What was the purpose of youth camp?
The purpose of the YIGF summer camp was to debate and consider fully the subject matters and workshops we would be discussing in the 2012 IGF in Azerbaijan. It was to get an understanding of the topics we would encounter at the IGF, such as freedom of expression, and begin to construct opinions and idea we wished to convey at the Forum. In particular we concentrated on our workshop (number 94 - social media, young people and freedom of expression), investigating the core of the issues in the workshop. The purpose was to formulate ideas and structures for how we could best share them at the conference.
What topics did you cover?
The IGF’s main theme this year is ‘Internet Governance for Sustainable Human, Economic and Social Development’ and at the summer camp we focused on the sections under this theme in which we as youth could offer the most opinions and insight. We covered alot of subjects in the three days in London, bringing all our ideas to the discussion. In particular we focused on freedom of expression online, as this is a key topic in our workshop in which we will explore the relationship between young people, social media and freedom of expression. We considered several questions:
- What does freedom of expression mean to young people? What limits our freedom of expression? Are these limits right?
- How is freedom of expression taught in schools?
- What are the pressures faced by internet service providers (such as Facebook and Twitter) to protect young people and also protect freedom of expression?
What did you find most interesting?
The most interesting thing for me in the camp was identifying with the other views of online users. I found that thinking about and considering everyone’s view points on online issues made me understand the difficulty when trying to cater for all internet users and how the IGF as a multi-stakeholder event is crucial to understanding this further.
What are you looking forward to next?
We are developing a youth survey for our workshop on freedom of expression, and I am currently looking forward to finalising, distributing and then discovering the results from our survey to see if my opinions are shared or different compared to youths aged 11-18 across the world. This information gathered will be intriguing to see and to work from in the run up to the 2012 IGF. The summer camp was extremely productive but there is still research and work to be done. I feel with both the summer camp and the long run up to the IGF in November the Childnet impact and contribution will be fantastic.
Hi, I'm Matthew and I am 16 years old and from Cumbria.
I have been part of the Youth IGF Project team since 2011 and I am looking forward to attending the Internet Governance Forum in Baku and taking part in workshops 94, 96, 119 and 195.