Council of Europe 2017 Youth Participation in Internet Governance Seminar Strasbourg,France (Funded)

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Application Deadline: Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 13:00 CET.

  •  Youth Participation in Internet Governance Seminar Strasbourg, 24-26 October 2017

The seminar “Youth participation in Internet Governance” will explore how participation of young people in shaping the Internet can be ensured without reproducing and creating new patterns of exclusion and will formulate recommendations for future action to be taken by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe in order to support young people and their organisations meaningful participation in Internet Governance processes.

The three day programme will aim to provide a space for participants to learn about the topic of the seminar, to share from their practices and experience, to identify challenges and opportunities and work towards a common approach and actions. The programme will therefore include plenary presentations and several working group sessions.

Internet Governance Forum, sponsored by the United Nations, is an annual global forum to gather all
stakeholders involved in Internet governance issues that has been in place since 2006. Since its start,
regional fora such as the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) and national fora
have been created to further support discussions at various levels.
The Council of Europe has recognized early on the importance of the Internet as both a tool and a
public space for democracy, highlighting the fact that human rights should equally apply online and
offline. The Convention of Cybercrime and the increasing inclusion of Internet dimensions in other standard setting documents of the organisation ( i.e. Convention on Preventing and Combating Domestic Violence)

, together with the Guide to human rights for Internet users show a constant concern. The Committee of Ministers has also adopted an Internet Governance Strategy (2016-2019) further articulates the aims of the organization in this respect focusing on further developing Internet’s function for democracy and participation, ensuring the respect of human rights online, and on ensuring security and online safety for all.
The seminar
The seminar will explore how youth participation in Internet Governance can be ensured in a meaningful and inclusive manner and will formulate recommendations for future action to be taken by the Youth Department and the Council of Europe to support youth participation. The objectives of the seminar are:
  • to develop a shared understanding of youth participation in Internet governance and analyse the achievements and pitfall of current youth participation in these processes;
  • to critically review the ways youth participation in Internet Governance is reflected in youth policy and envisage ways it should be;
  • to further explore what are the rights, the means, the spaces, the opportunities and the support required by young people in order to meaningfully participate in the shaping of the Internet;
  • to share experiences of youth participation in Internet governance fora and online youth participation at local/national/ international level, and reflect on the successes and pitfalls;
  • to elaborate policy and programme recommendations for the Youth Department and the Council of Europe that aim to support and enhance youth participation in Internet Governance.

Programme and methodology

  • The three day programme will aims to provide a space for participants to learn about the topic of the
    seminar, to share from their practices and experience, to identify challenges and opportunities and
    work towards a common approach and actions. The programme will therefore include plenary presentations and several working group sessions.
Participants’ profile
The seminar aims to bring together 35 participants that fulfil the following profile:
  • are representatives of national youth councils and national youth organisations already involved or motivated to become involved in national Internet Governance processes;
  • are representatives of local/national/international youth organisations and networks actively involved in matters of youth policy and youth participation;
  • are representatives of public authorities involved in Internet governance fora at national and/ or international level;
  • representatives of Internet services, online gaming, and other companies interested in further development of Internet governance and youth participation;
  • show clear motivation to follow up the seminar with measures to ensure youth participation in Internet governance matters and fora;
  • are able to work autonomously in English language;
  • are resident in a state party to the European Cultural Convention, exceptions are possible;are able to attend the entire duration of the seminar.
The Council of Europe welcomes applications from all candidates who fulfil the above mentioned
profile, irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin,
colour, religion, belief or sexual orientation.

Benefits:

Travel, visa and insurance
  • Participants’ costs in respect to travel and visa will be covered by the Council of Europe Youth Department by bank transfer after the seminar given that the rules of the Council of Europe are strictly observed.
  • Participants will be insured by the Council of Europe during travel and participation in the conference.
Application procedure
  • All interested candidates are requested to duly complete the application form at http://youthapplications.coe.int together with all relevant support documents.
  • Deadline for applications : The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 13:00 CET.
  • Practical information
Arrival and departure
All participants are requested to organise arrival on 23 October and departure on 27 October 2017.
Languages of the conference
The seminar will take place in English. Board and lodging, conference location

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Council of Europe 2017 Youth Participation in Internet Governance Seminar

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