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Wednesday, November 27 • 11:30 - 13:00
WS 315 Youth in IG for Internet Ethics & Digital Inclusion

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WS #315 Youth in IG for Internet ethics & digital inclusion is an IGF 2019 workshop initiated and organized by youth leaders from different parts of the world. The workshop is initiated to engage youth talents from different regions with a focus on Internet ethics. By interacting with participants of different cultures, races, and experiences, we expect to discuss and develop an ethical understanding of the Internet in order to achieve digital inclusion. With the experiences and inputs from different partnering organizers, including Jenna Fung (NetMission.Asia), Elisabeth Schauermann (Youth IGF Summit 2019 & EuroDIG), Elliott Mann (Swinburne Law School), Aisyah Shakirah Suhaidi (Internet Society Malaysia Chapter), Joy Wathagi Ndungu (Digital Grassroots), and Jaewon Son (Korea Internet Governance Alliance), a robust foundation is developed for this workshop.


Goal of this Workshop
  • To engage participants from different regions for a discussion with a focus on Internet ethics.

  • To discuss and develop an ethical understanding of the Internet in order to achieve digital inclusion. 

  • To come up with a youth statement with practical examples and suggestions after the discussion.

  • To strengthen the youth community in the Internet Governance ecosystem.

BackgroundPolicy Question
  • What are the major factors leading to the low engagement of youth in IG and how can we tackle this problem to ensure better participation?

  • How can including youth from all backgrounds help contribute to the development process of Internet ethics and policies?

  • What role can policies and best practices play in creating a cyber environment that promotes positive digital citizenship, and cyber wellness among young Internet users?

Problem Statement

Youths are the fastest-growing demographic on the internet and those who develop the future of the digital world. They are one of the important stakeholder groups in the Internet Governance ecosystem. Their participation in the policy-making process is essential yet the youth engagement remains low. In this digital era, Internet ethics and digital inclusion are critical for the sustainability of the Internet Governance ecosystem and the Internet. Which role is the youth playing in such a context? 

Youth participation & engagement

  1. How can youth-driven initiatives advocate for the rights and opportunities for disadvantaged youth hailing from different communities in Internet Governance, and create an environment in which young people can engage actively in the IG processes?

  2. What are the tools needed for youth-driven IG initiatives to empower people with disabilities and marginalized societies in order to engage and promote youth participation in IG?

  3. What are the main/most common factors leading to low engagement of youth in IG and how can we tackle this problem so that improvements can be made to ensure better participation in the future?

  4. What are the challenges for youth initiatives when facilitating youth participation in the IG process?

  5. How can the government help facilitate youth engagement and participation in the IG process?

Internet Ethics & policies

  1. How can including youth from all backgrounds (young women, youth with disabilities, underserved societies, other marginalized groups) in IG help contribute to the development process of Internet ethics and policies?

  2. What is the role of youth participation in the IG process to different stakeholder groups in developing Internet ethics and policies?


Digital Inclusion

  1. How do different stakeholder groups engaged in the IG process encourage youth participation so as to achieve digital inclusion?

  2. Digital resilience: What role can policies and best practices play in creating a cyber environment which helps to promote positive digital citizenship, and cyber wellness among young Internet users

FormatBreak-out Group Discussions - Round Tables - 90 mins

1) Introduction: 10 mins

The moderator(s) will start the session with the introduction of the work and activities of youth initiatives in the Asia Pacific region. To allow the exchange of ideas and insights between and among regions, the moderator(s) will invite youth leaders from different regions, e.g. African group and European group, to specifically talk about the context of youth engagement in IG in their regions. The floor will be opened to seek clarification questions about the youth initiatives and their works, in order to encourage the audience to think about how the youth initiatives contribute in building youth’s awareness and capacity and contributing to the Internet ethics and policies for digital inclusion.

2) Panel Discussion: 25 mins

The moderator(s) will then invite speakers from different stakeholder groups, including technical community, the private sector, government/ intergovernmental organization, and civil society, to share their opinions and views on the importance of youth engagement and participation in IG process, and how youth’s advocacy contributes to policy change. Sharing from each speaker will be set to 4-5 minutes. Follow up with a 10-minute Q&A session before moving on to the round-table discussion.

3) Break-out Group Discussion: 10 mins

The discussion will then be continued based on and focused on the cases and examples shared by the speakers. To facilitate a robust discussion, speakers from different stakeholder groups, geographical region, and gender will be split into break-out groups to share their points of view from different perspectives for 10 mins.

4) Open Floor Discussion: 25 mins

To further expand and deepen the discussion, the floor will be opened for comments, questions, and suggestions for further actions of different communities and stakeholder groups. By setting up an open-floor discussion, it allows and empowers attendees to advocate their opinions and points of view of the communities they are representing. This session is expected to be dynamic and interactive, in which the moderator(s) will queue up the audience and speakers for questions, responses or comments upon requests. The discussion will also be sought from remote participants, who will be welcome to engage and be involved in the open floor discussion.

5) Action & Output: 10 mins

Based on the collective experiences in the session, the moderator(s) will summarize the discussions in the previous section and move forward to explore any potential actions, activities or collaborations for regional youth initiatives and other stakeholder groups. These future ideas will aim to enhance and encourage higher youth participation and engagement in the IG process, proliferating Internet ethics and policies from the youth perspectives for digital inclusion. The suggested action items, activities, collaborations, the case sharing(s) from the discussion, and any public comments will be the output for the report of the session.


Session Organizers
avatar for Jenna Man Hau Fung

Jenna Man Hau Fung

Community Engagement Lead, NetMission.Asia - DotAsia Organisation
I am currently in charge of the NetMission Program. I initially joined NetMission.Asia in 2017 as NetMission Ambassador. Since then, I have been involved in a variety of youth projects e.g. Hong Kong YIGF 2019, 078 Kobe Fest Mock ICANN Bootcamp, Asia Pacific YIGF 2018 & 2019, NetMission@APIGA... Read More →


Wednesday November 27, 2019 11:30 - 13:00
Raum IV Sonnenallee 225, 12057 Berlin, Germany

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