will also create publication materials to invite members and network of the organizers that composed from varied regions, including but not limited to Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Proposed Additional Tools: we plan to provide live streaming using mobile device and channeling to our youtube, facebook, and/or instagram account.


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