NRI and Youth Assembly – Update on the global processes and how to participate? – Pre 04 2022

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20 June 2022 | 14:45 - 16:15 CEST | SISSA Main Auditorium | Live streaming | Live transcription
Consolidated programme 2022 overview / Day 0

Official launch of IGF 2022 youth track focused on digital transformation and IG engagement

Session teaser

Building on the demand from young people, as well as on the outputs of the last year’s Global Youth Summit and related youth engagement opportunities, the IGF 2022 aims at creating a set of activities to connect youth from around the world among themselves, and also create opportunities for them to network with senior stakeholders, experts in Internet governance. As digital transformation was among the topics of interest to youth, the capacity development activities will also tackle specific issues nested under this broad theme.

This workshop will outline the basics of digital transformation and related digital policy and is the first capacity development workshop of the IGF 2022 Youth Engagement Track.

Session description

We are living in a time when each and every aspect of our lives is going through digital transformation, ‎from education and work to communication and entertainment. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted ‎the power and importance of digital technologies. While the physical distancing measures associated with ‎the pandemic have closed schools across the world, disrupted people’s ability to work and forced families ‎and friends to stay apart, the Internet has enabled many to continue their education and jobs and ‎maintain social interaction.‎ However, the increase in the use of online technologies prompted by COVID-19 has exacerbated many ‎digital policy-related issues and has starkly illustrated the widening gap between the connected and ‎unconnected. For example, it has highlighted the importance of issues related to online security and ‎safety, data protection and utilisation, as well as freedoms and rights on the Internet. Even before the ‎pandemic, there was broad recognition of the need to conquer the digital divide, particularly the gender ‎digital divide, as well as online segregation and discrimination of various marginalised groups. These ‎problems have been around ever since the Internet entered our lives, just over 50 years ago, and the ‎complexity and global nature of the issues require the involvement of multiple generations. The ‎youth of today will be tomorrow’s Internet leaders and experts. The sooner we start developing the ‎capacity of today’s youth, the sooner we can start to make progress, across the generations, and create ‎an Internet that benefits all. ‎


14:45 - Welcome and Introductions

14:50 - Youth in Internet Governance: why and how (with Q&A)

15:15 - What is digital transformation about? Looking at key trends, issues and opportunities (with Q&A)

15:45 - Youth on their way to IGF in Ethiopia

16:10 - Closing

Further reading

Links to relevant websites, declarations, books, documents. Please note we cannot offer web space, so only links to external resources are possible. Example for an external link: Main page of EuroDIG


Key participants:

  • Nadia Tjahja is the youth coordinator for the Youth Dialogue on Internet Governance (YOUthDIG). She is also the Communications Committee Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) and sits on the Youth Advisory Board of EURid. Previously she was the Youth Coalition on Internet Governance (YCIG) representative for WEOG in 2017-2019.
  • Elisabeth Schauermann, IGF Germany
  • Anja Gengo, IGF
  • Daniel Akinmade Emejulu, Microsoft UN Affairs
  • Rapporteur: Lily Edinam Botsyoe