YouthDIG 2019: Preparing future Internet Governance leaders

THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS, 16-18 June 2019 Sunium CEO Nadia Tjahja co-organised and co-led Youth Dialogue on Internet Governance (YouthDIG), a three day youth programme that prepared youth to take part to represent their voice during the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) at the World Forum.  

YouthDIG united over 20 young professionals and activists from various European corners in the Dutch capital to discuss digital affairs. However the preparation for selected participants started already in April with online meetings, where they gained insights into the topic and started shaping their ideas on the Internet Governance

After successful online meetings, participants met each other in real life on the 15th June in the Hague. The pre-event programme included ice-breakers, interactive sessions, networking, debates and meetings with local guests. On the very first day, YouthDIG’ers were warmly welcomed by Salima Oualite from the Municipality of The Hague and Arnold van Rhijn from Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. WIth the encouraging remarks, participants were ready to embrace topics, such as Human Rights in Digital Era, Cybersecurity and Access and Literacy with experienced net politics practitioners. 

Besides intense learning and discussions, participants were invited to join various social activities. They experienced cooking together at Kookfabriek, Dinners at finest Dutch restaurants and more socialising in an informal setting. 

Youth Fellow from Armenia Meri Baghdasaryan shares her thoughts:

“Summing up my worthwhile experience at YouthDIG 2019, I would highlight that it was a dynamic, thought provoking and fascinating forum. I truly enjoyed networking with fellow YouthDIGers from all over Europe and was honored to serve as a  panelist during EuroDIG2019, presenting the youth perspective on future of regulation of online harms”.

YouthDIG takes places every year as an introductory programme for youth participants. Should you wish to take part next year, follow the updates on the EuroDIG website!

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