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YOUthDIG 2021

by Adeshola Dahunsi

Application Deadline: February 7, 2021

The Youth Dialogue on Internet Governance (YOUthDIG) is a yearly pre-event to the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) aimed to foster active youth participation. Young people (ages 18-30) from the pan-European region with a strong interest in Internet governance, digital policy and cooperation are invited to apply to participate!

Participants have the opportunity to:

  • Experience peer-learning and networking with youth residing in Europe
  • Learn about Internet governance and how to get involved in Internet Governance Forum (IGF) processes
  • Discuss and exchange ideas with experienced Internet policy practitioners
  • Develop policy messages and present them at EuroDIG and the global IGF

The YOUthDIG Program consists of an online phase (April – June 2021) with regular exchanges, presentations by participants and virtual learning opportunities, and the participation in the on-site meeting (June 26 – 30) in Trieste, Italy (if eventual travel restrictions allow).

Participants are required to actively participate in both phases, contribute to the drafting of the Youth Messages, and contribute to the EuroDIG 2021 programme by joining Org Teams and supporting sessions.

You are eligible if:

  • You reside in a European country (Council of Europe member states)
  • Are between 18 and 30 years of age
  • Show a strong interest in Internet governance

Review & selection

If the requests for funding meeting the aforementioned criteria exceed the available funds, the selection process will be made by the YOUthDIG programme coordinators and the programme committee in collaboration with the EuroDIG Secretariat by taking into account the need to achieve a diversity of participants, in terms of:

  • Geography (countries & minorities represented, including from the host country);
  • Gender balance;
  • Academia, non-academia;
  • Organised youth, non-organised youth;
  • As well as the consideration of people less represented in general

YOUthDIG alumni’s form the selection committee assisted by the EuroDIG Secretariat.

All applicants will be informed about the status of selection by March 14, 2021.

Duties for selected participants

  • Actively participate in online phase (virtual meetings between April and June 2021)
  • Actively participate in EuroDIG session planning 
  • Actively participate in onsite YOUthDIG (26-28 June) and EuroDIG (28-30 June)
  • Contribute to the 2021 Youth Messages 
  • During EuroDIG Sessions, take on the role of Remote Participation Moderator (training will be provided)

YOUthDIG Application form 2021

Official Website: YOUthDIG 2021

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