Richardson JaniceOrganizer Entity
European SchoolnetWorkshop Theme
Principles of Multi-stakeholder CooperationConsise description
PART 1 - Four youth panellists from across the world will put forward a number of challenges for specific stakeholders to resolve Representing truly diverse youth perspectives from Europe, Africa, and Asia, four youth panellists will elaborate on their ideal internet governance model. Based on their unique personal experiences as young entrepreneurs or youth activists who have already contributed to a better and safer internet, and backed-up by findings emerging from preliminary peer-group discussions and an online youth-led research programme, they will urge specific stakeholder groups to take up responsibility and to come up with possible solutions. PART 2 - Parallel table discussions led by adult representatives from industry, government, education, and civil society Adult representatives from industry, government, education, and civil society will have the opportunity to defend their case and, if reasonable, put the ball (partly) back in the young people’s camp. Together with youth representatives, they will explore and define responsibilities for all actors involved. PART 3 - Finding agreement on how to move forward The session will come to a close with a response from remote youth panellists from Brazil and the United States. Electronic voting will help to identify priorities and stipulate the three steps youth and stakeholders will jointly take to make substantial progress in the coming year.Moderator
Janice Richardson (Insafe / European Schoolnet)Remote Moderator
Gry Hasselbalch (Danish Media Council for Children and Young People / Insafe)Have you organized workshops at previous IGFs?
Organised by the Insafe network/European Schoolnet and co-organised by the European Commission and Google with the support of Facebook, the session was attended by approx. 70 participants. It featured a panel discussion with youth representatives from Spain, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, who shared their points of view on young entrepreneurship, internet principles and education. The workshop was highly interactive, with participants working in small groups, providing quick responses, and finally voting on 5 central standpoints, each put forward by one of the groups. These were: “e-confident carers”, 23% of participants calling for improved digital literacy of parents and teachers (“the missing voices at the IGF”); “Raising the overall awareness for internet-related issues through education” and “Better collective social norms and values” both scored 19,2% of final votes; 15,4% of participants argued for “inclusive empowering policies”, with colleagues from Cambodia and Nigeria stating that the internet “should be designed for the future generation” and stating that: “Capacity building should be a priority especially in developing countries. Inclusiveness is mandatory to giving people a voice at the IGF.” Surprisingly only 7,7% or participants voted for “Setting privacy by default”, though this team strongly argued for this principle stating: “When we want something on the net we need to know what we have to give.”
Conclusions drawn from the workshop and further comments
The interactive nature of the workshop was highly applauded by the audience as being a good practice model for future IGFs, especially as it brought together in animated discussion leading entities from industry such as google and Facebook, but also representatives of national ministries, youth and NGOs. Results of group work were hence broadly diverse, and the 5 strategies put forward will form the basis of work for many of the participants in preparation for IGF 2014. The workshop highlighted the fact that teachers and parents as well as family associations and ministries of education need to be more involved in IGF discussions if it is to be a truly multi-stakeholder event.Reported by
janice RichardsonEstimate the overall number of women participants present at the session
About half of the participants were womenTo what extent did the session discuss gender equality and/or women's empowerment?
Discussion affecting gender equality and women's empowerment
It was raised by one or more of the speakers as an important aspect of the session's theme
Whilst making every effort to avoid stereotypes, women often seem to use technology differently from men, and it is important to take this into account if we are to give all citizens opportunities to benefit from internet. Whereas the young men on the panel have used technology to build their own products and companies, the young women see it as a tool for activism. These approaches were borne out by a survey that had been conducted with 500 young and older EU citizens prior to the IGF, and also by voting during the workshop. The need to build on this complementarity was a recurrent theme across the workshop.Workshops Staticals
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