Internet Governance Forum 2018

PARIS, FRANCE, 12-14 November 2018 Sunium was present and co-organised two sessions at this years Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Paris 12-14 November. IGF serves as a global platform that facilitates discussion between different multi-stakeholders to tackle challenges and opportunities for the future of Internet.

The first session titled “Developing Youth Participation at the IGF” was organised by Sunium CEO and Steering Committee Member representing the WEOG & EEG UN Regional Groups Nadia Tjahja. The session focused on engaging in  dialogue with youth stakeholders in relation to youth participation in Internet Governance. Alongside Ms Tjahja, interventions were held by Su Sonia Herring from SEEDIG and IGF Turkey and Haris Kyritsis who presented the Youth Messages from YOUthDIG. Building up on last years question, Nadia unfolded the years work and youth involvement in Internet Governance.

Full recording of “Developing Youth Participation at the IGF” session is available on the IGF youtube channel. A report from the session is available here.

Ms Tjahja also co-organised and co-moderated the main session on development, innovation and economic issues titled “Effective policies for inclusive and prosperous digital transformation – what’s needed?” The session was co-moderated by Diego Molano Vega, the Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Business Action to Support the Information Society initiative and former minister for ICT of Colombia. Organisers convened leading experts and relevant stakeholders to discuss policy approaches needed to showcast how IGF communities are working in relation with Sustainable Development goals. The panel hosted high level speakers such as, Ms Céline Saada-Benaben, the General Manager of eBay and Mr. Andres Sastre, Regional Director at the Inter-American Association of Telecommunications Companies.

For concluding remarks moderator Mr Vega summarised: “If we want to have inclusive and prosperous Internet transformation, we should focus on people and education, not technology. Hence, the main challenge remains, how we prepare people for this new economy?”

Full video recording is available here from 1:37:30.

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