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Creating Networks – Youth and Internet Governance

The “Youth Observatory” is a project created by the members of the Youth SIG of the Internet Society, which seeks to build a participative platform which uses different tools in order to bring the knowledge of the governance and the Internet’s principles to the youth, no matter the language, sex, race, religion, building new capacities among them. 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.

The Youth Observatory is a non-profit organization, made up of members of the Internet Society’s Special Interest Group (Youth – SIG), which seeks to build a participatory space where, through different platforms, tools and communication channels, young people can exchange knowledge about Governance and Internet principles.

This organization was born in the context of the Youth@IGF 2015 initiative, a program led by Internet Society and the Internet Management Committee in Brazil (CGI.br) that tried to increase the participation of young people in areas of discussion on Internet Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean. At the time, the forum was attended by 120 young people from the region.

Since its creation, the Youth Observatory has been working on the promotion of various events, projects and initiatives that involve and bring young people closer to issues related to Internet Governance, some of these have been: YouthLACIGF, held since 2016 as an event preparatory for the LACIGF, the book “Analysis of a Connected Youth” (2017) and workshops in national and international forums on Governance, among other initiatives.

Creating Networks
The Creating Networks project is an initiative funded by the Internet Society Beyond the Net Funding Programme. Its objective is to map the current initiatives and organizations that involve young people and information and communication technologies. In addition to the mapping, the project aims to organize capacity building webinars and workshops.

The importance of training and networking for organizations and youth
The Youth Observatory believes in the enormous potential of young people to exchange and disseminate knowledge in the information society. Currently, new technologies generate various social, regulatory and technical challenges for society. Therefore, it is important for youth to be involved in these issues so that we are prepared to become future leaders and policy makers. In the same way, we recognize the importance of skills to be developed in order to ensure the well-being and job stability of young people in the new digital age.

Beyond the Net Grant
The Beyond the Net Funding Programme is an opportunity offered to the Internet Society’s members, so that they can contribute at a local and regional level through their chapters and Special Interest Groups. Beyond the Net supports original initiatives that have an impact on Internet Governance issues, as well as the development of policies within the framework of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Goals
The project has two main objectives:

The first is to identify initiatives that involve young people and work with issues related to the Internet and ICTs. In order to do this, a survey is being conducted with questions about the relationship of organizations with topics such as technology and other issues about Internet Governance. As a result of the initial part, a map will be developed and published on the Youth Observatory website, which can serve other local and international communities in a connected network.

The second objective consists in the organization of workshops and face-to-face sessions on Internet Governance topics.The results of both stages will be published in the form of a general guide, where the development and experiences of the project will be known, and the materials that were used will be shared to the general public.

How to participate?
If you are part of an organization that has projects involving the training or commitment of young people in issues related to information and communication technologies, be part of our network! To participate, complete the following form with some basic information and we will get in touch soon.

Do you have a great idea to make your community better via the Internet? Apply for a Beyond the Net grant, which funds projects up to $30,000 USD, and follow Beyond the Net on Twitter!


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Criando Redes – Juventude e Governança da Internet

O Observatório da Juventude é uma organização sem fins lucrativos composta por membros do Grupo de Interesse Especial para a Juventude (Youth – SIG) da Internet Society, que busca construir um espaço participativo, com diferentes plataformas, ferramentas e canais de comunicação para que jovens possam trocar conhecimentos sobre Governança e princípios da Internet.

A organização foi criada no contexto do Youth@IGF 2017, um programa liderado pela Internet Society e pelo Comitê Gestor da Internet no Brasil (CGI.br), que tentou aumentar a participação dos jovens em tópicos de discussão sobre Governança da Internet na América Latina e Caribe. Em sua primeira edição, contou com 120 jovens da região.

Desde a sua criação, o Observatório da Juventude trabalha na promoção de diversos eventos, projetos e iniciativas que envolvem aproximam jovens das questões relacionadas à governança da Internet. Alguns deles foram YouthLACIGF, realizado desde 2016 como um evento preparatório para o LACIGF, o livro “Análise de uma Juventude Conectada” (2017) e oficinas em fóruns nacionais e internacionais de Governança, entre outros espaços.

O que é o Projeto Criando Redes?
O Projeto Criando Redes é uma iniciativa do Youth Observatory, criada em 2018, que consiste na elaboração de um mapa de iniciativas que envolvam jovens e tecnologias da informação e comunicação (TICs). Além do mapeamento, o projeto se propõe a realizar sessões de capacitação, como webinars e oficinas em parceria com as organizações citadas.

Importância da capacitação e criação de redes para organizações e jovens
O Observatório da Juventude acredita no enorme potencial dos jovens para gerar e trocar conhecimento no contexto da sociedade da informação. Atualmente, as novas tecnologias geram vários desafios sociais, regulatórios e técnicos para a sociedade, portanto, é importante que os jovens se envolvam nessas questões, de modo a se tornarem futuros líderes e formuladores de políticas. Da mesma forma, a modernização da sociedade torna necessário o desenvolvimento de habilidades para garantir o bem-estar e a estabilidade da juventude no mercado de trabalho e na nova era digital.

Beyond the Net Grant
O Beyond the Net Funding Programme é uma oportunidade para os membros da Internet Society contribuírem em um nível local ou regional, através de um Capítulo. Beyond the Net oferece financiamento a projetos originais e que causem impacto na pauta da Governança da Internet e para desenvolvimento de políticas relacionadas com as TICs.

Objetivos
O projeto tem dois objetivos principais:

A primeira é identificar iniciativas que envolvam jovens e trabalhem com questões relacionadas à Internet e às TICs. Para isso, uma pesquisa será conduzida com perguntas sobre o relacionamento das organizações com a Internet, tecnologia e outras questões sobre a Governança da Internet. Como resultado da conclusão da parte inicial, um mapa será desenvolvido e publicado no site do Observatório da Juventude, que pode servir outras comunidades locais e internacionais (rede conectada).
O segundo objetivo consiste na criação e realização de workshops e sessões virtuais e  presenciais sobre tópicos de Governança da Internet e temas específicos relacionados ao objeto das organizações para que sua participação nos espaços de Governança da Internet seja mais forte e mais produtiva.

Os resultados de ambas as etapas serão publicados na forma de um guia geral, que conterá o desenvolvimento, as experiências do projeto e os materiais usados para que possam ser usados ​​pelo público em geral.

Como participar?
Se você faz parte de uma organização que possui projetos envolvendo a capacitação e o compromisso de jovens em pautas de tecnologia da informação e comunicação, venha se juntar à nossa rede! Para participar, complete o seguinte formulário com algumas informações básicas e nós poderemos entrar em contato.

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Beyond the Net Community Projects Internet Governance

They are young and passionate. They will rule the future Internet.

Beyond the Net Journal: Youth Observatory #1 Episode

 “The voices of young people are not heard when it comes to Internet policy” said Carlos Guerrero, project manager of the Youth Observatory. “We are the generation that has been using the Internet since we were children, and we are the ones who will be using it for the next 50 years. Our voice matters.”

The Youth Observatory is a nonprofit organization founded in September 2015, and supported as a Special Interest Group (SIG) by the Internet Society’s Beyond the Net Funding Programme since 2016. It is formed mostly of young people between 18 and 25 years from different countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The main objective of the Observatory is to generate interest among the young people about core issues related to Internet governance.

Currently the project team is working to create an Open Call for Papers, written by young people, about knowledge dissemination and research in cyber security and digital rights management. We are grateful to Carlos Guerrero for answering few questions to gain a deeper understanding of this interesting project.

How many people have been trained so far?
We have trained more than 100 young people about Internet governance and related topics during YouthLACIGF, an event held in San José, Costa Rica (26 July 2016) and during our guided courses.

What is the impact of the project on the community?
We are empowering young people by providing them the tools to engage with different local operations. Moreover, our members are working in different Internet governance initiatives in their own countries and other related projects. The main focus of the project is to enrich the current Internet ecosystem with new participants and ideas, and to act as a kickstarter for young people who want to get engaged.

What has changed for the community since the project started?

  • The increase of active participation of young people in Internet governance spaces, not just as “youth talking about youth issues” but addressing serious subjects such as policy, digital economy, cybersecurity, and regulation.
  • The creation of a global community inside the Internet ecosystem, where young people can share experiences, knowledge and support in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Give us one reason why others should apply to “Beyond the Net”
Our generation is more connected than any previous generation in the world. This means that now there are fewer barriers to communication and travel, and in sharing our ideas with others. This means we can make big changes just by doing small things. “Beyond The Net” gave us the tools to turn our ideas into action.

How has the funding contributed to your project so far
The funding has allowed us to achieve these objectives:

  • Creation of a youth organization inside the Internet ecosystem.
  • Creation of IG spaces of dialogue and exchange of knowledge between young people around the world (YouthLACIGF).
  • Improvement in the ability to run capacity building programmes on IG.

Which are the activities planned for 2017.

We are working to make an Open Call for Papers, written by young people, on Internet-related issues (analysis, essays, etc). This initiative will culminate in a book of articles promoting our work on different topics. We are working to make our organization global, which will also translate to deploying capacity-building programmes in other regions, like Africa or Asia, in partnership with other organizations.

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Improving Technical Security

Security Go: Young People Paving the Way to Better Online Security

At the Internet Society’s Student Pizza Night during IETF 96, I asked several students from Europe, Asia, and North America how they would respond to the same question:

How do we make young Internet users more secure?

Every student I asked said that security for young Internet users is a problem. The majority thought that both poor security practices and a general ignorance of the risks contribute to the problem. Pokémon Go was used as an example. Millions of younger users may be playing games without considering the security and privacy implications they may have. In this specific case, the developer, Niantic, gathers data from its users and may give it to third parties. Although it has since been removed in a patch, the Pokémon Go app also demanded full access to some users’ Google accounts.

While a few students supported better education about security for young users, most argued for a technical solution. They suggested that strong end-to-end encryption should be automatic on apps and services. By taking away the effort or knowledge needed to use security tools, most students thought that a greater number of young people would be better protected. This is particularly important for the youngest of users who may not yet know how to put good security practices in place.

Some students felt that improved education would help young people learn security and privacy skills. Many others disagreed. They said that few young people will apply difficult to use security tools, regardless of education. Indifference was also cited as a problem. This reminded me of a friend who said, only half-jokingly, that “in exchange for Pokémon? Niantic can read all my emails and my google searches if they want.

While I agree that technical solutions can help reduce the problem, I do not believe they are the only solution. It is important that we give people better tools to protect themselves and that they are automatically or easily implemented. There are some attacks, like phishing or social engineering, that may be difficult to address with technology. Education and awareness campaigns, particularly those developed with input from young people, are important for equipping youth with the knowledge and skills necessary to defend against these attacks.

Although the students I spoke with focused on either technical or educational solutions, there are many more ways to help young users be more secure online. It is important that youth think about their security online, talk about it with their friends, and are actively involved in creating new security solutions. [1]

In Pokémon Go, the closer you are to a Pokémon, the more likely you are to find and catch it. In life, the closer you are to a problem, the more likely you are to solve it.

Five Ways Young People Can Boost Their Online Security

1. Talk to your friends and family. How do they stay safe online?

2. Become active. Join the Youth Observatory – a group of young people around the world who are changing how we make Internet policy!

3. Check out your social media privacy settings and app permissions. Read US-CERT’s tips for Staying Safe on Social Networking Sites and Tripwire’s article on flashlight app permissions.

4. Learn about your online life! There are some great tutorials that can help like the Internet Society’s Digital Footprint.

5. Tell decision makers your voice counts when it comes to discussions around the future of the Net. Use the hashtag #dreamInternet and let people know your solutions for helping young people be more secure online.

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[1] The Internet Society Fellowship to the Internet Engineering Task Force enables technology professionals, advanced IT students, and other qualified professionals from emerging and developing economies to attend IETF meetings.


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