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At the IGF 2022 Global Youth Summit, Under Secretary-General of United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Mr. Li Junhua congratulated young people for their active participation. IGF is an excellent platform for youth to engage with people who make decisions in digital, he said.
At the IGF 2022 Emilia Hanna Zalewska, Youth IGF Poland Co-founder emphasised the need to recognise young people as serious stakeholders and have their voices heard. Regulations related to the Internet impact youth in a different way, comparing to other age groups.
Emmanuel Vitus, Internet Governance & Tech Policy Researcher stated that young activists should have the right to participate in the legislative process. They have to express their opinions on laws related to the Internet that are being drafted in their country.
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Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Member of the European Parliament welcomes Youth IGF leaders at the IGF 2022. She says Global Digital Compact is very aligned with values and principles of the European Parliament. While introducing laws, the EU understands the global view and impact of them on the Internet as a whole.
We need to be open-minded and apply a balanced approach to data protection at the EU level, said Axel Voss, Member of the European Parliament during the discussion with Youth IGF leaders. Regulations like GDPR shouldn’t prevent the EU from using data-driven solutions to manage crises.
We don’t only need general literacy among users about digital technologies, but more advanced skills like coding, stated Ivars Ijabs, Member of the European Parliament at the IGF 2022 Open Forum. The role of the Governments is to provide opportunities for learning, especially to young people.
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Find out our daily briefing from onsite IGF 2022, Day 1. With Chris Buckridge, Advisor to the RIPE NCC Managing Director and UN IGF MAG Member and Menelik, a Youth IGF leader from Ethiopia. Follow to learn about what progress has been made since the IGF 2021, what were the most important issues discussed during the Day 1 and what is the situation with digital skills.
Highlights from the Opening Ceremony, the message from youth to decision-makers, connectivity, etc. Listen to our daily briefing from the IGF 2022, Day 2 and find out what was happening onsite in Addis Ababa. With Eva Ignatuschtschenko, Head of Digital Standards and Internet Governance at the DCMS and Menelik, a Youth IGF leader from Ethiopia.
Listen to our daily briefing from Day 3 of the IGF 2022, with Sook-Jung Dofel, Director General at the Academy for International Cooperation, and a Youth IGF leader from Ethiopia Menelik Solomon. Hear from our speakers about main topics discussed, and about the importance of platforms like IGF.
Discover the special talk on the involvement of the European Commission in the development of Internet Governance from the youth perspective. With Pearse O'Donohue, Director of Future Networks at DG CONNECT, a Youth IGF Founder Yuliya Morenets and a young leader Menelik.
Our daily briefing from Day 4 of the IGF 2022 is out, with Hans Seeuws, Business Operations Manager at EURid, and a young Leader from Ethiopia Menelik. Find out about the hottest topics discussed in Addis Ababa, and what questions our Youth IGF Leaders asked to Members of the European Parliament.
Discover our special talk with Kaja Ciglic, Senior Director, Digital Diplomacy from Microsoft and the Youth IGF Founder Yuliya Morenets about digital diplomacy. What is the digital diplomacy in today’s world, what is the role of private sector and what skills are needed for digital diplomats?
Our daily briefing from the IGF 2022, Day 5. With Thomas Schneider, Ambassador and Director of International Affairs at the Swiss Federal Office of Communications in the DETEC and a young Leader from Ethiopia Menelik.
FIND LIVE COMMENTARY FROM THE YOUTH IGF COMMUNITY ON THE POLICY TOPICS OF THE IGF DEBATES DAILY DURING THE WEEK
AI-generated content and copyright
AI is used to create works like magazine covers, but current legislation doesn’t protect AI-generated content by copyright, even if it was created with human help. Razoana Moslam, the Youth IGF Leader from Australia delivers her message to decision-makers on the importance of applying copyright laws to AI-generated content. Can rapidly evolving AI technologies lead to the update of legislations?
Satellite connectivity in rural areas
Smartphones will soon let users connect by satellite when there’s no Wi-Fi/cellular coverage. Ally Rachid Ramadhani, the Youth IGF activist from Tanzania, delivers his message to decision-makers on satellite connectivity in rural areas. One of the challenges that he sees is the lack of knowledge and high costs of satellite Internet. Will satellite infrastructure be able to propose cheaper and more affordable connectivity?
Metaverse & the fight against cybercrime
Interpol created its Metaverse to enable police officers from different countries to communicate and take trainings. Michel Chammas, the Youth IGF Leader from Lebanon delivers his message to decision-makers on Metaverse and the fight against cybercrime, specifically in VR. Will trainings for law enforcement be enough to help them combat crimes in virtual world?
Innovative solutions to protect citizens health data
Astou Diouf, a Youth IGF Leader from Senegal, delivers her message to decision-makers on innovative solutions to protect citizens health data (in French). One of them was proposed by the International Committee of the Red Cross that wants to create a digital emblem to show hackers that they interfere with computer systems of medical facilities. Will it be technically possible to avoid the illegal usage of the emblem and secure health data?
An EU-owned constellation of telecommunications satellites will be deployed by 2027 to improve connectivity. Bernardo Sequeiros, the Youth IGF Leader from Portugal, delivers his message to decision-makers on telecom satellites. Will they help to make the Internet more affordable for citizens?
"We need digital skills, as early as possible", says Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Secretary-General Elect of the International Telecommunication Union at the IGF 2022 High-Level leaders session. These skills should be taught at schools, as lack of them is one of the biggest barriers to uptake into digital transformation.
Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist at Google underlined the importance of transparency & international cooperation to ensure accountability for data usage & protection. "Data is at risk, we must protect it". People need to understand how data is used, shared & corrected if needed.
Talking about AI, Karoline Edtstadler, Federal Minister for the EU and Constitution at the Federal Chancellery of Austria stressed the need for the human oversight of AI algorithms. The implementation of standards related to AI usage is crucial. They can be based on existing recommendations, like the ones by UNESCO.
Amandeep Gill, Under-Secretary-General and UNSG’s Tech Envoy: We need to distinguish between human rights with frameworks like UDHR and human rights in the digital age. Governments must protect human rights. In digital space private companies & platforms should also be accountable for that.
At the Opening Ceremony of the IGF 2022, António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations at Prime Minister of Portugal urged the Internet Governance Forum Secretariat to bring together Governments, private sector, civil society to reach concrete actions for a more safe, sustainable and inclusive digital future that has to be human-centric.
Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist at Google: "Oh, to be young again!" Good to see the the IGF - Internet Governance Forum Leadership Panel supporting youth! "The Panel is committed to offering concrete examples of actions for the improvement in today’s Internet and digital environment."
Tawfik Jelassi, Assistant Director-General for Communication & Information, UNESCO: We need to answer key questions about digital transformation: why to transform, what & how. He announced that UNESCO plans to propose a global model for the regulation of digital platforms to contribute to safe transformation.
At the IGF 2022, Muferihat Kamil, Minister of Peace at The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia said that trust between Governments is not only a technological issue, but an issue of relationships. It’s about peace, collaboration. To achieve this we need to empower people through skills & education starting from school.
One way digital technologies can contribute to security, is by reducing energy consumption, said H.E. Hiroshi Yoshida, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Technologies like 5G are expected to contribute to environmental sustainability.
Christopher Painter, President of The Global Forum on Cyber Expertise Foundation said about capacity-building in cybersecurity as the foundation for all states to maintain trust and security. A multistakeholder model is needed to successfully lead capacity building activities.
Speaking about the AI Act at the IGF 2022, Axel Voss, Member of the European Parliament said the EU is trying to build trust among citizens regarding the use of AI algorithms in everyday life. He emphasised human rights will be taken into account to ensure AI doesn’t bring harm.
EU’s AI Act can have the global impact, inspiring countries around the world to adopt similar legislations. "This might be a key element for the future and for like-minded countries looking in the same direction", stated Axel Voss at the IGF 2022.
At the IGF 2022 Open Forum #71, Pearse O'Donohue, Director for the Future Networks Directorate of DG CONNECT at the European Commission mentioned the significance of the Declaration for the Future of the Internet with a multistakeholder Internet Governance model at its heart. Youth IGF contributed to drafting recommendations for its implementation.
At the IGF 2022 Parliamentary Roundtable, Martin Chungong, Secretary-General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union said the Inter-Parliamentary Union is preparing the resolution that will compress the position of international parliamentary community about new risks to global security, like cyberattacks & cybercrime.
Seba Garcia, MP of Paraguay stated that parliamentarians need to have knowledge about cybersecurity threats, both from technical and political perspective. Also understand their implications for sovereignty, defence and daily lives of citizens.
Bringing the technical perspective to the table, Edmon Chung, CEO of DotAsia emphasises that sometimes imposed legislations, like such related to digital sovereignty, risk to be technically incompatible and can harm the trust in the digital space.
At the IGF 2022 Open Mic session, Dr. Rajendra Pratap Gupta, PhD called for a better inclusion of grassroots representatives in IGF High-Level sessions to bring their voices closer to decision-makers.
A representative of Sierra Leone addressed leaders at the IGF 2022 Open Mic, calling for the engagement of all stakeholder groups in future Internet Governance Forum Secretariat sessions, including people with disabilities and the media industry.
At the IGF 2022 Closing Ceremony, Huria Ali, ICT and Digital Economy Division State Minisiter for Ministry of Innovation and Technology Ministry delivers her final message to IGF participants. She mentions key highlights from Internet Governance Forum Secretariat in Addis Ababa, among which are connectivity, Internet fragmentation & data privacy.
"IGF is more than ever necessary, and much needs to be done", stated Internet Governance Forum Secretariat MAG Chair Paul Mitchell. He noted that the IGF will continue aligning its work with other United Nations agencies and with UN Tech Envoy to advance the Global Digital Compact.
Fiona Asonga, CEO of TESPOK stressed that the technical community in Africa saw discussions & ideas tabled at the Internet Governance Forum Secretariat translated into implementable best practices. One of them is the development of young innovators.