Hong Kong Youth Internet Governance Forum 2019
Cheers to another successful HKYIGF!
On May 25th our NetMission Ambassadors hosted the 2019 edition of the Hong Kong Youth Internet Governance Forum at the Hong Kong University. The theme of the event was FinTech and digital economy. The forum would not have been complete without the participation of our guests, who also shared their expert knowledge in a series of short presentations.
Don Rodney Junio of the UN University shared the findings of his organisation’s report on how the so called gig economy was having a real impact on the livelihoods of many, especially women. Kavis Cho of the Hong Kong Blockchain Society provided a general overview of blockchain and its applications, a much talked about but rarely understood concept; beginning with “blockchain is more than just bitcoin”. Our own Jenna Fung outlined the ecosystem of internet governance and the possibilities of youth participation. Rico Ng shared his personal experience coming from an unrelated background in the field of data science, another much buzzed about area. Derren Lam talked about the burgeoning sector of virtual banking, in an industry traditionally dominated by a few well established giants. Finally Charles Mok shared his insight as a veteran of the internet industry and his rich experience with policy. The guest session was capped off with a discussion on how FinTech could help the underprivileged of society.
The second session started off with Sherry Shek sharing her experience as a NetMission Ambassador and her later work in internet governance with ISOC HK. We then entered an intensive role-play discussion with groups of participants taking on the roles of civil society, private sector and government in discussing data privacy in social media. Again, we found that having students take on a different persona allows for a completely different and eye-opening perspective. We hope all our participants found the discussions as engaging and thought-provoking as we did. In addition to our guests, we would also like to thank Leo Ku and the Hong Kong University Information Systems Society for their great assistance regarding the venue and other logistics. Finally, we would like to show our appreciation and pride for our NetMission Ambassadors who powered the event. We can confidently say that the hard work they put into this year’s edition of HKYIGF really came through. We look forward to seeing their efforts at this years APrIGF, where they will be organizing the Asia Pacific Youth Internet Governance Forum.