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Gender & Youth [clear filter]
Monday, December 18
 

09:00 CET

Seed Alliance & gender inclusion: Towards greater female leadership in Internet (OF19)
The Seed Alliance is a grants and awards program that seeks to promote Internet Development in the Global South supporting a variety of stakeholders in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia Pacific and Africa. It is a joint initiative by the Regional Internet Registries AFRINIC, APNIC and LACNIC, Internet Society, IDRC and the Swedish Cooperation Agency SIDA. 
Several of the initiatives supported by the regional programs that the RIRs support (respectively FIRE Africa, ISIF Asia and FRIDA) are led by women, have many women participating in their project teams or focus on gender related issues. These solutions contribute to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, across several targets..
The Seed Alliance is exploring for its 2018-2019 grant cycle, a greater emphasis on gender inclusion and leadership, and part of that should translate into how funding is allocated and how many women-led initiatives are supported. This Public Forum will seek views on how to integrate gender inclusion and seek insights on what Internet-related technical issues require investment across the Global South. 
The forum will also look at challenges faced by women-led social enterprises and startups in the developing countries in networking, capacity building, and growing their projects, and ways to solve those challenges. Participants at the forum are expected to help identify opportunities available. 
The session will start by an overview of what the Seed Alliance programs have done during the last few years (the report linked references Seed Alliance activities for the 2012-12015 period). FIRE (Africa), FRIDA (Latin America and the Caribbean) and ISIF Asia (Asia Pacific) will share with the audience what they have done to promote female-led innovation and entrepreneurship within their service regions.
The deliverable of the workshop will seek to find solutions that link to the Sustainable development goals of ending poverty in all it’s form everywhere, and also promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work. 


Publicity
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The Public forum will be promoted at the In the Seed Alliance Booth at the IGF.
Social Media (Facebook and Twitter) of the three Seed Alliance program handles, which are
ISIF Asia: https://twitter.com/ISIF_Asia, https://www.facebook.com/ISIF.asia 
FIRE Africa: https://twitter.com/fireafrica, https://www.facebook.com/fireafrinic 
FRIDA: https://twitter.com/programafrida, https://www.facebook.com/FondoRegionalFRIDA/
Tag 1: Internet & ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals
Tag 2: Gender Issues
Tag 3: Inclusive Societies

Name(s) of Speaker(s)
Vymala Thuron, Technical Community, AFRINIC
Duncan Macintosh, Technical Community, APNIC Foundation
Carolina Caeiro, Technical Community, LACNIC
Name of Online Moderator: Vymala Thuron, Head External Relations, AFRINIC
Background Paper: background-paper.pdf
Past IGF Participation: Yes
Report Link: https://www.intgovforum.org/cms/wks2015/index.php/proposal/view_public/219

Name: Vymala Thuron,
Organizational Affiliation: AFRINIC
 

Session Organizers
avatar for Sylvia Cadena

Sylvia Cadena

Head of Programs / ISIF Asia coordinator, APNIC Foundation
Internet for development specialist with 20+ years of experience across Latin America and the Asia Pacific regions on how Internet technologies can support social and economic development. Full bio at https://linkedin.com/in/sylviacadenaMember of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group... Read More →


Monday December 18, 2017 09:00 - 10:00 CET
Room XXVI - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

10:10 CET

Digital inclusion for women: Scaling up our efforts (WS49)

Proposer's Name: Ms. Claire Sibthorpe
Proposer's Organization: GSMA
Co-Proposer's Name: Ms. Lindsey Dominica
Co-Proposer's Organization: GSMA
Co-Organizers:
Ms., Claire, SIBTHORPE, Private Sector, GSMA
Ms., Dominica, LINDSEY, Private Sector, GSMA


Session Format: Panel - 90 Min

Proposer:
Country: United Kingdom
Stakeholder Group: Private Sector

Co-Proposer:
Country: United Kingdom
Stakeholder Group: Private Sector

Speaker: Doreen Bogdan-Martin
Speaker: Yannick Glemarec
Speaker: Mai Oldgard
Speaker: Nanjira Sambuli
Speaker: Garcia Garcia Ramilo
Speaker: Rachel Samren

Content of the Session:
We cannot afford to leave anyone behind in the digital future. Unfortunately, despite an increased number of initiatives looking at the barriers to gender equality in internet access, the digital gender divide remains. Indeed, the ITU’s most recent estimate indicates that the global Internet user gender gap has grown from 11% in 2013 to 12% in 2016. Today, penetration rates remain higher for men than women in all regions in the world.

It is increasingly urgent that effective, tangible and measurable action should be taken to overcome the digital gender gap in access. A widening digital gender gap has significant implications in terms of women’s empowerment and development as well as for societies, businesses and economies. A focus on gender equality in the digital world is critical to discussions on shaping the digital future.

The gender divide in internet access and use is driven by a complex set of social, economic and cultural barriers. It requires a holistic approach and action by all stakeholders if it is to be addressed. It also requires that we look at how we deliver concerted action and at scale. The recent report from Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development’s Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide, proposes a set of clear and specific recommendations for different stakeholders to address the gender gap in internet access and use, in a clear and concerted ‘Call to Action’. However, addressing this gender divide also requires that we deliver concerted action and at scale.

While there have been efforts to address the digital gender divide, much more is required and it is critical that we take action which enables us to take significant strides to address the digital gender divide. This interactive panel will bring together high level panellists from different regions and stakeholders to explore how we can deliver at scale and address the digital gender divide. Panellists will explore this issue followed by contributions from the audience. This interactive discussion with workshop participants will focus on how we can scale up efforts to ensure digital inclusion for women. Join us to discuss how we can address the digital gender divide, realize this significant opportunity and ensure that women are equally part of the digital future.

Relevance of the Session:
A widening digital gender gap has significant implications in terms of women’s empowerment and development as well as for societies, businesses and economies. It is increasingly urgent that effective, tangible and measurable action should be taken to overcome the digital gender gap in access. A focus on gender equality in the digital world is therefore critical to discussions on shaping the digital future. Addressing this gender divide requires that we deliver concerted action and at scale. This interactive panel will bring together high level panellists from different regions and stakeholders to explore how we can deliver at scale, address the digital gender divide and ensure that women are equally part of the digital future.

Tag 1: Gender Issues
Tag 2: Digital Future
Tag 3: digital inclusion

Interventions:
This session will be structured such that there is an interactive panel will bring together high level panellists from different regions and stakeholders to explore how we can deliver at scale and address the digital gender divide. Panellists will explore this issue followed by contributions from the audience. After initial contributions from the panel where each will share their experiences and insights, the discussion will be opened up to the workshop participants. There will be an interactive discussion with workshop participants which will focus on how we can scale up efforts to ensure digital inclusion for women.

Panelists:
- The ITU and UN Women have both been driving a number of efforts to address the digital gender divide. Last year they luanched 'EQUALS’ (the Global Partnership for Gender Equality) aimed at accelerating global progress to bridge the gender digital divide. Senior representatives from both organizations leading these efforts will be asked to speak about their experience and how we can scale up efforts to ensure digital inclusion for women.

- Mobile operators are driving efforts to accelerate digital and financial inclusion for women. For instance, through the Connected Women Commitment Initiative, mobile operators are making formal commitments to size and reduce the gender gap in their mobile internet and/or mobile money customer base by 2020. Senior representatives driving these efforts from Millicom and Telenor will speak about their experiences in Africa, Asia and Latin America and what is required to reach women at scale.

- Najira Sambuli from the Web Foundation and Chat Garcia Ramilo from the Association for Progressive Commmunications (APC) are both driving forward both research and activities focused on addresssing the gender divide. They will bring in the perspective of those working in non-governmental organisations in different regions.

- We will also ensure that there is a government speaker on the panel since the digital gender divide can only be addressed by targetted action by all stakeholders and government is a key stakeholder.


Diversity:
We already have five confirmed speakers representing a diversity of stakeholders and regions:
• Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief of the Strategic Planning and Membership Department, International Telecommunications Union,
• Yannick Glemarec, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women
• Mai Oldgard, Senior Vice President, Head of Group Sustainability, Telenor
• Nanjira Sambuli, Digital Equality Advocacy Manager, Web Foundation
• Chat Garcia Ramilo, Deputy Executive Director, Association for Progressive Communications
• Rachel Samren, EVP Chief External Affairs Officer, Millicom

We will also ensure we have a confirmed government speaker. We therefore have confirmed speakers which bring a diversity in terms of gender, geography (including those representing global organisations as well as those based in Africa and Asia) and stakeholder groups (including private sector, international organisations and civil society). 

Onsite Moderator: Claire Sibthorpe
Online Moderator: Yiannis Theodorou
Rapporteur: Dominique Lazanski

Online Participation:
We intend to open up the discussion to online attendees to be able to both make an input and raise a question. The online moderator will work with the workshop moderator to ensure that they have equal opportunity to participate (e.g. will have separate queues for online and onsite attendees to intervene and rotate equally betweeen the two). We will ensure that we have an appropriately trained remote moderator, work with the IGF team to ensure that the online participation session is set up appropriately and also ensure we are learning from others on how to best support effective online participation of the IGF. 

Discussion facilitation:
Session format:
- Interactive panel will bring together high level panellists from different regions and stakeholders to explore how we can deliver at scale and address the digital gender divide. This session will be moderated by Claire Sibthorpe (Head of Connected Women, GSMA)
- After initial contributions from the panel where each will share their experiences and insights, the discussion will be opened up to the workshop participants (audience members and online participants). There will be an interactive discussion with workshop participants which will focus on how we can scale up efforts to ensure digital inclusion for women.
- The workshop session will conclude with a brief final remark from each of the panelists on how to scale up efforts to bridge the gender divide following the discussions and short summation of the discussion by the moderator.

This workshop will be moderated by Claire Sibthorpe (Head of Connected Women, GSMA)

Conducted a Workshop in IGF before?: No
Link to Report: 

Additional Reference Document Link: http://broadbandcommission.org/Documents/publications/WorkingGroupDigitalGenderDivide-report2017.pdf

Agenda: 

Introduction: Claire Sibthorpe, Head of Connected Women, GSMA

Panel discussion: Panelists:

  • Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief of the Strategic Planning and Membership Department, International Telecommunications Union
  • Yannick Glemarec, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women
  • Mai Oldgard, Senior Vice President, Head of Group Sustainability, Telenor
  • Nanjira Sambuli, Digital Equality Advocacy Manager, Web Foundation
  • Rachel Samren, EVP Chief Exte
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Session Organizers
CS

Claire Sibthorpe

Head of Connected Women, GSMA


Monday December 18, 2017 10:10 - 11:40 CET
Room XXVI - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

11:50 CET

A Playbook for Gender Equality: How to Harness the Power of Digital Media & Emerging Tech (WS57)

Organizer's Name: Ms. Marketa Geislerova
Organization: Global Affairs Canada
Co-Organizer's Name: Ms. Deborah Brown
Organization: Association of Progressive Communications
  

Co-Organizers:
Marketa Geislerova,
the Digital inclusion Lab,
Office of Human Rights Freedoms and Inclusion
Global Affairs Canada
125 Sussex Drive, Floor A3
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1A 0G2

Government

Deborah Brown, APC

Association of Progressive Communications
APC Executive Director's Office
PO Box 29755, Melville 2109, South Africa
info@apc.org
Civil Society Association


Session Format: Round Table and Workshop - 90 Min
 
 AGENDA

Moderator: Tara Denham, Director, Democracy Division, Global Affairs Canada

Provocations (20 minutes)

Valentina Hvale Pellizzer, Association for Progressive Communications

What do you think are some of the concrete opportunities and challenges digital technologies pose for gender equality? Do you think that the spectrum is balanced?

Dhyta Caturani, Indonesia-based human rights and women rights activist

How would you assess the state of gender equality in the context of digital media and ICTs today? What issues do you consider to be the most critical?

Irene Poetranto, The Citizen Lab

What effects do cyber policies and regulations have on women and girls? What digital and emerging technologies hold for gender equality if we do not address some of the negative trends we are seeing today? How are Internet censorship, filtering, and surveillance used by some states or proxies affecting women?

Farhaan Ladhani, Perennial, Digital Public Square

Are emerging technologies such as AI a game changer for gender equality? What are some of the opportunities and risks related to these technologies?

Chasers and Clarification (10 minutes) - quick questions and answers with the audience

Building the Playbook (50 minutes)

  1. Survey highlights and game plan - Tara Denham (5 minutes)
  2. Create 4 groups based on broader areas of engagement for gender equality identified in the survey
  3. Each group, led by the four panelists, should strive to:
  • Validate or challenge the strategies for gender equality
  • Outline the "How" or action points
  • If possible, make a concrete commitment to advance gender equality

      4. Opportunity to contribute to another area of engagement/group (15 minutes)

Key take-aways and next steps (10 minutes)

Relevance of the Session:
Shape your Digital Future.

Digital and emerging technologies like Internet, mobile phones and artificial intelligence have the potential to promote gender equality and to combat violence against women and girls (VAWG). But that is not the trend that we currently see. The time is ripe for a discussion of how digital and emerging technologies affect gender equality, and how they can be used to promote a more inclusive world where women are on a level playing field. The objective of the roundtable discussion is to inform and contribute to the creation of a Playbook for Gender Equality in the Digital Age, that will raise awareness on pressing issues at the intersection of digital technologies and gender equality, and lay the ground for the creation of a multi-stakeholder network aimed at ensuring that our collective digital future is positive and empowering for all.
 
Tag 1: Gender 
Tag 2: Cyber VAWG
Tag 3: Artifical Intelligence
 
Onsite Moderator: Tara Denham
Online Moderator: Marc-André Argentino
Rapporteur: Marketa Geislerova

 


Session Organizers
MG

Marketa Geislerova

Senior Analyst, Global Affairs Canada
JJ

Jennifer Jeppsson

Senior Investment Officer, Global Affairs Canada



Monday December 18, 2017 11:50 - 13:20 CET
Room XXVI - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)
 
Tuesday, December 19
 

09:00 CET

IG Grassroots initiatives, Youth leaders on the table (WS6)

Proposer's Name: Mr. Shreedeep Rayamajhi
Proposer's Organization: RayZnews
Co-Organizers:
Civil Society, Learn IG

Session Format: Panel - 90 Min

Proposer:
Country: Nepal
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Confrimed Speakers

Shreedeep Rayamajhi – Media -Learn IG - Nepal
Aris Ignacio-Academia - College of Information Technology – Philippines
Maheeshwara Kirindigoda- Internet safety project – Private Sector -Sri Lanka
David NG- eHelp Association – Technical – Hongkong 
Burna Santos- Brazil 
jianne.soriano-Net Mission 


Speaker: 
Shreedeep Rayamajhi

Relevance of the Session:
During the workshop we would be highlighting the personal experience, and need of technology in terms of youth awareness and how community collaborative project like Learn IG can helps in bridging the gaps. Most of the times People are awarded fellowship but when they go back they limit themselves to the limitation of their reach. This session will explore the possibility of how leaders can use their knowledge, learning and expertise to help others raise awareness specially with youth and community.

Content of the Session:
The collaborative Community Development Program Learn Internet Governance Program is a Dynamic platform of getting information which focuses in open knowledge sharing method. During the IGF 2017 we want to share our experience and help promote the concept to further enlarge the group of internet leaders with the possibilities of what can be done at individual level. Especially in developing and least developed and developing nations where there is crisis of funding this concept can help people to network and do something credible in terms of spreading the awareness and knowledge that they have. They can use the available resources in utilizing their own knowledge and network to create a better means of communication channel that can empower the youths and share knowledge at local level without the support of any funding. It can further multiply and can be a very effecting means of capacity building as well. Right now with Learn IG, we have a simple website and forum for communication and collaboration. We are further planning to network and grow in terms of how and what can be done. This year we also published a report on Internet development status of developing countries in AP region. 

We want to promote the concept of networking and knowledge sharing at individual level of youth internet leaders. Promoting and empowering youths as our basic objective. 

As today in most parts of the world, it is very costly to participate in forums like IGF and other IG awareness course these kinds of informational tool can be handy for communication and information dissemination. Our main focus are: 

1. To promote easy and effective mean of communication 
2. To promote next generation leadership in developing countries 
3. To build network among internet leaders 
4. To create an open knowledge sharing platform 
5. Utilization of local resources 
6. Issues and challenges of Youth leadership in IG process 
7. Communication and collaboration opportunity 
I strongly believe today when there is a trend of people who are just traveling as a holiday to all these internet events where with Learn IG we want to make a point that things can be done with strong will and knowledge to make change it is possible and we youths believe in creating a better, safe and equal internet for all.

Tag 1: Youth Engagement
Tag 2: Access and Diversity
Tag 3: Digital Literacy

Interventions:

An interactive dialogue with questions and answers with all the participating leaders and exchanging information in an open discussion.

we have selected all the speakers from a young group on the regional and on the basis of their work involvement with Internet governance issues. 
We have asked them to prepare a presentation or any form of information that they can share it on the table. 


Rapporteur: Shreedeep Rayamajhi

Online Participation:
The online participation will be carried out by online moderator and we will be taking in LIVE question from the online particiaption as well as our participats present . 

Discussion facilitation:
As mentioned above we have clearly defined the topic and have circulated our speakers about the topic. we have also asked them to get their information as organized as possible. We are also working in bringing in case study specifically related to individual projects and further other details of collaboration and communication. Likewise, we will also be focusing on the real time data and internet penetration rate of countries just in case to give an idea about where the global internet is moving. It will give the discussion a new angle for discussion during the introduction session.

Conducted a Workshop in IGF before?: No
Link to Report: https://www.slideshare.net/ShreedeepRayamajhi/internet-development-repor...
http://learninternetgovernance.blogspot.com/p/events.html

Speakers Profile : 

Burna Santos – Civil Society-Brazil
For the past three years I have worked as a legal advisor at the Presidency of Brazil, covering Human Rights and Internet Governance issues and taking part in interesting discussions on the Internet in Brazil in past years like the Marco Civil da Internet (Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for the Internet) and Data Protection bill draft. I am also an alumna of the Brazilian School of Internet Governance, a CGI.br fellow at the 9th Latin America and Caribbean Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum, an ICANN Fellow during ICANN58, and a very proud member of the Internet Society Special Interest Group Youth Observatory.

Inspired by my Youth Observatory colleagues and as a young person who is interested in policy-making processes, building a safe online environment for young women is one of my highest priorities. Because of this, I joined the IGF's Best Practice Forum on Gender & Access as a voluntary investigator and co-authored the "Young Latin American Women Declaration: Enabling access to empower young women and build a feminist Internet Governance."

Aris Ignacio Academics -Philipnes Aris Ignacio is the Dean of the College of Information Technology at Southville International School and Colleges, where he teaches different disciplines in Information Technology and Computer Science.

He is also involved with ICANN through APRALO and ISOC. He is the President of the Internet Society's Philippines Chapter, as well as a member of the At-Large structure. He majorly involved with APrIGF youth IGF and other regional initiative.

 Maheeshwara Kirindigoda Private Sector SriLanka 
Maheeshwara Kirindigoda is an Activist in the filed of ICT I am being privilege to hold the responsibilities as the Secretary to the Internet Society Sri Lanka chapter, President of the Chamber of ICT, Chairmen IGF Sri Lanka organizing committee and Secretary to the Central Province Export Chamber. He runs the internet saftey program in Sri Lanka and has been associated with organizing the Sri Lankan IGF. 

Agenda: 

During the workshop, we will be highlighting the personal experience, initiative and skills of youth for bridging the gaps of IG. We are also planning to highlight the problems with in the awareness campaign and youth involvement in the internet governance process and their role for future.
The moderator will further make the session interactive  with questions and answers making the session more inclusion. Participants can ask their questions by raising their hand. 
here are major agendas. 

  • Youth on the Table
  • Leadership opportunity for youth
  • Youth Participation in Internet Governance Process
  • Youth fellowship and scope
  • Youth Awareness and communication
  • Collaborative awareness concept
  • Awareness program and its sustainability
  • Funding option available
  • Indicators and players of IG
  • Role of fellowship and scholars

We are keeping last 10 minutes to make sure we answer all the questions including online.  

 

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Session Organizers
avatar for Shreedeep Rayamajhi

Shreedeep Rayamajhi

ICT4D consultant, RayZnews
I an enthusiastic learner who believes in one world one internet concept. IGF for me is a learning and networking platform for creating better awareness of bridging technology and policy gaps in between the developed and developing world. We have to give space for unheard voices and... Read More →



Tuesday December 19, 2017 09:00 - 10:30 CET
Room XI - A United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

10:10 CET

Youth Engagement in Internet Governance Ecosystem: Current Scenario, Controversies and Future Action (WS193)

Proposer's Name: Ms. Bruna Santos 
Proposer's Organization: Youth Observatory
Co-Proposer's Name: Ms. Sze Ming Tan
Co-Proposer's Organization: Sinar Project 
Co-Organizers:
Miss Sze Ming Tan, Civil Society, SINAR PROJECT/ Youth for Rights (Y4R).
Miss Sarah Linke, Civil Society, Youth Observatory.
Mr. Carlos Guerrero, Civil Society, HiperDerecho and Youth Observatory.


Session Format: Birds of a Feather - 90 Min

Proposer:
Country: Brazil
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Co-Proposer:
Country: Malaysia
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Speaker: Jianne Soriano
Speaker: David Morar
Speaker: Bruna Santos 
Speaker: Elisabeth Schauermann


Content of the Session:
Taking into consideration the Sustainable development goals and the importance of the youth for the Internet of the Future, the main idea of the present proposal is to hold a workshop with the IGF community in order to discuss the actual problems and barriers encountered by youth online and by the community when dealing with us.

By acknowledging our newcomer status on the IG related discussions, we want to learn and, therefore, get involved in the policy discussion and to have our voices heard. But first, we believe it is of great importance to debate on the barriers, such as the need to strengthen the network to planning and building strategies of youth movements representation and also the importance of programmes that are not only directed towards capacity building initiatives but also on the engagement of youth on policy development processes.

When addressing these questions, the discussion should focus whether or not the Youth should build an agenda for its engagement on the IG ecosystem, and if yes, which topics should be present on that. Having said that and given the initial framework, the session aims to discuss the following questions with the audience:
- What are the barriers encountered by youngsters when entering the Internet Governance Ecosystem? How can we prospect the youth to engage with IG?
- Is there any ideal model of Youth engagement program?  What do you think are the key elements to any of them ?
- Considering the amount of Youth movements around the globe, how can we represent the diversity of realities and youths in order to legitimately represent their claims? How do you think those initiatives could work together in order to exchange experiences, best practices and regional backgrounds?
- Talking about the need of a forum or a line of action that would conjoint the ideas and practices of these newly engaged individuals, do you think that there should be a Youth Agenda for Internet Governance? Or a  Best Practice youth Forum within the IGF ? 

Relevance of the Session:
The internet in the youth’s life is not a new technology, is something that make part about what we are, we develop our personality with internet: how we communicate with each other, how we learn, how we share our experiences. We are not only consuming and creating content, but we are also engaging in the evolution and use of the internet. We are creating new models of online businesses, developing internet protocols, defending human rights on the internet and participating in the development of community networks, among other things. Although the number of youth involved and the high impact of their activities, we are still underrepresented at internet governance forums.

Among/In spite of the existing obstacles, several youth movements have emerged, underlining the need for the inclusion of young people on the internet governance ecosystem and creating capacity building opportunities to access such ecosystem with solid tools and a more resourceful participation. They are generating new lines of discussion. It is thus important to generate synergies among the different movements, learn from the exchange of experiences and discuss how to better approach the involvement of youth in the internet policy development processes, be it at the national, regional or global level.

Addressing the nature and possibilities of youth involvement and inclusion is not only important to strengthen the voices of the youngsters already interested in and active on the internet governance ecosystem, but also to pave the way for newcomers and future generations.

Moreover, as we are engaged in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, we should bare in mind that 70% of the under 25-year-olds, i.e., 1.9 billion people, are not yet online (fuente: World Bank). That is to say, when we develop programmes and policies for the next billion to connect, we should not leave out the youth approach. 

Tag 1: Youth Engagement
Tag 2: Internet & ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals
Tag 3: Multistakeholder Cooperation

Interventions:
As a discussion facilitation dynamics, we would provide each speaker a question, leaving us with the following division:

Bruna Santos, Youth Observatory - Is there any ideal model of Youth engagement program?  What do you think are the key elements to any of them ?
David Morar, Schar School Of Policy and Government - Talking about the need of a forum or a line of action that would conjoint the ideas and practices of these newly engaged individuals, do you think that there should be a Youth Agenda for Internet Governance? Or a  Best Practice youth Forum within the IGF ? 
Elisabeth Schauermann, Internet Society IGF Ambassador  - What are the barriers encountered by youngsters when entering the Internet Governance Ecosystem? How can we prospect the youth to engage with IG?
Jianne Soriano, Net Mission Ambassador - Considering the amount of Youth movements around the globe, how can we represent the diversity of realities and youths in order to legitimately represent their claims? How do you think those initiatives could work together in order to exchange experiences, best practices and regional backgrounds?


Diversity:
1. All of the involved in the organization of this Session — Speakers, Rapporteur, Moderators — are either Young professionals or engaged in Youth movements.
2. Of our 4 Speakers, three are female. Our Rapporteur is also female.
3. Our Speakers are from Latin America, North America, Europe and Asia. We have privileged Youth Speakers from developing nations such as Brazil and Malaysia.
4. Our speakers represents both the Academia, Civil Society and Business stakeholders. 

Onsite Moderator: Paula Côrte Real 
Online Moderator: Elisson Diones
Rapporteur: Veronica Arroyo

Online Participation:
A remote moderator will enlist questions and comments from the online audience during the workshop. Prior to the workshop, the idea is to gather content posted with the hashtags #YouthAgenda #YouthBarriers, further on this content will be used to bring in comments and questions from prospective attendees which may enrich the debate.

A collaborative document will gather these records of comments and questions prior to, during, and after the workshop, and will be integrated into the report. A variety of media can also serve as background material for this debate, based on previous workshops.

Remote participation tools will ensure an inclusive, accessible, and global audience. 

Discussion facilitation:
The proposed session is the birds of a feather format, in order to promote an informal discussion on the proposed topics between onsite and online audience and to allow interventions freely within the open mic. We believe the Birds of a Feather session format will provide a non-commercial, dynamic environment for attendees to openly discuss current topics of focused mutual interest within the youth movements with a strong emphasis on audience-driven discussion, professional networking and grassroots participation.

Therefore the proposed dynamics is the following:

1. Opening - (10 min)

Onsite moderator opens the session and introduces the speakers:
Bruna Santo
s, Youth Observatory
David Morar, Schar School Of Policy and Government
Elisabeth Schauermann, Internet Society IGF Ambassador
Jianne Soriano, Net Mission Ambassador

2. Onsite moderator will address each speaker the following question (30 min, 7 min each):

  1. What are the barriers encountered by youngsters when entering the Internet Governance Ecosystem? How can we prospect the youth to engage with IG? (Elisabeth Schauermann)

  2. Is there any ideal model of Youth engagement program?  What do you think are the key elements to any of them ?  (Bruna Santos)

  3. Considering the amount of Youth movements around the globe, how can we represent the diversity of realities and youths in order to legitimately represent their claims? How do you think those initiatives could work together in order to exchange experiences, best practices and regional backgrounds? (Jianne Soriano)

  4. Talking about the need of a forum or a line of action that would conjoint the ideas and practices of these newly engaged individuals, do you think that there should be a Youth Agenda for Internet Governance? Or a  Best Practice youth Forum within the IGF ? (David Morar)

3. Group discussion on the assigned questions (20 min) 
Two groups: Group a will address questions 1 and 2 (Elisabeth and Bruna)  and group b will address questions 3 and 4 (Jianne and David).  One panel

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Session Organizers
avatar for Bruna Santos

Bruna Santos

Policy and Advocacy analyst, Coding Rights
I have a BA in Law and work as a Policy and Advocacy analyst at Coding Rights, with a special focus on Data Protection, Human Rights in the Digital Age and Internet Governance. Additionally, I also hold the position of Chair of the Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) at ICAN... Read More →


Tuesday December 19, 2017 10:10 - 11:40 CET
Room XXVII - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

10:40 CET

Fast Tracking Digital Dividends for Women in CASA (WS251)

Proposer's Name: Ms. Maria Beebe
Proposer's Organization: TechNation Afghanistan, Global Networks
Co-Proposer's Name: Ms. Shabana Mansoory
Co-Proposer's Organization: TechWomen Afghanistan
Co-Organizers: Ms. Maria Beebe and Ms. Shabana Mansoory

Session Format: Panel/Break-out Group Discussion - 90 Min

Proposer:
Country: Afghanistan
Stakeholder Group: Private Sector

Co-Proposer:
Country: USA
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Moderators: 
Onsite:
Ms. Maria Beebe, Co-founder at TechAfghanistan 
Mr. Omar Mansoor Ansari, President at TechNation (Afghanistan)

Online Moderator:
Sidra Jalil

Rapporteur:
Shabana Mansory

Speakers:
Country Speakers:
Tajikistan - Zuhra Halimova, Visiting Scholar at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, andMavzuna Abdurakhmanova, Program Coordinator, Open Society Institute (OSI) Tajikistan Kyrgyzstan - Zarina Chekirbaeva, Executive Director at American Chamber of Commerce in the Kyrgyzstan
Afghanistan - 
Shabana Mansoory, TechWomen Afghanistan
Pakistan - Sidra Jalil, Program Manager, Code for Pakistan
Nepal - Dikchya Raut
India - Amrita Choudhury

Resource Speakers: 
mCade Strategies - Marilyn Cade
Ustad Mobile - Benita Rowe
Microsoft/Telecommunications and Internet Governance - Melissa Sassi
TetraTech - Nilmini Rubin
CLDP/ DoC - Joseph Gattuso
Facebook - Ankhi Das
Digital CASA - Rajendra Singh and/or Digital CASA resource speaker  
EMPTREC - Fiorina Mugione/Lorenzo Tosini
IBM - Cathey Rogers (invited)
MasterCard Foundation - Manu Bhardwaj (invited)
USAID - Jordan Sellman (invited)
DotAsia - Jennifer Chung (invited) 
Internet Society (ISOC) - Jane Coffin/Joyce Dogniez (invited)
IEEE - Karen McCabe (invited)

Content of the Session:
This proposal is made by TechNation, a Kabul-based technology and entrepreneurship support company, with the support from its programs, TechWomen Afghanistan, and TechWomen.Asia. “Fast Tracking Digital Dividends for Women in Central Asia and South Asia (CASA)” workshop. The workshop explores digital solutions shaped for and by women in the CASA region that already show initial impact on economic growth, creation of paid work (jobs), new kinds of services (such as, e-health, e-agriculture, other socially relevant applications), and that have potential for scalability to broaden impact to benefit women in the CASA countries. Country speakers will present case studies that examine the link between (a) quality of access to the Internet and related technologies and (b) quality of foundations for a digital economy, including (1) regulations and publicpolicies of national governments that allow firms to connect and to compete, (2) digital skills that are needed to leverage uses of technology, and (3) institutions/organizations that are capable and accountable. Moreover, the country speakers will examine the level of digital development of their country (emerging, transitioning or transforming) and determine whether policies match the needed progress and the level of achievement. 

The session will open with an introduction of the concept of “digital dividends,” based on the World Bank report and other research, with a focus on women. An “expert” speaker will be invited to “set the stage.” Country speakers will present case studies that examine the link between (a) quality of access to the Internet and related technologies and (b) quality of foundations for a digital economy, The speakers and general participants will then break into small groups (by sectoral interests) to brainstorm and highlight digital development strategies that are broader than ICT strategies that could be scaled within and between countries. Rapporteurs will be assigned to each breakout group, as recording and real time transcription is not available to breakout groups. A template approach will be used to capture each group’s ideas and suggestions.

At the end of the session, the groups come back together to summarize their small group discussions and the invited “resource speakers” will suggest ideas for next steps in the scaling up of the case studies or pilot projects, as a way of shaping women’s digital future in CASA and accelerating progress. The workshop participants will further explore the link between the workshop topic about fast-tracking digital dividends for women and by women to the overall IGF2017 main theme of Shaping Your Internet.

Background: Women make almost half of the population in CASA (49.8%). In Central Asia, the percent of female population is: 48.46% in Afghanistan, 49.39% in Tajikistan, 50.83% in Uzbekistan, 50.84% in Turkmenistan, 51.72% in Kazakhstan, and 50.53% in Kyrgyzstan. In South Asia, the percent of female population is: Pakistan: 48.63, India: 48.16, Bangladesh: 49.51, Sri Lanka: 51.75, Nepal: 51.54, Bhutan: 46.26, and Maldives: 49.85. Majority of these women live below the poverty line, do not have access to education, sustainable livelihoods, and technologies. Access to internet is considered a luxury, rather than a basic human right. Issues such as digital literacy, local technologies, local content, poor infrastructure, cost of bandwidth, quality of service and inadequate policies are shared problems in the region. Yet, pilot programs and initiatives abound for discussion, information exchange, and sharing good practices, even lessons learned from failures. Thus, the workshop objective of sharing good practices across CASA in fast tracking digital dividends is consistent with the IGF’s commitment of bringing a diverse group of stakeholders from a geographic region to discuss shaping your Internet.

Relevance of the Session:
The workshop objective of sharing good practices across Central Asia and South Asia (CASA) in fast tracking digital dividends is consistent with the IGF’s commitment of bringing a diverse group of stakeholders from a geographic region to discuss shaping your Internet. The workshop will explore policies that are matched to the level of digital development: at the emerging level where foundations are laid for digital adoption; at the transitioning level where everyone is enabled to take advantage of new technologies; and at the transforming level where digital dividends are shown in faster growth, more jobs, and better services.

Tag 1: Gender Issues
Tag 2: Digital Future
Tag 3: Enhanced cooperation

Interventions:
The Overview of the Workshop and Introduction of Digital Dividends Framework (5-10 minutes). Speakers will frame their discussion on the link between (a) quality of access to the Internet and related technologies and (b) quality of regulations that allow firms to connect and to compete, skills that leverage technology, and institutions that are capable and accountable. And then they can drill down on their specific project or initiative that focused on (a) skills that leverage technology and the impact on job creation OR (b) institution building and the impact on service delivery OR (c) advocating for regulation (if NGO) or regulatory policy (if govt) and the impact on productivity, etc. (Each speaker will have 5 minutes each x 4 speakers = 20 minutes) then participate in one of four break out groups by sectoral interest (30 minute in depth discussion). Virtual break our groups as well. Report back and recommendations = 30 minutes). Total time = 90 minutes

Diversity:
Diversity is reflected as follows: The speakers are all female, geographic diversity - speakers are from Afghanistan, UAE, Pakistan and the U.S. representing civil society, technical community, public policy from a private sector perspective, with some wearing multiple stakeholder hats. 

Online Participation:
We will use Webex provided by the IGF secretariat. The online moderator will participate in the training to be provided by IGF and facilitate remote participation. Prior to the actual session at IGF, we will host online sessions and promote the workshop via social media so additional people can join in. We will ask the remote participants to add to the knowledge base. We will select a few venues in several of the Central and South Asian countries where people can have access and connect with the session online in real time. The illustrative venues are: Kabul at TechNation’s office, Pakistan’s Code for Pakistan facility, Facebook India and World Pulse. At each of these venues, the participants will be provided with a moderator who can set the stage and facilitate the group’s remote participation, including their own break- out session or remote participation in one of the break-out groups. The remote participants will share the recommendations arising out of their break-out session for inclusion in the action planning discussion.

Discussion facilitation:
Effective facilitation of a discussion involves the recognition and employment of different perspectives and different skills to create an inclusive environment. Discussion is a powerful mechanism for active learning; a well-facilitated discussion allows the participant to explore new ideas while recognizing and valuing the contributions of others. Discussion facilitation will include: 1. Creating an inclusive environment; 2. Keeping discussions constructive and positive; 3. Encouraging participants.

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Maria Beebe

Advisor, TechNation
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Tuesday December 19, 2017 10:40 - 12:10 CET
Room XI - A United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

15:00 CET

Combating Online Violence Against Politically-Active Women (WS166)

Proposer's Name: Ms. Kirsten Zeiter
Proposer's Organization: National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Co-Proposer's Name: Ms. Amanda Domingues
Co-Proposer's Organization: National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Co-Organizers:
Ms.,Amanda, Domingues, Civil Society, National Democratic Institute
Ms.,Sandra,Pepera, Civil Society, National Democratic Institute 


Session Format: Panel - 90 Min

Proposer:
Country: United States
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Co-Proposer:
Country: United States
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Speaker: Nathan Matias
Speaker: Soraya Chemaly
Speaker: Nighat Dad
Speaker: David Kaye

Content of the Session:
This session will be a multi-sector panel discussion about strategies for understanding and combating online violence against politically-active women. Online harassment of politically-active women is one form of the global problem of violence against women in politics (VAW-P), and can result in women choosing not to participate in leadership or political debates, and ultimately not to express their opinion. The resulting limitation of both the number of women able to participate and the range of issues discussed poses a fundamental challenge to democracy, progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment, as well as to the integrity of the information space. The panel will engage experts from multiple sectors including digital activism, women's empowerment, technology, and international governance, to discuss methods for building international understanding of this issue and identifying strategies for combating it.

Relevance of the Session:
As political discourse increasingly shifts online, a free, open and inclusive internet where all citizens can engage in dialogue is critical to modern democracy. However, in too many places, citizens’ ability to engage in political discourse online is under threat by online activity by individuals and organizations that seek to silence or exclude the voices of women and other marginalized groups, such as online violence against politically-active women. This type of activity can have the devastating impact of driving women, and especially young women, away from online political discourse - ultimately undermining the integrity of the information space and of democratic culture and practice. This issue pertains directly to the IGF 2017 main theme, "Shape Your Digital Future," because if women, and especially young women, are not able to participate equally in online spaces due to online violence, they will not be able to be part of the decision-making that shapes their digital future.

Tag 1: Gender Issues
Tag 2: Digital Inclusion
Tag 3: Human Rights Online

Interventions:
This panel will facilitate discussion between multiple experts across sectors, who can leverage their expertise in gender equality, civic technologies, and internet governance to discuss how to understand and combat online violence against politically-active women. Each speaker will share their perspective and experience with this issue, the approaches they have employed, the challenges that remain, and next steps for understanding and combating online violence against politically-active women. Specifically, Nathan Matias will discuss his technical research on factors that contribute to fair participation online, and approaches to large scale experiments on reducing harassment online. Soraya Chemaly will contribute her perspective as a leading writer, activist, and advocate for curbing online abuse, media and tech diversity, and expanding women's freedom of expression. Nighat Dad is the Executive Director of Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan. She is an accomplished lawyer and a human rights activist. Nighat Dad is the Executive Director of Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan. She is an accomplished lawyer and a human rights activist. Nighat Dad will share her experience as a pioneer campaigning around access to open internet in Pakistan and globally, campaigning and engaging at a policy level on issues focusing on Internet Freedom, Women and technology, Digital Security and Women’s empowerment. As UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expressions, David Kaye will provide insight into intergovernmental approaches to combating online violence against politically-active women, particularly as it pertains to issues of freedom of expression. Together, these perspectives and experiences will contribute to a nuanced and multi-faceted discussion that takes into account multiple sectors, regions, and stakeholder groups.

Diversity:
The speakers and moderator of the panel represent varying genders, geographic backgrounds, age groups, stakeholder group, and policy perspectives. To further facilitate diversity and participant interaction, the discussion also plans for digital participation and engagement. The panel moderator will further take every effort to ensure diversity in participation during the Q&A / discussion session at the conclusion of the panel, to ensure a variety of voices have the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the discussion.


Onsite Moderator: Sandra Pepera, Civil Society, National Democratic Institute
Online Moderator: Amanda Domingues, Civil Society, National Democratic Institute
Rapporteur: Kirsten Zeiter, Civil Society, National Democratic Institute

Online Participation:
This panel will be livestreamed in Washington, DC for civil society, democracy and governance, and women's empowerment experts. Twitter will also be used to promote the panel discussion and facilitate live interaction with an international audience. Our online moderator, Amanda Domingues, will participate online as well and feed questions from these participants up to the panel in real time in order to develop a robust global discussion.

Discussion facilitation:
Moderated by Sandra Pepera, each speaker will have the opportunity to share their perspectives on raising awareness of and combating online violence against politically-active women. In order to facilitate a lively dialogue between the speakers, Ms. Pepera will open the floor to allow each speaker to share their perspectives through a series of guiding questions. There will be opportunity throughout the panelist discussion for panelists to interact with one-another and address points raised by the panel. Following this, there will be time for questions and discussion from the audience within IGF and through online participation.

Conducted a Workshop in IGF before?: No
Link to Report: 

Additional Speakers: 

Dr. Dubravka Šimonović (confirmed in principle)
United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women

Ms. Dubravka Šimonovic was appointed as United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences in June 2015 by the UN Human Rights Council for an initial three years' tenure (maximum tenure of six years). She started her tenure on 1 August 2015.

Ms. Šimonović was a member of the CEDAW Committee between 2002 and 2014, and served as its Chairperson in 2007 and 2008, its follow-up Rapporteur from 2009 to 2011 and as the Chairperson of the Optional Protocol Working Group in 2011.

For a number of years she headed the Human Rights Department at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia and was posted as the Minister Plenipotentiary at the Permanent Mission of Croatia to the United Nations in New York.  She was also the Ambassador to the OSCE and United Nations in Vienna, Austria. She was the Chairperson of the UN Commission on the Status of Women between 2001 and 2002 and also worked as a member of the UNIFEM Consultative Committee. Ms Šimonović served on the UN Women Advisory panel producing the report Progress of the World’s Women: In pursuit of Justice.

At the regional level she was the Chair and Vice Chair of the Council of Europe’s Task Force to combat violence against women, including domestic violence in 2006 and 2007.  Between 2008 and 2010, she co-chaired the Ad hoc Committee (CAHVIO) that elaborated the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.

Ms. Šimonović holds a PhD in family law from the University of Zagreb. She is the author of several books and articles on women’s rights and violence against women. She also lectured at the Harvard Law School, Nottingham University, Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights (University of Cincinnati) and at the Women’s Human Rights Training Institute organized by the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation.

Dr Dubravka Šimonovic is a Visiting Professor in Practice in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at LSE.

Agenda: 

Welcome and Introduction: Sandra Pepera (moderator) (10 minutes)

Panelist Interventions (35 minutes, 7 minutes for each speaker)
- Dr. Dubravka Šimonović 
- Soraya Chemaly
- Nathan Mathias
- Nighat Dad
- David Kaye

Moderator-Guided follow-up questions (15 minutes)
Audience Questions and Discussion (30 minutes)

 

 

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Tuesday December 19, 2017 15:00 - 16:30 CET
Room XXII - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

16:40 CET

Achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in a Digital Future: Where Do Youth Stand? (WS90)

Proposer's Name: Ms. Khouloud Dawahi
Proposer's Organization: UN Major Group for Children and Youth
Co-Proposer's Name: Mr. Donovan Guttieres
Co-Proposer's Organization: UN Major Group for Children and Youth
Co-Organizers:
1. Mr. Donovan Guttieres, Civil Society, United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY)
2. Ms. Khouloud Dawahi, Civil society,UN Major Group for Youth and Children 

Session Format: Panel - 90 Min
Format description: The session will start by setting the scene and outlining the purpose and objectives of the session. Speakers will then offer flash presentations reflecting on the work undergone by their respective organizations while sharing best practices, lesson learned, recommendations, and emerging trends with the audience. These brief presentations will set the stage for an interactive, moderated discussion between the speakers of the panel and the audience, followed by questions and answers, and a conclusion.

Proposer:
Country: Tunisia
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Co-Proposer:
Country: United Kingdom
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Speaker: khouloud Dawahi 
Speaker: Donovan Guttieres
Speaker: Sharada Srinivasan
Speaker: Michael Joseph Oghia

Content of the Session:
This workshop will take the form of an interactive, intergenerational discussion to leverage the expertise and research experiences of the diverse organizations taking part in the session. The focus of the discussion will be at the intersection of ICTs, policy, youth, and sustainable development. It will highlight the ways in which ICTs can be used to share knowledge, promote citizen-based reporting on the SDGs, build capacity, and enable access to tools for implementing the SDGs. Enhancing digital literacy is especially important to leverage the potential benefits that come from ICTs. It will further highlight the importance of engaging youth in decision-making processes surrounding ICTs, allowing them to deliberate and share perspectives on the intersection of ICTs, policy, society, and governance. For example, youth are actively engaged in conducting impact assessments on the social, environmental, and economic dimensions of ICTs, including its design, development, deployment, scale, and appropriate and inclusive use. As pivotal catalysts in implementing the SDGs, engaging youth is crucial to mobilize long-lasting change.

During the workshop, the panelists will present examples of youth-led initiatives to enhance and democratize access to Internet and appropriate use of ICTs, as well as youth-led participatory technology assessments and foresight surrounding ICTs, and a range of other topics. Speakers come from diverse regions, backgrounds, and field of practice - which contribute to an engaging and fruitful dialogue. The panel will then discuss various topics at the intersection of ICTs, policy, and society, focusing on the role of youth using ICTs as a vehicle towards achieving the 2030 Agenda. The panel will give a chance for the presenters, along with other invited panelists, to discuss some of the questions highlighted below.

During the panel discussion with the audience both on site and remotely, the following questions will be addressed:

1. How can ICTs be used to enhance participation of youth towards the SDGs? (e.g. knowledge share, awareness raising, reporting)

2. How can ICTs be used as an enabler for youth to contribute to implementing the SDGs? (e.g. digital skills, ICT tools)

3. What avenues do youth have to formally engage in ICT-related discussions and decision making at the global, regional, and national level? What barriers do they face?

4. What are examples and best practices for democratizing access to ICT knowledge, building digital literacy, and ensuring appropriate use ICTs for sustainable livelihoods and community resilience?

5. How can youth in developing countries leverage the rapid rate of digitization, as well as different e-governance structures that give rise to unique patterns of innovation, in order to leapfrog into the digital economy?

6. How and in what ways do the generic properties of ‘digital creativity’ create different kinds of opportunity for decent jobs and movement across traditional work roles?

7. What is the importance of youth engaging in participatory technology assessments for ICTs? How can they meaningfully engage?

During the event, the UN Major Group for Children & Youth, as the formal General Assembly mandated space for meaningful youth participation in certain intergovernmental processes, will launch a youth-led, peer-review, publication comprised of crowdsourced policy briefs on the topics of digital technology, e-governance, and inclusivity for the 2030 Agenda. This will provide a space for inputs from youth from around the globe, reflecting the positions of youth on emerging issues, best practices, and lessons learned on this topic.

After the moderated panel discussion, the floor will be open for Q&A, from both participants present in the room and those online. The panel will close with recommendations on enhancing access to ICTs and ensuring an inclusive digital future for all.

Relevance of the Session:
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have made it possible for more people to connect to the internet than ever before, with the number increasing each day. A 2014 report by the ITU on annual global ICT use highlights that more than 3 billion people are connected to the internet worldwide. In 2015, the percentage of the population living in areas covered by mobile broadband networks stood at 69 per cent globally. In rural areas, the share was only 29 per cent (Report of the Secretary-General on Progress towards the SDGs). While half the world continues to reap the benefits and make use of an increasingly digital and interconnected society, the other half is left behind. Addressing systemic gaps in reliable access to ICTs and bridging the digital divide is key to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Target 9.c outlines the importance of investing in the requisite physical and digital infrastructure to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet, especially in least developed countries, by 2020. Target 17.8 further emphasizes the potential use of ICTs as a cross-cutting means-of-implementation throughout the 2030 Agenda. Initiatives such as the Technology Facilitation Mechanism, technology banks for LDCs, and other capacity building systems need to adequately address such barriers and enable both appropriate technology use and inclusive policy environments to stay true to the 2030 Agenda’s commitment of “leaving no one behind.”

Youth, defined as individuals between the ages of 13 and 35 by the Youth Coalition on Internet Governance (YCIG), are identified as the catalyst of change in the interconnected world. Comprising close to 50% of the global population, they are key partners in implementing the 2030 Agenda. They are perceived as early adopters of technology, especially ICTs, and able to adapt technology to suit their needs, Furthermore, they are drivers of technology development and innovation. Youth and ICTs are thus two of the main building blocks needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda, as well as the requisite resilience for a sustainable post-2030 digital future.

Tag 1: Internet & ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals
Tag 2: Youth Engagement
Tag 3: Leaving No One Behind in the Digital Future

Interventions:
1. Ms. Katherine Townsend -World Bank /USAID- Global perspective
2. Khouloud Dawahi ,Civil Society ,United Nations Major Group for Children & Youth (UN MGCY) - Global perspective
3. Mr. Mark W. Datysgeld - Governance Primer Coalition - perspective from LAC
4. Ms. Sharada Srinivasan, Civil society CTIC Research Fellow, 1 World Connected, University of Pennsylvania of Law - Global perspective
5. Mr. Michael Oghia, Civil society, Youth Coalition on Internet Governance interim steering committee member - Eastern European perspective.
6. Ms. Chenai Chair, Technical society, Chair, Researcher & Communications/Evaluations Advisor, Research ICT Africa-African Perspective
7. Ms. Meicen Sun, Civil Society, PhD Student, Political Science Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Asian Perspective

Diversity:
The proposed speakers, are well informed about the key issues relating to youth engagement and Internet & ICTs for Sustainable Development since they are young experts working on youth-led initiatives in the field of sustainable development .They also represent different regional perspectives (American and Latin American, European, African, and Asian), different organizations working on ICTs for development and youth engagement (UN MGCY, Governance Primer Coalition, Centre for Youth Empowerment and Leadership, Research ICT Africa, Youth Coalition on Internet Governance, and more), and different stakeholders (Civil society ,Academia, and intergovernmental). Not to mention that the speakers represent both developing and developed countries. 

Onsite Moderator: Khouloud Dawahi - UN Major Group for Children and Youth 
Online Moderator: Arsène Tungali - The Youth Coalition on Internet Go

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Tuesday December 19, 2017 16:40 - 18:10 CET
Room XXII - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

16:40 CET

Online freedom for all = No unfreedom for women How do we solve this equation? (WS152)

Proposer's Name: Ms. Ingrid Brudvig
Proposer's Organization: World Wide Web Foundation
Co-Proposer's Name: Ms. Nandini Chami
Co-Proposer's Organization: IT for Change 
Co-Organizers:
Ms, Ingrid, BRUDVIG, Civil Society, World Wide Web Foundation - Women’s Rights Online Network

Ms, Nandini ,CHAMI, Civil Society, IT for Change


Session Format: Break-out Group Discussions - 90 Min

Proposer:
Country: South Africa
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Co-Proposer:
Country: India
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Speaker: Nanjira Sambuli
Speaker: Nandini Chami
Speaker: Amalia Toledo
Speaker: Lisa Garcia
Speaker: Amel Fahmy

Content of the Session:
The pandemic of technology-mediated violence has emerged as a near-insurmountable barrier for women and girls across the world seeking to use the Internet to expand their life-choices. Governments, Internet companies, and women’s rights activists are united in the recognition that something needs to be done, and that too urgently, if the gender digital divides in access are to be bridged and women’s meaningful use of connectivity assured. But zeroing down on what exactly needs to be done to guarantee a gender-inclusive and safe online public sphere is extremely difficult – as any step in this direction forces us to examine limits to Internet speech and participation that can allow societies to thrive without penalising their women and girls. Online gender based violence combines misogyny, homophobia, racism and other prejudices, making the promise of freedoms online elusive for a large majority of users.

Sexism and its unholy variants are ever-present in multiple Internet based social interactions. Understanding these forms of violations is vital to know how best to balance the competing considerations of freedom of expression online and women’s right to freedom from violence, whether it be a legal measure against online VAW, a private complaint resolution mechanism managed by an Internet intermediary, or civil society-initiated campaigns and awareness programs.

Through an open house discussion using the Break-out Group Discussions format, this workshop seeks to bring together civil society organisations, representatives from social network and social media platforms, and government officials, to reflect upon good practices in this domain that they are familiar with, to address the following questions:

- In framing an effective response to technology-mediated violence against women, what should be the roles and responsibilities of governments, Internet intermediary platforms and civil society organisations, so that freedoms are maximised and un-freedoms eliminated?

- What should be the framework and remit of the law and the mechanisms for effective law enforcement?

- How should intermediary responsibility get operationalised?

- What can civil society organisations do to create online cultures that are gender-inclusive and safe?


Relevance of the Session:
An inclusive digital future is one that respects, protects and promotes women’s human rights. As Dubraka Simonovic, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women has observed, building an Internet free from gender-based violence has become an essential precondition for ensuring women’s full participation in all spheres of life. In realising this objective, it is becoming clear that concerted actions from governments, Internet intermediary platforms, and civil society organisations -- in their respective roles and responsibilities -- is indispensable. Too often, conversations in this area tend to become one-sided -- privileging either a regulatory response or one that is steeped in an ethic of self-governance. This workshop seeks to tide over this impasse, by re-opening the discussion on the balance between considerations of free speech and freedom from violence that we seek to achieve on the Internet, in a way that enables all stakeholders to express their viewpoints. The future of Internet governance also depends on the extent to which we are successful in creating spaces for meaningful multistakeholder dialogue and debate -- and the workshop process intends to demonstrate one way of ensuring this.


Tag 1: Gender Issues
Tag 2: Freedom of Expression Online
Tag 3: Inclusive Digital Futures

Interventions:
Since we are organising the workshop as a Break-out Group Discussion, the speakers will make trigger presentations of 3-4 minutes each, which will help in catalysing small group discussions on the following three questions:

- What should be the framework and remit of the law and robust mechanisms for law enforcement?
- How should intermediary responsibility get operationalised?
- What can civil society organisations do to create online cultures that are gender-inclusive and safe?

Amalia Toledo, Amel Fahmy and Lisa Garcia, will draw upon their expertise of working on freedom from violence issues in Colombia, Egypt and Philippines, respectively, to highlight key issues/concerns around building online cultures that are gender-inclusive and safe. Nanjira Sambuli will reflect upon key issues/concerns in terms of operationalising intermediary liability and Nandini Chami will discuss emerging insights with respect to defining the framework and remit of the law on online gender-based violence and fixing gaps in law enforcement, drawing upon IT for Change’s research in this area.


Diversity:
This workshop reflects women’s leadership in the ICT policy space, as all speakers are women. Speakers are representative of at least 5 developing countries and diverse regions, including Kenya, India, Colombia, Philippines, South Africa and Egypt. Several speakers have attended IGF previously, but at least three are first-time session speakers at the IGF.


Onsite Moderator: Ingrid Brudvig - Women’s Rights Research and Advocacy Coordinator, World Wide Web Foundation 
Online Moderator: Ingrid Brudvig - Women’s Rights Research and Advocacy Coordinator, World Wide Web Foundation 
Rapporteur: We will select a rapporteur from each of the three break out groups. The session moderator, Ingrid Brudvig, will then collate an

Online Participation:
We will facilitate remote participation via the moderator in the room to manage online participation via WebEx (or similar tool). This will be open to the public (participants will have to pre-register) and will allow participants to ask questions and make comments using live audio/video during the session. Remote participants will be able to listen to the introductory trigger presentations and add their comments/questions to relevant Break Out groups. During the Break Out sessions the remote moderator will rotate to each of the groups and communicate the main discussion points with the remote participants for their reactions. We will also encourage remote participation via social media with appropriate hashtags including #womensrightsonline. This facility will be promoted throughout the Web Foundation’s global and local networks in the months leading up to the IGF in December.


Discussion facilitation:
The workshop will open with an introduction by the moderator, Ingrid Brudvig followed by trigger presentations from the speakers, as detailed above. Attendees will then self-organise into three groups, each of which will examine one out of the three key questions of the workshop:

- What should be the framework and remit of the law and robust mechanisms for law enforcement?
- How should intermediary responsibility get operationalised?
- What can civil society organisations do to create online cultures that are gender-inclusive and safe?

After 30 minutes of working on the overarching question, one representative from each group will report back to the plenary -- emerging best practices and continuing challenges that need attention -- in relation to the area they focused upon.

Remote participants will be able to react to the introductory trigger presentations. The remote moderator will also sit in each of the break away groups for 10 minutes each to capture the main discussion points and share this with remote participants.

Following the Break Out sessions the moderator will then respond to the group presentations and summarise the key insights they provide, to the larger question of what should be the roles and responsibilities of governments, Internet intermediary platforms and civil society organisations, specifically, in the context of responding to online GBV in a manner that maximises freedoms, and eliminates un-freedoms. Reactions from remote participants will also be shared.


Conducted a Workshop in IGF before?: Yes
Link to Report: https://www.intgovforum.org/cms/documents/igf-meeting/igf-2014-istanbul/open-forums-1/285-report-web-foundation-open-forum-igf-2014/file

Agenda: 
  • Welcome and Introductions: 10 minutes
  • Trigger Presentations (Amalia Toledo, Amel Fahmy, Lisa Garcia, Nanjira Sambuli, Nandini Chami): 25 minutes
  • Breakout groups: 30 minutes
  • Group 1: What should be the framework and remit of the law and robust mechanisms for law enforcement?
  • Group 2: How should intermediary responsibility get operationalised?
  • Group 3: What can civil society organisations do to create online cultures that are gender-inclusive
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Session Organizers
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Ingrid Brudvig

Women's Rights Research and Advocacy Coordinator, World Wide Web Foundation
Ingrid coordinates the Women’s Rights Online country partner network and research initiatives. Prior to joining the Web Foundation in 2014, Ingrid coordinated a network of anthropologists across Africa conducting ethnographic research on ICTs, and co-edited a published book on “Mobilities... Read More →


Tuesday December 19, 2017 16:40 - 18:10 CET
Room XXIV - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

17:50 CET

Addressing gender violence on the Internet through strategic litigation (WS227)

Proposer's Name: Ms. Jazmin Acuna
Proposer's Organization: TEDIC
Co-Proposer's Name: Ms. Maricarmen Sequera
Co-Proposer's Organization: TEDIC 
Co-Organizers:
Same as the Proposal Contact person. 


Session Format: Flash Session - 30 Min

Proposer:
Country: Paraguay
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Co-Proposer:
Country: Paraguay
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Speaker: Jazmin Acuna
Speaker: Maricarmen Sequera
Speaker: Luis Pablo Alonzo

Content of the Session:
In this session, we would like to present a strategic lawsuit that TEDIC is carrying forward in order to defy a court decision that censor a publication about gender-violence on the Internet. We want to describe how we have worked to raise awareness about the issues that affect women online, such as cyber harassment, phising, “sextorsion“, and others. Specifically, how we are making use of litigation tools to bring attention to the need to discuss the gendered nature of violence on the Web and ways to address it. The presentation will focus on a recent case whereby a famous YouTuber in Paraguay filed a lawsuit against a journalist and TEDIC for publishing screen-shots of a group chat where several men discuss how to rape the journalist in order to correct her sexual orientation. Policymaking debates that have emerged around the case are centered on questions of privacy, public interest, freedom of expression and digital inclusion, among others. 

Relevance of the Session:
The session proposal is relevant to policymaking debates that are taking place around the world, particularly those related to ICTs and development, issues of privacy and freedom of expression and how to regulate gender-based violence on the Internet. Organizations such as Article19, Access Now and Latam digital rights partners such as Fundación Karisma, R3D and Derechos Digitales have shown their support for TEDIC and the journalist and have expressed their concern about the precedents that could leave this case.


Tag 1: Gender Issues
Tag 2: Freedom of Expression Online
Tag 3: Internet Governance

Interventions:
Since the format of the flash session focuses on the work of an organization, the speakers - members of TEDIC - will present the case throughout the time of the session. The presentation will be accompanied by a slideshow. If possible, we would like to open up some time for Q&A. 

Diversity:
The session will be led by two women from TEDIC - Maricarmen Sequera and Jazmin Acuna - who will discuss the issue of gendered violence on the Web with a perspective from the global South. This means focusing on challenges of working with weak and often corrupt judiciaries, entrenched sexist values in society and government institutions and media outlets that perpetuate rape culture. 

Onsite Moderator: Jazmín Acuna
Online Moderator: Luis Pablo Alonzo 
Rapporteur: Luis Pablo Alonzo 

Online Participation:
Due to the format of this session, online participation will be limited to sharing twits from the speakers‘ presentation. 

Discussion facilitation:
Due to the format of the presentation, discussion beyond the speakers‘ presentations will be limited to a small session of Q&A, only if there is enough time for it. 

Conducted a Workshop in IGF before?: No
Link to Report: 

Additional Speakers: 

None

Agenda: 

-Brief presentation about TEDIC and the speakers

-Short Q&A with participants to introduce a case of gender violence in Paraguay: Participants will receive a paper with a general description of the case in which a journalist, who is a lesbian woman, had access to a group chat where a number of men discuss how to correct her sexual orientation by raping her. The goal of this exercise is to discuss the options available (or not) to the journalist in that particular instance. 

-Presentation of the case where a judge censored TEDIC and the journalist for making public the chat conversation and calling it an issue of gender violence: a reflection on the limits of privacy, freedom of expression and public interest. 

-Strategies applied to address the case: litigation, media campaign, grassroots organizing

-Short Q&A 


Tuesday December 19, 2017 17:50 - 18:20 CET
Room XXIII - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)
 
Wednesday, December 20
 

10:10 CET

Best Practice Forum (BPF) on Gender & Access

Session format: Panel Discussion

Time: 90 Mins

BPF Gender and Access

Over the past three years, the IGF’s Best Practice Forum (BPF) on Gender has been investigating various challenges pertinent to women’s ability to access and use the Internet. In 2016, it looked at the barriers that women face in not only accessing but also using the Internet, along with mapping initiatives and methods that have been used in diverse jurisdictions to overcome these barriers (see the report here). In 2015, it investigated online abuse and gender-based violence (see the outcome report here), which has been shown to form a significant barrier for women wanting to access and use the Internet in certain regions.

The BPF’s work has indicated that much of the initiatives and literature available on women’s ability to access and use the Internet tend to approach women as a homogenous group and fails to truly account for the unique way in which contexts and circumstances might impact women’s ability to access and use the Internet. As a result, the BPF community in 2017 decided to look at the specific barriers faced by specific communities of women - including women with disabilities, refugee women, young women, elderly women, LGBTQI women, women in rural areas, and indigenous women.

The survey inputs received from women working, representing or advocating for the various sub-groups brought out the specific needs and challenges in social and economic development facilitated by Internet access. It also detailed various initiatives at regional and national levels that are addressing some of these challenges. Connecting with the community, accessing information, and promoting educational opportunities were some of the key needs for the various sub-groups. The survey highlighted lack of infrastructure, insufficient local and relevant content, and social and cultural norms as major hindrances  to Internet access for refugee women, indigenous women, queer women and young women. It also stressed the need for gender-focused policies and the sustainable grassroot-level initiatives to enhance inclusivity.

Join the BPF and its panel at this working session to discuss the BPF’s preliminary findings and recommendations for further exploration, and the ways in which stakeholders can support the work in addressing barriers to meaningful access faced by specific communities of women.

Moderator: Jac SM Kee

BPF Rapporteur: Mili Semlani

Discussants: Anri van der Spuy (RIA/ISOC, South Africa), Bruna Santos (Youth Observatory, Brazil), Smita Vanniyar (Point of View, India), Chenai Chair (Research ICT Africa, South Africa), Samantha Eisenhauer (UNHCR), Doreen Bogan-Martin (ITU/EQUALS)



Session Organizers
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Mili Semlani

My voluntary experience with Internet and Communication Technology (ICT) policy space started as a Netmission Ambassador in 2013 and the APrIGF Fellowship in 2017 further propelled my enthusiasm to work in this ecosystem. As a youth ambassador I was part of the pilot team to introduce... Read More →


Wednesday December 20, 2017 10:10 - 11:40 CET
Room XXV - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

10:10 CET

How does social media shape our minds? (WS130)

Proposer's Name: Mr. David NG
Proposer's Organization: NetMission.Asia [Asia Pacific | Civil Society]
Co-Proposer's Name: Mr. Hans Martens
Co-Proposer's Organization: European Schoolnet (EUN)  [Europe | Civil Society]
Co-Organizers:
Mr. David NG, Civil Society, NetMission.Asia
Mr. Hans MARTENS, Civil Society, European Schoolnet
Session Format: Break-out Group Discussions - 90 Min


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Session Moderator: Ms. Jianne Soriano, NetMission.Asia (Asia Pacific)
Facilitators:
Mr. David Ng, eHelp Association (Asia Pacific)
Ms. Sabrina Vorbau, European Schoolnet (WEOG)
Mr. Michael J. Oghia, Steering Committee of YCIG (MENA)
Ms. Heiki Tsang, NetMission.Asia (Asia Pacific)
Mr. Guilherme Alves da Silva, Youth Observatory (LAC)
Rapporteur: Ms. Yannis Li, DotAsia Organisation 
Remote Moderator: Mr. Sam Kong, DotAsia Organisation 


Content of the Session:
The current data from “Digital in 2017 Global Overview” shows that among the 3.773 billion internet users, there are 73.91% who actively use social media. According to a study from Pew Research Center in 2015, American teens ages 13 to 17 with 76% of all teens already using social media platforms.

In July 2017, YIGF in Asia Pacific will organize a session with the theme “How does social media shape our minds?”. Youth from the Asia Pacific region will join the event to discuss how social media influence their daily lives and more importantly, how it shapes their online behaviour and mindset. Taking the discussion outcome from the Asia Pacific perspective forward, and hoping to gather the global opinion, the proposed workshop will address the following key issues regarding social media.

Break-out Groups:

1) Methods of receiving information (Co-Facilitators & Rapporteur: David & Sabrina)
News feeds on social media accounts usually show the information with users’ preference automatically, which may lead to users being limited to a single source of information. Meanwhile, fake news is widely spread on the social media platform. The different ways of how users access information is worth discussing. Collaboration of different stakeholders is needed to improve the situation.

2) Communication pattern (Co-Facilitators & Rapporteur: Michael & Jianne)
On one hand, social media provides a channel for people to express themselves. On the other hand, cyberbullying and hate speech appear more frequently in cyberspace. There should be a balance to draw the line between freedom of speech and the responsibilities of netizens. How we draw the line is the concern.

3) New innovations on social media (Co-Facilitators & Rapporteur: Guilherme & Heiki)
Social media creates a new platform for people to start new initiatives for social good such as instant fact check during elections, forums and the live function to report emergencies. Best practices on new innovations should be shared for the community as reference.

The purpose of the session is not only to reflect the facts about the influence of social media mentioned above. It also provides a chance to raise suggestions to modify current policies of social media platforms and solutions to the discussed issues. Moreover, it aims to create a guide and tips on social media usage for youth and general internet users.

Agenda
8 mins - [Background introduction] Setting the scene by session moderator
40 mins - [Breakout group discussion] Facilitators will be assigned to each group to facilitate the discussion on the topic
15 mins - [Report session] Break-out group rapporteurs will present the summary of each group, and online moderator will also recap the discussion in the chat room
25 mins - [Open Mic / Roundtable discussion] Suggestions on solution to the issues as well as modification of current policies of social media platforms will be discussed
2 mins - [Wrap up] Follow-up items and key take aways of the workshop


Relevance of the Session:
According to the “Digital in 2017 Global Overview”, there is 2.789 billion active social media users in Jan 2017, a dramatic rise of 21 % compared to Jan 2016. The issues related to social media surely shape the digital world of our future.

The discourse is leaded by youth (NetMission Ambassadors) with reference to the discussion outcomes in Asia Pacific Youth IGF. It provides a channel not only to engage young people in the Internet Governance discussion, it also empowers our next generation to raise topics of their concern, which facilitates the development of upcoming digital policy discourse environment and better shape the future multistakeholder discussion method on online issues. 

Tag 1: Youth Engagement
Tag 2: Social Media
Tag 3: Future Internet

Interventions:
Instead of having keynote speakers to share their point of view, the workshop aims to collect and encourage voices from all participants. All participants with experience of using social media are welcome to share their views and concerns. The workshop will be in 3 different breakout groups on the following topics: 1) Methods of receiving information; 2) Communication pattern; and 3) New innovations on social media. Facilitators will be assigned to each group to facilitate discussion and recap the main ideas raised within the group. The workshop aims to synthesize a best practices and tips guide on social media usage for youth and general internet users, and guide will be published online after the IGF.

Diversity:
In the format of breakout group discussion, onsite and remote participants regardless of gender, geography, stakeholder group, age, disabilities or policy perspectives can join the onsite group or online chat room to express their views freely. The purpose of choosing this format is hoping to collect the voice from various background on the issue.

Conducted a Workshop in IGF before?: Yes
Link to Report: https://www.intgovforum.org/cms/igf2016/index.php/proposal/view_public/84

 


Session Organizers
avatar for David NG

David NG

Co-founder, eHelp Association
David has been devoted to the advocacy of children's rights in Hong Kong and international level since 1999 when he was selected to be one of the Ambassadors of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and as a founding member of the Children’s Council in Hong... Read More →


Wednesday December 20, 2017 10:10 - 11:40 CET
Room XXIII - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

11:50 CET

Navigating gender and youth challenges: telling stories about women, technology and creation (WS212)

Proposer's Name: Ms. Bruna Santos 
Proposer's Organization: GenderYouth/Youth Observatory
Co-Proposer's Name: Ms. Louise Marie Hurel
Co-Proposer's Organization: Gender Youth/Youth Observatory
Co-Organizers:
Ms Angelica, CONTRERAS, Civil Society, Youth Observatory
Ms Evelyn, NAMARA, Civil Society, Africa Civil Society on Information Society (ACSIS)


Session Format: Break-out Group Discussions - 90 Min

Proposer:
Country: Brazil
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Co-Proposer:
Country: Brazil
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Speaker: Treiber Jackie
Speaker: Jennifer Chung
Speaker: Louise Marie Hurel
Speaker: Barbara Wanner
Speaker: Heshadharani Poornima


Content of the Session:
The Internet is today a community of over 3 billion users. For the Internet to enable growth, women and men should have equal opportunities. Even though this topic has been more than discussed by all stakeholders, women and girls are still facing challenges either to access Internet, to be part of the technical community and barriers when they already have internet access.

This workshop will consist on a Narrative-based approach to promote a discussion between generations of female internet users. By telling stories and sharing experiences, the idea is to solve questions such as 'How women access the Internet?' or 'What is the content that women create on the Internet?' in order to provide meaningful insights on the way we see/perceive the relationship between women and tech.

The idea is to build an empathetic environment to promote a collective comprehension on different realities and points of view that women from different regions in the world have. There are different ways of communicating challenges among women. Reaching out to fellow women in the field is a way of exchanging views and harnessing a trust-based collaborative relationship between generations, regions and stakeholder groups. (There are different ways of communicating with women, so being able to reach out to female fellows in the field can hopefully achieve some sort of mentorship through the exchange between generations, with women from different places, cultures and stakeholder groups).

From the more intimate and informal conversation environment that the groups would provide us, we would like to share stories and hear from the audience the different forms of approaches to the Internet they had and how they feel with that. In addition, as young women we would like to hear from the groundbreaking female leaders who are already working on the ICT field and learn from their experiences. And from this conversation we would able to verify whether our barriers are the same and the better ways of defying these challenges.

As for the format of the workshop, and given the fact that we want to bridge not only generations but also the relationship between onsite/remote audience and speakers, the general audience will be separated into groups according to the number of proposed speakers. Each speaker will be assigned to a group and will be responsible to lead the conversation/debate following this scheme.
1. Narratives of the Leaders
2. Narratives of the Youth
3. Barriers encountered by women on the ICT field.
4. Questions:
(a) What could be done in order to bridge the generations and to engage the ones that are still to come?
(b) What are the main barriers encountered by women on the ICT field? and what should be done to empower and engage young women regarding the Use of ICTs ?
(c) How do women engage with and in with the Internet in order to provide meaningful insights on the way we see/perceive the relationship between women and tech?
(d) How can we create a safer Internet for women? How can we reassure the importance of freedom of expression online?
(e) Why the gender digital divide is still so pronounced even though all stakeholders know that it exists?
(f) Bearing in mind the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) no 5:, “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls", is it possible to achieve this goal by 2033 knowing that we just do not need to bridge the divide, but we also need to get greater numbers of women online?

Since we strongly believe on this work as an ongoing project for (a) empowering Young female leaders and (b) engaging the different leaders, we would like to come up with solutions regarding ways of enhancing approaches, how women can be inserted in the tech field, what could be done to improve our profits in this relation with the Internet. Therefore, the main outcome of the session would be a decalogue of rights for women on Internet. 

Relevance of the Session:
This workshop will:
Promote the guidance for the younger generations by navigating through the experiences of different leaders, whether they are new ones or the rock star pioneers that first explored the Internet governance land.

Enable a safe and empathetic environment for women to discuss their diverse views and narratives with the internet.

Reassure the importance of the freedom of expression by encouraging women to speak their voices and find their paths.

Allow participants to learn from women who already have a trajectory of life and work on how to deal with all kinds of barriers, in order to reduce inequality and build strategies as a person and as a group.

Help women realize how they can shape their digital future with testimonies and experiences from other female leaders on the ICT field. It should be noted that the break out group format emphasizes that, even though we might refer to them as leaders, the session is a collective effort of humanizing trajectories, voicing challenges and sharing pathways through diverse and multi stakeholder approaches.

Also, Gender Youth is a collective that has emerged from the Youth Observatory participation in the BPF gender and Access as some of us were engaged in the best practice forum as independent researchers and/or participants.

Young Latin American women declaration: Enabling Access to Empower Young Women and Build a Feminist Internet Governance - we took on a narrative approach to write out input document for the BPF Gender & Access and agreed that having the same strategy for reaching out to more women through our experiences would be a liberating thing to do.

This session seeks to give continuity to the work set forth by the Young Latin American Women Declaration and thus engage with different visions and experiences -- both in terms of sectors and regions -- of the relationship between gender, youth and technology.

Tag 1: Gender Issues
Tag 2: Freedom of Expression Online
Tag 3: Youth Engagement

Interventions:
- Barbara Wanner, USCIB, What could be done in order to bridge the generations and to engage the ones that are still to come? 
- Jennifer Chung, DotAsia, What are the main barriers encountered by women on the ICT field? and what should be done to empower and engage young women regarding the Use of ICTs ?
- Jackie Treiber, IcannWiki, How do women engage with and in with the Internet in order to provide meaningful insights on the way we see/perceive the relationship between women and tech?
- Louise Marie Hurel, Gender Youth, Why the gender digital divide is still so pronounced even though all stakeholders know that it exists? 
- Heshadharani Poornima, 25 under 25 awardee, How can we create a safer Internet for women? How can we reassure the importance of freedom of expression online?

Question to the audience: Bearing in mind the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) no 5:, “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls", is it possible to achieve this goal by 2033 knowing that we just do not need to bridge the divide, but we also need to get greater numbers of women online?

We think it is of utter importance to give women the opportunity to tell their stories, experiences and cases of success in the walk towards a violence-free, accessible and egalitarian Internet in order to provide the new generations with narratives regarding the work that has been carried out up until today and the barriers encountered by many of the actresses working on the subject.

Having said that, the present workshop proposal includes representatives of different stakeholder groups. It is also important to note that when selecting our prospective speakers we took into consideration the generation, age and geographical diversity, the importance of giving the floor to new voices to be heard and also how we could explore the relationship between gender and youth through the proposal. Given the session is focused on Gender Issues, we thought it would be better to have an all women panel with diversity between them.

Onsite Moderator: Bruna Martins dos Santos
Online Moderator: Angelica Contreras
Rapporteur: Sara Fratti 

Online Participation:
Prior to the IGF a survey will be shared in order to outreach women online and to gather ideas and narratives on their online journeys and perceptions of the Internet. Some of the narratives collected will serve as a basic literature for the workshop.

Also, we plan on collecting comments and questions from prospective attendees which may enrich the debate through the hashtags #genderyouthIGF2017 #GYnarratives, before and during the workshop consisting on a

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Session Organizers
avatar for Bruna Santos

Bruna Santos

Policy and Advocacy analyst, Coding Rights
I have a BA in Law and work as a Policy and Advocacy analyst at Coding Rights, with a special focus on Data Protection, Human Rights in the Digital Age and Internet Governance. Additionally, I also hold the position of Chair of the Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) at ICAN... Read More →



Wednesday December 20, 2017 11:50 - 13:20 CET
Room XXIII - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

15:00 CET

DC on Gender and Internet Governance
Online violence, data, publicness, memory and forgetting

This working session of the Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance looks at issues of great digital relevance today: publicness, the right to be forgotten, and the implications of these on our datafied bodies.

Speakers:
Valentina Pellizzer, Association for Progressive Communications, Bosnia-Herzegovina (civil society)

Professor KS Park, Open Net, South Korea (academic)

Cecile Greboval, Council of Europe (government)

https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/an-internet-for-yesallwomen-womens-rights-gender-and-equality-in-digi

Session Organizers
avatar for Bishakha Datta

Bishakha Datta

Executive Director, Point of View
The A to Z of digital worlds, spaces and rights - filtered through the lenses of gender and sexuality. In other words, what do anonymity, data protection, privacy, security, transparency and everything else in between and beyond, mean when explored through different gender and sexualities... Read More →


Wednesday December 20, 2017 15:00 - 16:00 CET
Room XXVII - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

16:10 CET

DC on Child Online Safety

TITLE: Moderating illegal content online and staff welfare – Where do the responsibilities lie? 

The price others pay  for digital dumping – Aspects of online child protection. Huge volumes, unknowable quantities, of unambiguously illegal or profoundly harmful materials are circulating on the Internet. Child sex abuse materials (CSAM) and terrorist propaganda are the types of content most frequently mentioned in this context but there are several others.  

There has been an entirely proper focus on the supply chain companies use to manufacture or deliver their products or services. Typically, these initiatives have been designed to eliminate child labour, slavery or environmental harms. Isn’t it time internet businesses and institutions were pressed to do something for those who daily have to face the unfaceable on our behalf?

Already we are aware of at least one case that is being brought in a US court by ex moderators who claim their former employer did not do enough to shield them from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Whatever the eventual outcome of that case might be it seems a portent of other actions that could be brought. However, our aim should be to avoid the possibility of such suits by insisting on high standards.

INHOPE co-ordinates a global network of hotlines that receive reports of CSAM. To be a member of INHOPE a hotline has to sign up to several commitments in terms of staff welfare needs e.g. access to counsellors, safe spaces and secure places.  

Any company or institution/platforms employing moderators, either in-house or via third parties, should sign up to something similar to the standards that institutions like INHOPE and IWF use for their own analysts who review CSAM all day long, something similar and there should be a mechanism to reassure the public that its terms are being honoured in practice, not just in theory. 

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Marie-laure Lemineur, ECPAT International, Thailand
  • Remote moderator: David NG, eHelp Association, Hong Kong 
  • John Carr, ECPAT International, UK 
  • Larry Magid, member of the Safety Advisory Boards of Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat , USA
  • Susie Hargreave, Chief Executive, Internet Watch Foundation, UK
  • Marco Pancini, Director of EU Public Policy, Google 
  • Karuna Nain, Global Safety Programs Manager, Facebook, USA 

Links to sites of interest on the topic
:

http://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2017/12/05/critique-google-veut-etendre-son-equipe-de-moderation-a-10-000-personnes_5224748_4408996.html (French - Le Monde)

Blog of YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki: https://youtube.googleblog.com/2017/12/expanding-our-work-against-abuse-of-our.html

Internet Watch Foundation post on welfare of their analysts: https://www.iwf.org.uk/news/shorter-working-days-counselling-and-table-tennis-how-internet-watch-foundation-iwf-takes-care



Session Organizers
avatar for Marie Laure Lemineur

Marie Laure Lemineur

Deputy Executive Director for Programmes, ECPAT International


Wednesday December 20, 2017 16:10 - 17:10 CET
Room XXVII - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

16:40 CET

Youth participation in Internet Governance (WS230)

Proposer's Name: Mr. Menno Ettema
Proposer's Organization: Council of Europe - No Hate Speech Movement
Co-Proposer's Name: Ms. Ruxandra Pandea
Co-Proposer's Organization: Youth Department - Council of Europe
Co-Organizers:
Ruxandra Pandea, Youth Department - Council of Europe
Gisella Gori, Council of Europe, Children’s Rights Division


Session Format: Break-out Group Discussions - 90 Min

Proposer:
Country: France
Stakeholder Group: Intergovernmental Organizations

Co-Proposer:
Country: Hungary
Stakeholder Group: Intergovernmental Organizations

Speaker: Milosh Ristovski
Speaker: Gisella Gori
Speaker: Ambassador Corina Calugaru

Content of the Session:
Overview
Participation of young people in decision making is a structured process which, if done meaningfully and ethically, can bring social inclusion of young people and further support society develop. Youth participation in society at all levels and in all its areas has been always at the core of the mission of the youth sector of the Council of Europe as also reflected in the recent Recommendation CM/Rec(2016)7 on access to rights of young people.
The ladder of youth participation developed by Richard Hart proposes 9 stages of participation ranking from manipulation and tokenism to young people’s initiative and co-decision making with adults (authorities).
In order for young people to be able to participate they should have the rights, the means, the space, the opportunity and the support to participate (RMSOS model).
When shaping the future of the internet, often enough those who participate are media and politically literate and they can navigate the circles that involve governments, businesses and civil society in shaping the Internet. However, a much broader array of young people are using the internet and are affected by the ways it is regulated and they do not have the means or the support to participate. Equally, the internet through its nature also allowed for new forms of participation and organisation of young people to emerge, along with new means for reaching out to young people otherwise remote from centres of decision making.
The “workshop” will explore how participation of young people in shaping the internet can be ensured without reproducing and creating new patterns of discrimination and equally how can the internet support further youth participation, association and expression in society.
The Council of Europe youth sector has a unique model of youth participation in decision making at political and programme level, the co-management where representatives of youth organisation (gathered in a body called Advisory Council on Youth) and representatives of the states-party to the European Cultural Convention (European Steering Committee on Youth) take decisions together by consensus.
The Youth Department has also explored through its No Hate Speech Movement Campaign, as well as through its work on participation the potential offered by the Internet and the ways young people can be involved in decision making in Internet governance. In October 2017, a seminar entitled “Youth participation in Internet governance” will have produced recommendations on how youth participation can be enhanced. The recommendations will also be presented and discussed in the workshop.

Programme

16:40 Introduction to the workshop and of participants

16:45 Introduction to the RMSOS model and the conclusions of the seminar on youth participation.
17:00 Exploring with participants the RMSOS model in terms of Internet Governance and the recommendations

17:30 Discussion on youth participation in Internet Governance based on participants’ recommendations with:

  • Ambassador Corina Calugaru, Thematic Coordinator on Information Policy (TC-INF), Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Republic of Moldova to the Council of Europe
  • Milosh Ristovski, Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe
  • GISELLA GORI, Children’s Rights Division, Council of Europe

18:00 Conclusions, wrapping up the session


Relevance of the Session:
The theme of the Internet Governance Forum as well as the Forum in general are concerned with the role different stakeholders take in shaping the digital future be it individual or collective. Young people are active users of the Internet and they also shape it by the way they use it, they are target of marketing campaign, developers, policy makers. But not all young people can take part in the discussion and these processes, often scattered and confusing, in the same way. Some do not understand the political meaning of their participation, while others have more insight and take part in discussions about the way the internet is regulated, the ways various stakeholders as well as technological developments are brought to use, some are initiators. However, they are all impacted by all these decisions and developments.
The workshop is concerned on how to make this process fair and accessible to everyone, how to increase the opportunities, means and support young people have in order to meaningfully engage, along with raising the awareness of various stakeholders of their role in ensuring these processes. 

Tag 1: Youth Participation
Tag 2: Human Rights Online
Tag 3: Democracy

Interventions:
Milosh Ristovski, represents Centre for Intercultural Dialogue in the Advisory Council on Youth. He has extensive experience in the co-management and youth participation (European Youth Forum, national youth council, international organisations) and has been involved in advocating for better youth participation in Internet governance, backed by proper media and political literacy.
Gisella Gori, Policy officer of the Children’s Rights Division of the Council of Europe. The division has been instrumental in setting up such programmes Building a Europe with and for Chidren,
Ambassador Corina Calugaru, Thematic Coordinator on Information Policy (TC-INF), Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Republic of Moldova to the Council of Europe

Diversity:
All speakers are new to IGF. The speakers also represent a diversity regarding gender, regional representation (Canada, Europe, Africa) and come from Intergovermental organisations, civil Society, internet startups and have been involved in national governmental processes regarding internet governance.

Onsite Moderator: Ruxandra Pandea
Online Moderator: Ron Salaj
Rapporteur: Irina Drexler

Online Participation:
The session will be announced through the social media channels of the No Hate Speech Movement (outreach Europe, Morocco, Mexico, Canada, India, United States of America), as well as through the youth organisations and states authorities responsible for youth that are partners with the Council of Europe.
The participants in the Council of Europe seminar “Youth participation in Internet Governance” will take part online and introduce the results of their seminar to the participants in the workshop. The recommendations elaborated in the seminar would have been by the time of the Forum also consulted with other stakeholders such as the local communities and organisations/institutions/ of the participants in the seminar, the Joint Council on Youth. This will be a chance to get a final feedback.
Online participation will be secured with the support of the online moderator. Discussions onsite will also be carried online with the participants (considered a working group of their own), as well as questions are to be brought in.
The session will be either livestreamed via video or a live twitter with a share of slides prepared in advance to ensure everyone can equally participate.


Discussion facilitation:
The session consist of 6 steps
1. Plenary introduction, this intends to give a quick baseline for all participants to start from.
2. Round table with 2 speakers to introduce the topic of youth participation in Internet governance
3. Exploring youth participation in the realities of the participants in the breakout session and critical reflection (working groups)
4. Introduction of the recommendations of the seminar
5. Discussion, completion of the recommendations (in small groups).
6. Conclusions and closure.


Conducted a Workshop in IGF before?: No
Link to Report: 

Agenda: 

16:40 Introduction to the workshop and of participants

16:45 Introduction to the RMSOS model and the conclusions of the seminar on youth participation.
17:00 Exploring with participants the RMSOS model in terms of Internet Governance and the recommendations

17:30 Discussion on youth participation in Internet Governance based on participants’ recommendations with:

  • Ambassador Corina Calugaru, Thematic Coordinator on Information Policy (TC-INF), Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Republic of Moldova to the Council of Europe
  • Milosh Ristovski, Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe
  • GISELLA GORI, Children’s Rights Division, Council of Europe

18:00 Conclusions, wrapping up the session

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Session Organizers
avatar for Menno Ettema

Menno Ettema

No Hate Speech and Cooperation Programme Manager, Anti-Discrimination Department, Council of Europe


Wednesday December 20, 2017 16:40 - 18:10 CET
Room XXVI - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)
 
Thursday, December 21
 

11:20 CET

Redefining Rights for a Gender Inclusive Networked Future (WS102)

Proposer's Name: Ms. Amrita Choudhury
Proposer's Organization: CCAOI
Co-Proposer's Name: Ms. Nadira Al-Araj
Co-Proposer's Organization: ISOC Palestine
Co-Organizers:
Ms Maritza Aguero Minano, Academia, AUI Peru / LACRALO Secretariat
Ms Evelyn Namara, Private Sector, Techpreneur Uganda
Ms Nooria Ahmadi, Technical Community, AfIGF, Afghanistan
Ms Sylvia Kanari, Civil Society, Hivos, Kenya

Session Format: Birds of a Feather - 60 Min

Proposer:
Country: India
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society

Co-Proposer:
Country: Palestinian Territory
Stakeholder Group: Technical Community

Speaker: NADIRA AL-ARAJ
Speaker: Nooria Ahmadi
Speaker: Amrita Choudhury
Speaker: Maritza Aguero
Speaker: Evelyn Namara
Speaker: Sylvia Musalagani

Content of the Session:
Realizing the power of Internet being the greatest leveller, most countries of the Global South today, including India are digitizing all services and facilities.

However for benefits to percolate to the bottom of the pyramid, especially women, policies and social environment needs improvement so that women can freely access the internet, in their preferred language, watch content which they want, express themselves online without fear of being trolled, get equal opportunities in the technical fields and encouragement to become social entrepreneurs by generation of business and digital content.

The participants during this session, will share regional and national perspectives on the social, structural and policy challenges to enhance gender inclusiveness for a connected future, highlighting specific concerns and sharing the best practices and initiatives undertaken in their region by various stakeholders, for digitally empowering women, providing them meaningful access, entrepreneurial opportunities and encouraging women in technology.

The speakers will attempt to identify main global challenges related to gender rights, highlighting specific regional or national issues, share best practices adopted to overcome those challenges and highlight areas of public policy or social aspects that need to be addressed along with suggestions, in order to improve digital rights of women.

This would be an interactive session where participants would also be given time to share their perspectives.

Expected Outcome:

At the end of the session we expect participants to get an insight on the,

1. Existing challenges in creating a gender inclusive networked future
Identify the common challenges across Global South nations
Emphasize the unique regional or national challenges if any.

2. Best practices adopted by certain nations or regions to overcome the challenges

3. Areas which need reforms along with suggestions;
Policy related to improving gender rights
Social and Cultural development.

Duration: 60 mins

Tentative Session Schedule:

1. Introduction to the subject 5 mins
2. Outlining the Current Scenario and Challenges by Participants 15 min
3. Discussion on Regional and National Initiatives 10 mins
4. Suggested improvements 10 mins
5. Open Discussion 15 mins
6. Summarizing key take away from the session 5 mins

Relevance of the Session:
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Report 2016[1] indicates that although average human development, improved significantly across all regions over the last fifteen years, one in three people worldwide still continue to live in low levels of human development. Systemic discrimination against women, indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities, among other groups, are the barriers which are leaving them behind.

The ITU Report on ICT Facts and Figures 2016 indicates that the global Internet user gender gap has grown from 11% in 2013 to 12.2% in 2016 and developing nations such as Africa (23%) have a larger access gap than developed nations such as Americas (2%). They had further estimated that by the end of 2016, only one in seven people is expected to be online from Least Developing Nations (LDCs), of which, only 31% of them would be women.[2]

Existing gender disparities, discrimination and inequalities especially of people living in the Global South in developing and least developed countries, have severely impacted the gender digital divide. Therefore, a stronger focus on those excluded and on actions to dismantle these barriers is urgently needed to ensure sustainable human development for all.

Empowering women and other disadvantaged groups, providing them meaningful and affordable access, enabling and rendering a greater voice in decision-making processes, requires a more refined analysis of key data to inform actions such as assessing their participation and autonomy, focussing on the quality of development rather than quantity is the need of the hour.

To enable a networked future, it is important to create a multicultural internet, encouraging autonomy, potentializing the digital economy and valuing local content. All this is possible when women and other disadvantaged groups e empowered not only by meaningful and affordable access but ensuring them their rights and rendering their voice in decision-making processes.

It is therefore important in this digital age that women are not excluded and their rights are protected so that women can be empowered digitally and equipped to “Shape their own Future” which is the overarching theme of IGF 2017.

In this context , at the end of the session, we expect participants to get an insight on the,

1. Existing challenges in creating a gender inclusive networked future
Identify the common challenges across Global South nations
Emphasize the unique regional or national challenges if any.

2, Best practices adopted by certain nations or regions to overcome the challenges

3. Areas which need reforms along with suggestions;
Policy related to improving gender rights
Social and Cultural development.

Tag 1: Gender Issues
Tag 2: Access and Diversity
Tag 3: Digital Rights

Interventions:
Being a BoF session it would be an interactive session where participants would also be given time to share their perspectives.

Apart from the speakers who come from different stakeholder communities, continents and diverse backgrounds sharing their views and experiences on the subject.

The tentative session schedule would be as follows:

1. Introduction to the subject 5 mins
2. Outlining the Current Scenario and Challenges by Participants 15 min
3. Discussion on Regional and National Initiatives 10 mins
4. Suggested improvements 10 mins
5. Open Discussion 15 mins
6. Summarizing key take away from the session 5 mins

Diversity:
To ensure that the proposed session provides an overall unbiased and holistic view of the Global South with respect to "Redefining Rights for a Gender Inclusive Networked Future" , we have attempted to ensure diversity among the speakers.

1. To ensure relevance of discussion, we have ensured that all the speakers are from developing and LDC countries.

2. To ensure geographic diversity, the speakers belong to different continents , Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Central America, Latin America.

3. Speakers belong to diverse Stakeholder groups, namely Civil Society, Academia, Technical community, Business

4. Each speaker brings different perspectives, experiences and expertise, which is evident from their resumes.

5. Speakers from different age groups including 3 Youth to get different perspectives.

all this we believe will help to ensure the discussions are not tilted towards a particular stakeholder group, community or economy.

Onsite Moderator: Amrita Choudhury
Online Moderator: Renata Aquino Ribeiro
Rapporteur: Angélica Contreras, Youth Observatory, Mexico

Online Participation:
This workshop will rely on IGF support for remote participation and will also experiment with a variety of tools to bring in multiple views for the debate previously, during and after the presentation. Interactive document-building, intensive use of conversation in instantaneous social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Weibo can be completed by warm-up sessions to the workshop with short video messages. 

Discussion facilitation:
The participants are expected to share regional and national perspectives on the social, structural and policy challenges to enhance gender inclusiveness for a connected future, highlighting specific concerns and sharing on the best practices and initiatives undertaken in their region by various stakeholders, to digitally empower women and those who are left out, providing them meaningful access, entrepreneurial opportunities and encouraging women in technology.

During the discussion the speakers would attempt to try and identify main global challenges related to gender rights, while highlighting specific regional or national issues, share best practices which nations or regions have adopted to overcome those challenges. Then they would attempt to share the areas of public policy or social aspects that need to be addressed along with suggestions, to improve the situation.

This would be an interactive session where participants would also be given time to share their perspectives.

Conducted a Workshop in IGF before?: Yes
Link to Report: https://www.i

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Session Organizers
AC

Amrita Choudhury

Director, CCAOI


Thursday December 21, 2017 11:20 - 12:20 CET
Room XXI - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

12:30 CET

Youth Coalition on Internet Governance
Session Organizers
avatar for Michael J. Oghia

Michael J. Oghia

Advocacy & Engagement Manager, Global Forum for Media Development
Co-moderator, PL 4


Thursday December 21, 2017 12:30 - 13:30 CET
Room XXI - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)