Date: 30 Jun – 3 Jul 2015
Meeting Venue and Accommodation: Macau University of Science & Technology
Eligibility: Students who are in their tertiary education
Fee: Free of Charge (including accommodation and meal)
Application Deadline: 5 June 2015
Enquiry Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Apply?
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What is Youth IGF?
Youth as a majority of Internet user group, their voices are however less heard in any decision making process. With a dedication to raise the awareness of Youth on Internet governance and encourage the young generation to participate in the policy discussion, a group of NetMission Ambassadors (http://www.netmission.asia) has initiated the Youth Internet Governance Forum (YIGF) in 2010 in parallel with the APrIGF.
Inspired by United Nation’s Internet Governance Forum, the Youth IGF takes the same multi-stakeholders’ approach as the global IGF. YIGF is usually a 4-day-3 nights camp which participants are assigned a role as one of the interest group such as government, private sectors and NGOs. During the camp, they are encouraged to think from a new standpoint. Based on equality, YIGF provides an open platform for young generation to express and interchange their ideas and own thoughts on Internet governance freely. It also serves as a preparation camp for them to understand various Internet issues and open their door to the international policy discussion.
One of the core features of the Youth IGF is that the facilitators are all youth themselves i.e. NetMission Ambassadors which signifies the empowerment of youth as well as the peer-to-peer impact.
- Build the capacity of young adults to participate in Internet governance Discussion
- Encourage youth to attend and bring contribution to actual Internet Governance Discussion
- Provide platform for cultivating idea for social change and further actualizing the initiative for a healthy and harmonious Internet
- Develop youth network on Internet Governance
Key Feature -Role-Play Discussion
All youth participants were assigned to different stakeholder groups for example Civil Society, Private Sectors, Governments, etc. for the discussion of various Internet governance issues. The aim of this simulation session is to let the youth to put themselves into other people’s shoes and encourage them to think from a multi-stakeholder perspective.
After experiencing different multi-stakeholder perspective of thinking in role-play discussion, preparatory session will be organized to discuss some of the APrIGF workshop’s discussion topics from youth perspective. While the best way of practice is by actual participation, yIGF participants will attend some of APrIGF workshop and sit as panelist to share their discussion outcomes after internal discussion in preparatory session, that youth can bring contribution to actual IG discussion in APrIGF.
NetMission.Asia (http://www.netmission.asia) is an Ambassadors Program supported by DotAsia Organisation, which aims to bring together a network of dedicated young volunteers to get devoted to promoting digital inclusion, Internet governance as well as a respectable and harmonious Internet environment.
The program recruits a group of students from top local tertiary institutes and universities in Hong Kong every year. We train and sustain a network of volunteers to contribute to digital inclusion works. We are endeavoring to empower young minds, through training, exchange opportunities, international conferences and community projects, therefore to constructively contribute to the local, regional and global Internet governance discourse.
NetMission has always been supporting youth participation on Internet governance and the ambassadors themselves are actively participating in various international Internet conferences such as ICANN meetings, United Nations Internet Governance Forum (UNIGF), Asia Pacific Next Generation Camp (APNG Camp), etc. As NetMission is endeavored to empower and engage youth on Internet governance discussion, the ambassadors have been organizing the Youth Internet Governance Forum (yIGF) in different Asia Pacific countries since 2010 in Hong Kong. It has been successfully held in Singapore, Tokyo, South Korea, India and the upcoming one in 2015 will be in Macao, China. The ambassadors have also initiated the NextGen@ICANN program in Singapore for tertiary students in the region in 2014, and it kicks off as a pilot to deploy the NextGen@ICANN initiative in ICANN meeting for youth engagement in actual Internet policy discussion.