Participate in Regional Activities!

Youth Observatory, as Special Interest Group of Internet Society focused on Youth, has prepared a series of community outreach activities to engage young people in capacity building.

We believe in these times of pandemic, we should foster a closer relationship with our members, giving a space to share with the community about their leadership experiences and share their insights on an area of their interest.

The Community Outreach will include:

LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE: Informal gatherings on Zoom platform to share experiences on leadership. In this space, we can meet to know more about our members and learn on their leadership experiences.

YOUTH AT FOCUS: Live session at Instagram to talk about an area of their expertise. Instagram is a great platform to have a 1-1 discussion, when everyone can leave a comment to our featured young speaker.


If you are a Youth Observatory member and you want to apply, kindly fill this form. Regional Engagement Directors will reach you for the next steps.



List of Regional Engagement Directors:

African Group- Joshua Joshua

Asia Pacific Group- Mohammad Atif Aleem

Europe- Elnur Karimov

Latin America and the Caribbean- Eileen Cejas

COVID STORIES

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 and its development into a global pandemic, we are implementing measures to safeguard our community as well as maintain our community activities to the extent that innovation and technology allows. In line with this, the Youth Observatory is collating stories of what youths around the world are seeing in terms of Internet use and access during the Coronavirus pandemic, how you are navigating the times and recommendations. We invite you to share your story:
Here’s the link :


https://bit.ly/YouthObsCovidStories

YouthLACIGF 2020 on the way!

The Organising Committee of the YouthLACIGF is preparing great activities for the YouthLACIGF 2020. This year the event will be entirely online on August 1-2. Chilean Time Zone.

The online event will address these 4 thematic areas:

Online education and access to the internet. Digital Literacy matters!

Misinformation, problems with social media

COVID 19 related to privacy and cybersecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean region

Online democracies: a new model of democracies after the pandemic?

If you are a young resident of the Latin America and the Caribbean region, you can submit your application by filling this form. Applications in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese are accepted.

Read more information on formats, deadlines and speakers at the website.


In adittion, the Organising Committee has prepared an Open Course with the support of Internet Society. Taking into account the situation of COVID-19 in the region, we considered to provide this capacity building tool as preparation for the YouthLACIGF and LACIGF online meetings. We will have webinars with experts of the Latin American and the Caribbean region on selected topics relevants for the region.

You can enroll in the course here. Deadline to enroll: May 14, 2020, 11h59pm UTC

Our Story

The Youth Observatory is a non governamental organization, created on September of 2015, being a Special Interest Group of Internet Society (ISOC) since 2016. It is composed by members of around the world, between 18 to 32 years old committed in the training of the knowledge of Internet ecosystem and Internet Governance. We have accepted the challenge of increasing the participation of new actors through their involvement in forums and divulgation of workshops that increase the academia research.

This has been our journey since 2015:

In 2015, we wrote the ‘Youth’s Declaration’ (“Declaración de la Juventud”), which was introduced in the Internet Governance Forum in 2015. Later, in 2016, the “Gender Youth” Group wrote the ‘Declaration of Young Latin American Women, to empower young women and build a feminist Internet Governance’ (“Declaración de las Mujeres Jóvenes Latinoamericanas, para empoderar a las mujeres jóvenes y construir una Gobernanza de Internet feminista”). This document was presented at the Internet Governance Forum 2016 and the Internet Freedom Festival in 2017.

Since 2015, we have participated actively in many national, regional and international events such as Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2015,2016,2017, LACIGF 2016, 2017, Internet Freedom Festival 2017, among others. One of our main contributions happened in 2017, where we organised 2 workshops: 1# Workshop 193 about the commitment of youth in the Internet Governance ecosystem and 2# about the gender challenges and youth.

In 2017, we launched the book ‘Analysis of youth connected’ (“Análisis de una juventud conectada”), which is a collection of articles written by young persons on Internet Governance topics. The book is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Also, during 2017, we organized an interactive hub of InterCommunity in Guadalajara, Mexico, counting with the participation of thousands of young individuals remotely and onsite.

We created the first youth initiative of IGF for Latin America and the Caribbean called Youth LACIGF, which takes place one day before the LACIGF. Since its first edition in 2016, we have committed to give financial support to young individuals in the region to attend the meeting.

Aditionally, since 2016, we have developed projects to stimulate critical thought about youth problems in Internet. One of our main project was ‘Youth at schools’ (“Juventud en las escuelas”) addressed young students in schools in Brazil. Our members helped them to discuss and analyse their relationships with Internet. This project helped to build ‘Cyberneteens’, a project applied by ISOC Brazil in partnership with Youth Observatory for the Internet Society’s Chapterton 2017, which also included taking the critic reflection of Internet at schools.

On 2018, we transitioned from a regional SIG (Latin America and the Caribbean) to an international Special Interest Group; in order to include more young voices in Internet Governance.

Why trust in the Youth Observatory?

Because we are a youth led initiative for young persons, we count with experience in the organization of forums and events related to Internet. We propose and develop in successful way projects in the Internet ecosystem, transforming them in a global reference in the involvement of the next generation of leaders in the regions.

We foster an active exchange of communication among young individuals, through capacity building in local, regional and international debates, so in this way we empower youths and build new lines of debate for the multistakeholder community. We are sure through dialogue and active cooperation, we set the basis for the tomorrow’s leaders.

Youth Observatory Webinar on COVID-19

Youth Observatory has prepared a webinar on COVID-19, with the purpose of joining efforts to fight COVID-19 with Dr. Abhishek Royal.

Dr. Royal is a medical doctor and a public health professional with experience of working with various vulnerable and marginalized population and public health emergencies in India. He is currently pursuing Master’s in Public Health in Implementation Research from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. He has received full scholarship from World Health Organization – Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases to pursue this international master’s program.

Dr. Abhishek Royal will talk to us on April 15th on the Community perspective on the pandemic and the effects of lockdown on Mental health.

Moderator: Mohammad Atif Aleem (Regional Engagement Director- Asia Pacific Region).

Sign up before April 13 at 12 pm UTC here: https://bit.ly/YouthObsAgainstCovid

The webinar on COVID-19 will take place on April 15 at 14pm UTC. Few spots available!


Watch the recording of the webinar below:

Youth Observatory Webinar on COVID-19

Youth Observatory Webinar on COVID-19. Dr. Abhishek Royal (MBBS, MPH Scholar | Implementation Research) will cover 1) Community perspective on pandemic; 2) Effects of lockdown and infodermic on mental health.

Posted by Youth Observatory on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

As part of Youth Obs Challenge, we are also proposing our community to take a short course on COVID-19 (enroll here) and share your certificate, tagging @YouthObs on social media and using the proposed hashtags #onlineandinformed #youthobsonline #InternetUnited #unitedagainstCovid19 #youthuniteagainstcovid.

Youth LACIGF 2019

The youth meeting took place in August 5th, in the city of La Paz, Bolivia. The organizing process started in January 2019 when we invited Youth Observatory members to take part in online meetings to shape the fourth edition of the Youth LACIGF, having our communication at our official Telegram group in order to set the working commissions.

In order to create an Internet Governance Initiative that achieves the goals of openness, transparency, inclusiveness, non-commercial, and multi-stakeholder participation, the main organizers established a dialogue with other stakeholders interested in the event. At the end of July, we had the participation of 5 actors from different stakeholder groups which conform the Organization Committee.


The Committee decided to use the format of “Break-out groups” to maximize the participation of all attendees in our agenda. The event was open to the public, free of charge and was widely disseminated in digital media.

Watch the recording here: https://youtu.be/uVk_p7lDPIc

Read the full report here (English).

Creating Networks: Localising Youth Initiatives

The Youth Observatory (also called “Youth SIG”) has been always creating new ways to engage young individuals across the globe, after our internalization process, while using different platforms to encourage youth to give their valuable inputs on how to engage their communities, as well as fostering the creation and thrive of young initiatives, eager to create a better Internet for everyone.

Our experience around the years has shown us there are many young leaders working around the world in amazing initiatives, starting from teaching girls how to code; provide STEM solutions to rural communities; till creating local initiatives to foster the inclusion of local languages in Internet; among many other topics. Their voices are a part of the Internet Governance picture, and their roles as changemakers in their countries are a big part of all the benefits Internet can bring to our daily lives.

The Creating Networks project is an initiative funded by the Internet Society Beyond The Net fund, where we created a map of youth initiatives and organizations that involve young people, informatics and telecommuniciations. In adittion to the Creating Networks Map, we designed a competition of youth-led projects that will be formed by the participants of the competition. In this competition, we will bring them capacity building tools (webinars, project management tools) in the thematic areas we are going to address, such as digital inclusion, gender inclusion and infrastructure matters.

This initiative was created thanks to participants Juliana Novaes, Carlos Rubí, Ángel David Santiago, Eduardo Tome, Giovanna Michelato, Guilherme Alves, Isabela Inês, Jhon Caballero, Paula Côrte Real, Juan Pablo González, Augusto Luciano Mathurin, Renata Ribeiro.

This initiative was also shared at the Internet Society’s website here


You can watch some of the videos shared by the Creating Networks participants, talking about their youth initiatives here:

Youth LACIGF 2018

On July 29 we hosted the Youth LACIGF 2018 in partnership with Youth IGF Argentina, as Buenos Aires was the host city of LACIGF. In this meeting, we gathered young individuals from all the region to share knowledge, experiences and thoughts on the challenges we are facing in the LAC region. Due this year we are sharing common interests and for the sake of complement strategies, we decided to organize both events in the same day and venue.

The Youth IGF Argentina is a discussion forum and space of exchange of ideas that has a goal amply the voices of young individuals between 18 to 30 years that are interested in Internet Governance.

At the meeting we had 50 young participants from Latin America and the Caribbean interested on learning about several topics related to Internet Governance as well as acquiring knowledge from young persons of other countries. The topics addressed included freedom of expression in Internet, liability of intermediary platforms; cybersecurity and threats in digital spaces; at an informal environment when young persons could make all types of questions about the above said topics.

Moreover, the meeting counted with the presentation of Maia Daniel Levy (Youth IGF Argentina, on “Liability of intermediary platforms”) and Silvio Messina (Datas, on “Threats to digital rights in Argentina”). We also had a workshop facilitated by Romina Colman (part of the team of La Nación Data, an Argentine newspaper) and the presentation of a project created by the organization “Las De Sistemas” (an organization that empowers women on the usage of STEM). The meeting included presentations of youth initiatives of young leaders in the LAC region.

Thanks to the provided fellowships, we could have 8 guest fellows from Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, Chile and Paraguay.

Access the full Report here (English).

Youth LACIGF 2017

In the second edition of the Youth LACIGF, we had our meeting in the city of Panama City in Panama, where the LACIGF was having place too. This edition sought to deepen the debate and involvement of young people in the region, bringing new issues to be discussed among participants.

The agenda of the meeting was followed after the results of a public poll conducted during June 2017. For our forum, we used the format of “Birds of Further” to maximixe the participation of the attendess of the Youth LACIGF 2017. The thematic areas we addressed were “Infrastructure and Access”, “Cybersecurity and Surveillance”, “Internet and Human Rights”, “The Youth and Internet Governance”. It has also included the “Agenda Hacking” and the presentation of the book “Analysis of youth connected” (‘Análisis de una joventud conectada’).

You can watch the recording of the meeting at the links below:

Part 1: https://youtu.be/WMyYjs2T78I

Part 2: https://youtu.be/CSasbu9hZKo

Read the full report here (English).

Youth LACIGF 2016

The first ever Youth LACIGF took place in the city of San José, Costa Rica. This initiative born from the growing community of Latin American youth interested in issues related to the Internet. Given the active role that the youth have started taking, this new space is created with multi-sectoral characteristics, as a forum for debate of new ideas and perspectives to encourage the creation of lines of discussion that will be taken to other forums.

The agenda for this edition was defined based on the results of a public poll conducted between the end of June and the beginning of July, 2016. More than 70 users voted. Then, main members of the initiative formed a program Committee composed of representatives of all the stakeholders involved. This Committee was responsible for defining the agenda, the
format of the discussions and logistics details.

The topics discussed at this meeting were “Infrastructure and Access”, “Human Rights and Internet”, “Surveillance and Cybersecurity” and “Youth and the Internet Governance: What Is The Future?”

Watch the presentation video of the first edition of the Youth LACIGF here: https://youtu.be/sw9aXB9OL6A

Read the full report here (English)