Internet Governance and the Voice of the Youth (1/2)

Time and Date

May 31, 5pm – 6:30pm CET


Zoom. A link will be sent to all registered participants after 28 May

Involving civil society in technology discourses: internet governance and the voice of the youth – Part I.

What is Internet Governance, and why should we engage? 

Young people will be the ones to be most affected by technological change and innovation. We are the most tech-savvy user group in many digital areas. Nevertheless, most decisions about technologies and investments in technology policy are made by significantly older decision-makers.  In some policy areas, youth perspectives have increasingly been included in the discourse, for example in internet governance. On national and international levels, the UN Internet Governance Forum has introduced a multi-stakeholder process, which brings together policymakers with the technical community, civil society, industry groups, and more. This increasingly includes young people, which are invited to get involved in the IGF work.    

In this Mini-Series, we discuss youth participation and its effectiveness in the sphere of Internet Governance and beyond. We will learn from both high-level experts and experienced youth ambassadors what they perceive to be effective ways for young people to engage and which developments they expect in the future. 

In the first event, representatives who have long been involved in the multi-stakeholder process introduce their work in Internet Governance and motivate why civil society and youth engagement matters. This is followed by a second event in which youth representatives from across the world join us to discuss best practices on how to engage effectively in international technology policy discourse. Both events will include time for questions and active discussions. 

Disclaimer! We will not dive deep into the issues tackled at the Internet Governance Forum but rather focus on the representation and presence of youth voices in the discourse. We will be happy to facilitate further events on specific topics should the audience indicate interest.

This is the first part of the event. Click here to view the second event.



Elisabeth Schauermann

Team Lead @ German Informatics Society, Communications @ EuroDIG

Elisabeth Schauermann heads the "Society and International Affairs" team at the Berlin office of the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V (German Informatics Society) and also works with the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG). Her work focuses on digital autonomy, Internet governance and science communication. Since 2017, she has led several youth programs in Internet governance at national, European and global level.

Adam Peake

Global Civil Society Engagement @ ICANN

Adam is responsible for ICANN's relations with civil society organizations, including academia, and supporting non-commercial participation in ICANN's multistakeholder model. Before joining ICANN in December 2014, Adam spent more than two decades in Tokyo as a senior researcher at the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM), International University of Japan, where he worked on projects related to telecommunications and Internet policy. Adam has been active in policy-making activities for the deployment and development of the Internet since the early-1990s. He was one of the lead civil society representatives during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), formation of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and NETmundial. Adam was a member of the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) 2006-2008, consultant to the IGF Secretariat 2009-2013, and began a second term as a MAG member in 2021. External to ICANN, Adam is an Associate Executive Research Fellow, Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM), member of the IGF MAG.

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