Childnet launched the Youth IGF Project in 2009 to respond to constructive criticisms made of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) that there had been very limited involvement of young people at the IGF.
The IGF is a UN mandated conference, bringing people together from various stakeholder groups as equals in discussions on policy issues relating to the future of the internet. Young people are a key stakeholder group, but until the Youth IGF Project was founded in 2009 they had not been included in these debates.
Childnet's Youth IGF Project last took a group of young people to the IGF in 2014, for its sixth year running, to provide a platform for young people at the Internet Governance Forum so they can share their experiences and inform debates about internet governance. The project seeks to amplify the voice of youth both during the IGF and throughout the year, and champion the inclusion of young people as key stakeholders in these important policy debates.
Over the course of the project we have seen real growth in youth involvement and the voice of youth at the IGF as well as a change in perception of the presence of youth. We look forward to developing the project in years to come.
Who are Childnet?
Childnet are a UK-based children's charity who have been working since 1995 to help make the internet a great and safe place for children and young people. We believe it is crucial to listen to the views of young people to achieve this.
Childnet would like to thank Nominet who supported the Youth IGF Project 2014.
We would like to thank the Nominet Trust for supporting the project over the first four years of the project, which enabled us to firmly establish the presence of youth at the IGF. We would also like to thank Google, Facebook, ICANN and ISOC for supporting the project in 2013.