THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS, 16-18 June 2019 Sunium organised and facilitated the process of shaping one of the most important outcomes of the Youth Dialogue on Internet Governance (YouthDIG) – the youth messages. They were later on presented at the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) and the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2019.
Youth participants started shaping their messages in April. YouthDIG co-organiser and Sunium Co-Founder Nadia Tjahja hosted the webinar where participants shared their thoughts and ideas on the opening question: “Which issues do you want to highlight as priority key points at EuroDIG to European stakeholders?”
In the 1.5 hours spent together, participants built an online map in which different ideas were brought together. Having those ideas in mind, participants met in person in the Hague, where they further developed and finalised the messages. Sunium Officer Virginija Balciunaite and YouthDIG Co-Organiser Charalampos Kyritsis guided them along the way: “by using the Syntegration methodology we facilitated the process and after a few short hours ended up with a document, which outlines the voice of the youth in the digital space.”
Sunium Co-Founder and CEO Nadia Tjahja explains the effectiveness of the method:
From an early stage, it became clear to the participants that they seek to focus on solutions-oriented messages. They wanted something concrete that can be discussed, argued and further developed and move away from the abstract. During the session, they emphasised the importance of ensuring that the messages were kept in mind with a focus on the future and access for all. One of the messages also stated concerns for online harms and building a curriculum that would be regulated to ensure the teaching of digital literacy. The latter discussion point was taken on to the panel of “Online Harms – A regulation minefield?”
YouthDIG takes places every year as an introductory programme for youth participants. Should you wish to take part this year, make sure to apply here! The applications for YouthDIG 2020 are open now until 23 February.