YOUthDIG 03 2021

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25 June 2021 | 18:00-19:30 CEST
YOUthDIG 2021 programme

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Working title: Social Evening: Living Library

Session teaser

The European Dialogue on Internet Governance can’t possibly work without people getting together and discussing, that’s why we want to kick-off this year’s YouthDIG with an online Living Library, which would allow all the participants to meaningfully interact and exchange stories, practices and experiences regarding Internet Governance.


The Living Library is a well-known format that it’s possible to reproduce online thanks to Zoom’s breakout Rooms. The concept behind Living Libraries is simple:

Some of the participants are considered to be the “books” and the others take up the role of the “readers”. The latter borrow the ‘book’ for three rounds of brief conversations (20 minutes each) during the event.

You will meet one-on-one or in small groups, via Zoom breakout rooms, so these will be personalized conversations (not presentations).

Prior to the event, the bios of the ‘books’ as well as the focus of the conversation with each ‘book’ will be shared with the YouthDIG participants in a questionnaire to indicate their preferences (mentioning their top 3 choices). The organisers then will match the ‘readers’ with the ‘books’ of their top priorities. Every reader can participate in up to 3 rounds of conversations.

How does it work?

  • When the event starts, all ‘books’ and ‘readers’ will be in one large Zoom call. The hosts will welcome everyone and provide a brief introduction.
  • All books and readers will have been pre-assigned into Zoom breakout rooms (1 ‘book’ per room, along with 1-3 ‘readers’). We as the hosts will initiate the movement to the breakout room (after the introduction), and you'll then find yourself in a 'mini' Zoom call, where you can begin your conversation.
  • Be sure to have everyone in your breakout room introduce themselves, and then you can start the discussion in the way you wish (this should all take less than 5 minutes). You may shortly present your organisation’s current work on a specific issue.
  • Then you have the remaining time for the ‘readers’ to ask questions and to share additional insight (based on your preferences of what you wish to share, and the interests of the ‘readers’).
  • There will be a 2-minute warning pop-up in the break-out room (at the 18-minute mark), before you are all 'zoomed back' into the main meeting. Then the process will repeat itself for the following break-out sessions with different ‘readers’.

Further reading

The “Human Library” guide, developed by the A.R.T. Fusion Association and Youth with a Global Vision Organisation as part of the “Don’t judge a Book by its Covers” project. And available here.

“Don't judge a book by its cover! - The Living Library Organiser's Guide 2011” by Council of Europe, available here.


Session organisers:

  • Meri Baghdasaryan
  • Debora Barletta

Key participants:

  • Eileen Cejas, YCIG/Youth SIG

Topic: Youth and Mechanisms of Participation- Intersessional Work within the IGF

Bio:Eileen has been involved in Internet Governance as ARGENSIG Fellow (2018), IGF Internet Society’s Youth Ambassador (2019), Fellowship Selection’s Committee of the YouthLACIGF (2019) and many more; including her participation at the Creating Networks Project Competition, where she was awarded with the recognition of “Most Inclusive Project” with the “Project WeAre”, which was a series of webinars about gender inclusion in 2019. In 2020 she was one of the 50 youth experts for theYouth4DigitalSustainability program at the Working Group “Internet for Social Cohesion”. Currently she is the coordinator of the YouthLACIGF, Youth IGF Argentina and IGF Argentina participates at the IGF Working Groups on “Strengthening the Internet” and “Hybrid meetings”.

  • Mattia Fantinati, IGF MAG

Topic: What's an MP? What's a MAG member?

Bio: The Hon. Mattia Fantinati is currently serving as a Member of the House of Representatives (“Camera dei Deputati”) within the Italian Parliament. His main areas of interest are Digital Transformation in Government and Innovation Management in Public and Private Organizations. For the Italian Government he follows IGF (Internet Governance Forum) initiatives and he is member of Italy IGF 2020 Program Committee and supporting the activation of “IGF Italia” At the United Nations Mattia represents Italian Government at the roundtables of the HLPDC (High Level Panel of Digital Cooperation) and he’s a member of MAG (MultistakeholderAdvisory Group) which its purpose is to advise the Secretary-General on the IGF (Internet Governance Forum).As a Member of Parliament, Mattia sits on two Permanent Commissions of the Italian House of Representatives: Foreign Affairs and Defence and besides on the commission of Artificial Intelligence of Italian Parliament.Mattia is a member of OECD Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence. Mattia is an engineer by education and training. He attended programs at Bocconi School of Management and at the Manchester Metropolitan University and the London School of Economics. As an engineer, he was a member of the Council of the Italian Society of Engineers of Verona (“Consiglio degli Ingegneri”), where he addressed topics related to IT and Digital Transformation.

  • Roberto Gaetano, ICANN

Topic: The Domain name system, ICANN and the role of youth

Bio: Roberto Gaetano started becoming involved in Internet Governance in 1997, during the creation of ICANN. He has been a member of the Steering Committee of the IFWP - International Forum on the White Paper - and participated in the formation of the PSO - Protocol Supporting Organization - and the DNSO - Domain Names Supporting Organization. In 2000 and 2001 he served as Chairman of the DNSO General Assembly. In 2003 he was appointed to the newly created ALAC - At-Large Advisory Committee - serving also as ICANN Board Liaison for three years. He was appointed to the ICANN Board in 2006, serving also as Vice-Chairperson of the Board. Other ICANN-related experiences include six years in the Board of PIR - Public Interest Registry - the registry that manages several gTLDs, including .org and four IDN TLDs - Internationalized Domain Names Top Level Domains. At present, he is ex-officio in the Board of EURALO - the organization of European Internet Users - chairing also the EURALO Individual User Association.

  • Joshua Josh, West African Youth IGF

Topic: Youth participation and engagement in Internet Governance in West Africa

Bio: Joshua Joshua holds a Computer Science degree from the University of Port Harcourt Nigeria. He has built tech communities that empower young people through capacity building and internship opportunities. He is currently the Operations Manager at Access Internet an indigenous Internet Service provider in Nigeria and a Co-Coordinator for the Africa Youth Internet Governance Forum. Joshua is passionate about the internet and youth involvement in Internet Governance and currently coordinates the West Africa Youth Internet Governance Forum. He led the maiden edition of West Africa Youth IGF in Gambia and was instrumental in the first-ever virtual West Africa Internet Governance Forum. He also led the organization of the 2020 West Africa School of Internet Governance which was attended by participants from 15+ West African countries. Joshua also volunteers to assist the start of National and Regional Initiatives for youth in different regions.

  • Gergana Petrova, RIPE NCC

Topic: Can we balance different national interests while preserving a global Internet?

Bio: Gergana is part of the team that lead the RIPE NCC's engagement with a broad range of stakeholders, including the RIPE NCC membership, the RIPE community, government, law enforcement and other Internet stakeholders. In addition, Gergana is in charge of the academic engagement at RIPE NCC and coordinates the RIPE Academic Cooperation Initiative (RACI), which funds students and researchers to present their work at RIPE NCC’s events. Gergana is also very involved in the Internet Governance field – contributing to meetings on a global, regional and national level, organising and delivering webinars and presentations.

  • Alejandra Prieto, Internet Society

Topic: Internet Society and Youth Engagement in Internet Governance

Bio: Alejandra Prieto joined the Internet Society in June 2017, and she is now the Senior Manager of Fellowship Programs, in charge of the design, development, launch, implementation and management of Fellowships (Early Career Fellowship and Mid Career Fellowship) and Leadership Programs (such as the IGF Youth Ambassador Program). She is passionate about empowering youth, fostering collaborations, and identifying opportunities to keep developing the Internet, ensuring that it remains open, globally connected, secure and trustworthy. Alejandra holds a Master’s degree in International Strategic Management from the University of Paris, and two Bachelor's degrees – in Economics and in Business Administration & Management – from the University of Oviedo (Spain) and Maastricht University (The Netherlands). She has lived in 5 countries – Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Switzerland – and is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian. Alejandra is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Giovanni Seppia, EURid

Topic: EURid - Activities, Priorities and Youth engagement

Bio: Giovanni Seppia has been the International Relations Manager of EURid, the registry operator of the .eu ccTLD name since 2007. His main responsibility is to represent the EURid and maintain its relationship with international Internet organizations particularly with ICANN and the Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries (CENTR). Since May 2017, Giovanni has been a member of the eco Association Names & Numbers Steering Committee.