Youth involvement in Internet Governance

04 September 2014 - A Workshop on Istanbul,Turkey


IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

IGF & The Future of the Internet Ecosystem


The European as well as global youth organisations so far are failing to provide for the youth to participate in the digital policy debate on global level of the Internet Governance. Due to complexity and exclusivity of political IG processes, lack of institutionalised framework for participation, lack of capacity building on the mass scale and civil society bubble, current models of participation are not feasible for the digital policy debates.
The aforementioned factors create barriers and problems for the young people to participate in global Internet Governance fora. They raise concerns if youth participation is fulfilled and working in the digital policy field of global Internet Governance.
Youth involvement in the Internet Governance Discussion e.g. IG therefore appears to be stunted, and remains a field of further development. The workshop aims to map the status of youth participation in a two-folded approach: firstly, current barriers for young people to get involved directly in the IG Discussions shall be identified. Complementary, the workshop aims to share good practice and map opportunities for young people to get involved in IG Discussions (e.g. how to attract young people, setting up a hub, preparing material).


1. Introduction (5mins)
- Recap of the foundlings from WS.119 at IGF Azerbaijan (
- Setting the scene and workshop aim: How can we promote the youth participation in internet governance on the national/international policy making level?

2. Policy Making Bodies/IG-related Institution Representatives (~15mins)
- What are the current practices for engaging youth in your policy discussion within your organisation/country? Any future plans?

3. Youth Representatives Sharing (~25mins)
- To share the current youth programs they joined and the achievement
- To share their challenges on participation in Internet governance field and actual policy level

4. Open discussion (~40 mins)
- Mapping the gap: what is lacking? (a platform, resources or promotion? etc.)
- Exploring gap fillers: what do we need to bridge the youth, NGOs and governments/policy making bodies?
- How to foster collaboration between the civil society and the policy making bodies to enable youth participation in Internet Governance?

5. Wrap-up (5mins)

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Nadine Karbach & Lorena Jaume-Palasi
Civil Society, Youth IGF Germany

David NG
Civil Society, Netmission.Asia

Martin Fischer & Anya Orlova
Civil Society & Academia, Network of EuRopean Digital Youth

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report

Type of session

Other - Roundtable combined with capacity building session

Duration of proposed session


Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#youth participation, #inclusion, # equal participation, #digital policy, #youth, #involvement #outreach #goodpractice #borders

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

Md. Nazrul Islam Khan, Secretary, ICT Division, Government of Bangladesh, Government
Chaturvedi, Subi, The Multistakeholder Advisory Group, IGF
Nora Abusitta, VP Development and Public Responsibility Programs of ICANN (Remote)
Julia Reda, Member of European Parliament, Government
Agnes Fong & Enoch Cheng, NetY Amabassadors, Civil Society
Vincent Ho, NetMission Amabassadors, Civil Society
Silke Sorensen, Save the Children Denmark, Civil Society
Nina Devani & Grace Kelly, Insafe network, Civil society
Lorena Jaume-Palasi, German Youth IGF, Civil society
Deniz D. Aydin, Access, Civil society
Farzaneh Badii, Academia & Persian Youth IGF, Civil society

Furthermore we promote this participatory and open workshop to all who are interested in this issue and are motivated to share and contribute. This includes an open call for participation for all stakeholders of the IGF.

Name of Moderator(s)

Bianca HO

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

David NG

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

After brief workshop presentations we want to start a round table discussion on obstacles to youth participation in the Internet Governance, effective outreach mechanisms and sharing good practice on youth involvement.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

We are planning to set up the following remote participation possibilities:
- dedicated Facebook group
- Twitter hashtag
- collaborative writing tool (e.g. Pad, g-doc)
- preparatory & online voting space, e.g.
- dedicated email address for questions in advance & afterwards

Involved organizations are asked to promote the workshop through their (social) networks in advance and collect questions and remarks for the workshop. During the workshop we set up a storify to collect all social media contributions. Those as well as the notes will be added to the final report of the workshop.

Background paper

No background paper provided