Keynote 03 2020

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12 June 2020 | 16:30-17:00 | Studio The Hague | Live streaming | Transcript | Forum
Consolidated programme 2020 overview / Day 2


  • Presenting Youth Messages
    (30 min)

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>> SANDRA HOFERICHTER: Welcome back to this last segment of this year’s EuroDIG. We’re now going to listen to the youth messages. Those who know EuroDIG know that we have a youth programme dedicated for the youth, for the young people across Europe, we call it YouthDIG relating to our EuroDIG programme directly.

The thing this year was, we started with a call of application and a process thinking welding together, when we made the selections and letters to participants, they had been sent, we had to take the hard decision to move to a virtual meeting. However, thanks to the YouthDIG planning programme meeting, they moved from a physical meeting to a virtual meeting in a very short timeframe. This was really amazing. I would like to thank in particular the five people on the programme Committee. (listed names).

And all the logistics were to be done there, and he was helpful in the selection process. We receive nearly 200 applications and decided for around 25, 30 participants who then participated in a series of webinars organized by the five people I just mentioned. Since Nadia was wolfed in – can I see you on the screen? Nadia was involved in the drafting of the messages and everything, I think Nadia is the best to guide us through the youth messages, explaining a little bit more in detail what you have done during the day. Again, you did all a really amazing job in setting this up in such a short time. You had less time than we had for EuroDIG and you did it in a remarkable way.

Thank you very much. Over to you, Nadia.

>> NADIA TJAHJA: Hello! How are you doing?

>> How to stay safe online?

>> How to trust?

>> Produced using much simpler tools.

>> Deep and widespread mistrust of people from all over the world for the mainstream media and the mainstream politicians.

>> The more you try to limit something, the more people behind it fight back.

>> So that the web is not something parallel to politics but something mix.

>> It is important that you raise to the attention issues that you’re facing in communities. These are people who don’t always see what is happening on the ground.

>> You know, online space, it is still a space that’s occupied by people.

>> Social networks are the key of social political and cultural links.

>> The debate live, okay, for both literacy, talk, communicate, create a common language.

>> We have the moral duty to be active in the political pea bait.

>> How can you communicate to others about them so that they understand what you’re talking about even without knowing what you’re talking.

>> What are issues most important for you?

>> You want to advocate, you have to have a common grind ask, okay, what are our common value.

>> Most blunders of NGOs around the world, they would not handoff grants to a youth organization because they don’t believe that we are serious enough to develop our own projects.

>> If we’re running a panel about a particular policy issue, let’s just make that proposal ourselves.

>> NADIA TJAHJA: I will now give the floor to Elisabeth Schauermann, whose been the coordinator of our session. Please go ahead.

>> Thank you, Nadia. I guess this is my spot here. Thank you.

Cool video! As mentioned participants have help me with being studio host the last few day, here and now I have the honor of speaking to you as my role between the youth DIG programme Committee that was introduced. It is a tradition we have that every year we try to give around 25 to 30 young people the opportunity to participate in YouthDIG and active in EuroDIG bringing them in as newcomer, giving them an opportunity to make their voice prepared. Usually we do this in a two, three‑day preevent, right before EuroDIG starts in the city where EuroDIG takes place and we always try to provide a place for young people to learn about Internet Governance, build a network and to find common ground to connect.

We will present the outcome but we will briefly tell you how to restructure YouthDIG this year in light of COVID‑19. From the selected participants, we asked them if they would be willing to also participate in a series of webinars in an online meeting, and thankfully, many said yes and it turned out to work really well because all of our participants showed up with high‑level insights throughout the six‑week period that we asked them to convene basically every Saturday to discuss. We conducted four webinars on the Internet Governance ecosystem, on content, Human Rights, policy advocacy and then we identified key issues that the YouthDIG participants wanted to bring to the table. We have the facilitator of the policy drafting and Nadia will tell you herself how the participants were empowered to come up with the YouthDIG messages of 2020.

>> NADIA TJAHJA: Thank you very much.

For the youth message, we collected, discussed, coordinated the available knowledge that was in this varied group. They come from a varied background so it is a reflection of the concerns and thoughts that are happening in local communities throughout Europe. These are the ideas that participants feel could address their concerns. Therefore, we focused on solution‑oriented messages. The term solution‑oriented, it is seen here contrary to abstract or motherhood statement, to make a message and allowing for discussions that would challenge people to know more about the topic or otherwise to look at the issue and come up with a better solution or to find ways to everybody.

I don’t want to talk too much about it myself. I would like to, therefore, ask Sofia from YouthDIG to take the floor.

>> SOFIA BADARI: Hello, everyone. We’re from YouthDIG2020, young people from different backgrounds and countries, this year EuroDIG is different from previous years as it is organized online. Also – (poor audio quality) – wide range of topics, including improved internet access, information online, this information, in fact the youth participated in the Internet Governance, really would like to thank all the participants that helped us discuss this together and bring focus together during the period and the approach and the varied dialogue and common ground. Despite that, we have had the decisions of decision makers making today, they’ll affect our lives. In fact, in the future, (poor audio quality).

We can learn from each other, the information classrooms and online, all of the participants camel together with this approach and had message, everything from decision making, policymakers, we had our voices heard and worked together and looked at the political science aspect considering that the protection –

>> NADIA TJAHJA: Sophia, we’re not hearing you very clearly. I don’t think she can hear me either.

>> Sofia: Yeah. I can hear you.

>> NADIA TJAHJA: We can’t hear you clear. Your connection is bricking up.

I kindly – sorry, can I therefore ask Chris, could you jump in and go back a little bit over the points? We lost you and the connection has been dropping. I’m sorry.


Sophia choke, we want to thank all of the other youth participants. What they’re saying here, it is not just between ourselves but also on the participant here despite not meeting in person, we have been able to work together through the weekends and we have a lot of issues and all of these issues we bring forth we believe are did he goes we take today and will influence our lives tomorrow. Tomorrow as things are really changing fast, we’re learning, we can all learn from each other and work together to address the Internet Governance issues.

Our different programs, they have made it possible for us to analyze the different aspects of the Internet Governance from the legal aspect and the digital protection in relation to minority discrimination and children exploitation online. We also consider the topic of blockchain and the need to improve research in this field and security and transparency issues. Finally we also consider that the importance of limiting the impact of the earn online and mitigate the plan.

Now I will go ahead and describe some of our specific youth messages. We have four messages: The first message pertains to data protection. This is practices involving data protection that affect minorities and centers of violence, they need to be addressed in data protection regulations. Representatives of the groups and communities could be included in the policymaking process so that he can it raise issues. Companies should not – if a collection, a processing, if it has no informed consent. Companies should follow ethical designs to recognize that as a violation of GDPR. Governments and child protection services should be trained to address the issue of bullying and they should train parents. Parents should help children learn about the risk of sharing information online and build trust with their children so that they understand fully.

Second message, it concerns internet access and inclusion. The government, independent regulatory agencies in cooperation with private sector to establish universal connectivity with regulatory frameworks to leverage community networks as solutions to provide internet access in rural or remote areas. We advocate for public private partnerships to set up internet booths, telecommunication centers with technical health, government monitoring and physical infrastructure.

We call on governments to dedicate Internet Governance around – Internet Governance awareness as a part of the Strategic Plan programme to bring the topic of big news to the center of attention. Guidelines and regulations should be enacted to protect fake news news, to collaborate the discussion between Civil Society and government based on guidelines held by the Council of Europe.

Third message, it is with regards to blockchain. Tech practice should conduct more research and aggregate use cases for applications where blockchain can be useful. Security and transparency are still problematic in the face of online working, identity and public procurement. Youth need to be educated on advanced technologies so that they can aggregate for the proper use of the technologies. Finally, we believe that the internet play as vital role in an environmental sustainability, it is essential for all stakeholders including tech companies and epicenter and government to gage in dialogue and draft policies to incentivize this. This process and others should be transparent, accountable based on scientific research and to the foundation of all stakeholders.

Thank you.

>> AUKE PALS: Are there any questions at this point from the audience.

I don’t see any raised hands or question in the chat.

I think we can continue.

>> NADIA TJAHJA: I’m distracted moderating the session and magic the technical facilities, it is challenging, it is fun so far. Bless forgive me if Alka has to give me a nudge. I’m doing my best.

What I actually – there are more people from YouthDIG present here. First of all, I thought perhaps we could listen a little bit more from Deborah and Mary who were loading advocacy. How were youth involved during EuroDIG in the past two days? Perhaps could you give a little bit of insight or comment on how we’re trying to reach out to the people to share our perspectives?

That’s very nice that I say that, I also need to unmute you!

>> AUKE PALS: I did.

>> DEBORA BARLETTA: Thank you for this space to open my connection. You are doing a great job, not just because we’re teammates for YouthDIG, it is difficult and it has been difficult as well to keep up the engagement as you said with young people considering that we had to move all our programme on an online sphere when you’re talking about an offline meeting where people meet each other, network, come up with a strategy. For some of them, it was their first experience with Internet Governance environment. This exactly was our aim and make young people empowered enough to make the best of their participation to environments as provided by EuroDIG which is, as we know, it is very big, very vital, but it is a young audience that somehow you don’t feel enough prepared.

We build all of our programs in order to facilitate a better access of young people to the environment of EuroDIG, and that’s the ratio that was behind the session that was presented before. We imagined our YouthDIG programme as an ideal journey that would allow young person participants not only to gather knowledge but to feel strong enough to raise their voice and to raise their needs when it comes to internet governance. We hope that we achieved that, and to be honest, it is – you know, reading them out loud, it was a great moment, it was really thanks to them, to their commitment, they’re willing to learn more to come up with the messages, they came up with this messages. You know, it was not easy to be committed for more than five weeks, six actually, and, you know, keep being part of this process. Also dedicated more time to the work, to the task, you know, trying to follow in a participatory method because we know online is not easy. Thank you to all of the team efforts, every part was graded by a part of the youth dig team and that was a trend that we had. I would also like to hear Mary’s point of view because I have been talking a lot.

Meri, to you.

>> MERI BAGHDASARYAN: I congratulate the YouthDIG participants for the amazing work they have done in the last month. I’m impressed with their commitment, their expectations and participation and the ability to adopt to this new set of circumstances so quickly and so well. We even managed to organize the youth messages process online within four hours which was a short period to come up with this interesting ideas that we shared today with you all.

I also want to highlight that actually I think we all know that EuroDIG is not just a conference, a community, I think with our team, the programme Committee, everyone involved with the team, I’m very thankful, it was great to collaborate with all of you, I think we did what we could in this new reality to empower and equip our participants with the skills and inspire them to go ahead, to get more involved in the system and networking is not easy in this new reality. We also managed to not only have experts on different topics, but also introduce our participants to Internet Governance and to have a session on participation, advocacy, how they can stay involved with bigger Internet Governance ecosystem. I congratulate all our YouthDIGers once again, we’re proud of you and hope to collaborate with you again.

See you all around. Thank you.

>> NADIA TJAHJA: Thank you very much, thank you to Auke for unmuting myself.

I would like to ask if any YouthDIGers would like to jump in.

>> Hello. I’m glad to be here. I hope you hear me clear, some of the fields we came up with, they had questions, I would be glad to answer them.

>> NAUDIA TJAHJA: Thank you very much. That leads to the audience. I see there is so many people who are experts and specialists in so many of these fields. What are your initial thoughts about the youth messages? I believe that the youth messages, the entire link to the document in itself was dropped in the chat. If you would like to look at it, our remote moderator is dropping the youth messages again in the chat. If you had any question or reflections perhaps, was there anything that came up either during you’re EuroDIG, anything in the field that you would leak to comment on.

>> AUKE PALS: I received a message, a private message to Sebastiaan. The question is, how would you explain an experience that – your experience with YouthDIG so far online?


I think the YouthDIG experience was amazing with all the webinars we had. It was the first time for me to participate in EuroDIG and I thought the webinars were helpful to introduce me to this field and come up with ideas and they were supportive in making the messages and I think this platform is very good forgiving good advice to Internet Governance.

>> NADIA TJAHJA: Thank you so much. I see that Veronica is online. Veronica, would you like to say something and join in a conversation?

>> VERONICA BIRINDELLI: It was a tremendous experience. It gave us all of the opportunity to network among young people from different paths and countries, and a great aspect about this community, it is that we can all work on the same issues and we find common grounds and see how we can all solve the problems coming from different perspectives, coming up with new solutions. I think we really did a great job and we build a great team given all of the difficulties that we encountered, you know, with the pandemic and I think we still managed to really give very important messages and I’m very proud of us all.

I also want to thank you all.

>> NADIA TJAHJA: Thank you for sharing your experience.

I see that Alessia is in the room.

Would you like to also make some of your comments?

>> ALESSIA SPOSINI: Thank you for the floor and the staff of youth day. It was an amazing experience. We had the opportunity to confront ourselves with other dimensions of the Internet Governance issues. It was very, very helpful. I hope to see you all the next year. Thank you.

>> NAUDIA TJAHJA: Thank you so much.

>> AUKE PALS: Yes. I’m seeing a question in chat.

From Emily, the question is does the YouthDIG youth team engage with Students United Nations at all?

>> NAUDIA TJAHJA: I’ll leave that question to Elisabeth.

>> Good question. We are part of the universe that’s present in the U.N. IGF with our messages. We’ll take a that on, see if we can further network. If I’m allowed to, Nadia, I would also say a few words about the process leading up to next year and how we’ll do this, obviously everybody that participated, is a young person, knows young people, spread the word. All of those who participated and were elected, we always do it in such a way that this is really an empowering exercise so those who were part of YouthDIG this year and previous years, they’re really invited into the EuroDIG community to become active members in the next years and we really hope that this is where we can keep this continuum of young people coming in and those who have already been part of this experience to lift up the newcomers that come in which has worked out amazingly. So all the people that have been part of the team organizing, they have informal participants as well. I think this is a good opportunity for everyone to dip their toes into the waters with a bit of help from our side.

>> NAUDIA TJAHJA: I think there is a question.

>> AUKE PALS: Yes. There’s a question.

I’m seeing a question on what do our youth take out of this process into their daily lives and education? Any changes to your thoughts on the internet?

>> NAUDIA TJAHJA: So I see Stanislav on the lean. Would you take this question?

>> STANISLAV MAHULA: Thank you very much.

I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to be present. When I first learned that the YouthDIG was taking place online I was a bit frustrated, then I realized maybe this is the first step towards the governance of the internet because we don’t really need to meet physically to actually make our voices heard and personally, what was my main take away, I have learned a lot about the whole ecosystem of the government internet and no matter how old you are, whether you are – the representative of the youth sector, an experienced person, it doesn’t matter. Everybody behind the scenes of the internet is equal and this exercise is great to make sure that we can actually work our ideas out.

Thank you so much for that.

>> NADIA TJAHJA: Thank you for your intervention.

I really, really appreciate your contributions to the session.

Noting quietly the time, we’re about to go in final Plenary, I see one last question.

>> AUKE PALS: Yes. That’s right.

Also asking to unmute yourself.

There’s a question besides YouthDIG, what do you think of EuroDIG’s usefulness and correlation between the two?

>> NAUDIA TJAHJA: That’s a very good question. I’m just wondering whether Kris, would you like to take this question?

>> KRIS SHRISHAK: I think there were quite a few topics where there was an overlap between what we discussed during YouthDIG and there were some topics where there wasn’t necessarily an overlap. For example, I think during EuroDIG we discussed at least some of the sessions that I participated in, we discussed at quite some length about standards and that is something that we did not discuss much in YouthDIG but there were other issues such as whether internet should be a Human Rights, so this kind of issue, definitely there was an overlap in YouthDIG and EuroDIG.

>> NAUDIA TJAHJA: Thank you very much.

So now we come to the end of the keynote on the youth message, I hope you still will consider to look through the youth messages and if you have further comments, don’t hesitate to send them to us and we would like to know more. Especially now that you have read them, do consider them and see how it reflects on the sessions that you are doing, whether that’s at euro did he go, at the IGF, any other platform that you’re in, these are young people coming from local communities, these are issues that they’re facing. This is what they think are the solutions to resolve the issues that they are encountering. It is about they’re future. We hope that you will support how their future will look leak by including them in the conversation.

That being said, thank you so much.