What will the Youth IGF project be doing at the IGF?
The Youth IGF Project has always aimed to include the voice of children and young people at the Internet Governance Forum. However this year we are going one step further and not only speaking from individual experience, but from a wide range of opinions. Through our survey this year we are now able to fully express a wider voice of youth from across the world.
This year as well as meeting other delegates in our booth we will also be talking at 5 workshops and even chairing our own workshop. This is a very exciting opportunity for us as it means that now the youth voice at the IGF will be taking an even more prominent place.
What issues will you be focussing on in particular?
The key themes of the workshops we will participate in are 'security, openness and privacy'. Our main workshop is 'Social media, young people and freedom of expression'. This will focus on how young people express themselves online and what they feel can be improved in order for them to be able to express themselves safely.
Why is it important that young people are involved at the IGF?
Youth involvement is key at the IGF. Young people have not only grown up with the internet but we are the ones who will live with and use the internet for the rest of our lives. We, as young people, know what developments need to be made to protect younger generations but to also help us to benefit from the internet as much as possible. Young people have different personal experiences to draw on at the IGF that other Delegates may not have considered.
Hi, I'm Becca and I am 17 years old and from Leeds.
I have been part of the Youth IGF Project team since 2010 and I am looking forward to attending the Internet Governance Forum in Baku and taking part in workshops 94, 146 and 195.