Hong Kong Youth Internet Governance Forum 2018
NetMission is proud to report another successful Hong Kong youth Internet Governance Forum organised by our NetMission Ambassadors. Over 20 local secondary school students from a variety of schools had their first exposure to the exciting world of Internet Governance.
The event started off with a crash course in Internet Governance in a boot camp that lasted two half-days. Participants showcased their creativity and teamwork in icebreaking activities, before embarking on an intensive introduction to various Internet Governance topics and its ecosystem. Participants then briefly discussed various thought provoking or controversial topics before capping off the day.
Day 2 also started off with icebreaking fun and games, which transitioned into an interactive demonstration of the DNS. Participants were then given time to prepare for the upcoming role play discussion. The discussion topic was government requests on the release of information from service providers such as ISPs and website operators. Participants took on a number of roles such as government administration, law enforcement, civil society, lawmakers and ISPs. We were very impressed with our participants ability to think from these different perspectives on what was their first experience of internet policy discussion.
Building on the bootcamp, participants proposed and organised IGF style workshops in teams, as part of the HKyIGF summit. The titles of the workshops were: How does social media affect critical thinking among youth?; Freedom of expression: Can we post irresponsible videos and comments?; Net Neutrality and The Role of ISPs in Internet Governance; and Fake News: How can we have something real? We enjoyed these fruitful discussions, enhanced by the different perspectives in the room.
Many thanks to our guests Tsui Lokman of CUHK, Albert Wong of AiTLE, and Edmon Chung of DotAsia Organisation who participated and judged these workshops. Our appreciation also extends to BSD academy for their sharing on their work in education and tech. We would also like to thank Matthew Yu from Youth Civil Society CUHK for his assistance in
NET (Networking Opportunity, Empowering Youth, Talent Development) is a model to achieve the mission of youth empowerment in internet governance, ambassadors who have received year round training and gained oversee conference experience will form a working group to work on community projects like HKYIGF ,yIGF, APIGA. We hope these kind of community works can raise public awareness of what is internet governance.
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