Internet Governance Training
A lot is written and heard about how the internet can be governed. But it would be terrible if a multinational company would access to your personal data and use for its own profit.
On April 29th, a training was held in beautiful Vienna, Austria on the topic of internet governance hosted by the Federation of Young European Greens and YEU International as partner to study the global scene over the internet and its problems.
Participants were from different European countries and most of them were active throughout the seminar and provided a lot of useful information. The participants were hosted in a very convenient and clean hostel.
The training raised various issues like internet privacy, social media, hate speech, online rights and global regulation bodies. All participants, trainers and facilitators worked together with much creativity deciphering the meaning of freedom, democracy and privacy on the internet.
The highlight of these five days was the visit to the Austrian Ministry for Media Affairs where ministry officials informed the participants about privacy issues on the internet. There was also a presentation about Eurodig (http://www.eurodig.org), government policy on the internet not only in Austria but on European level. They explained the initiatives that have been taken from different stakeholders around the world and how there is a collaboration between companies and governments. These same operators tried to raise questions about the internet governance not only in Europe but on a global level.
The second point was the “demonstration – action” conducted with trainers in the main streets of the Austrian capital and its squares, raising the interest of the passengers and the local community of Vienna.
Although all participants returned to their homelands more aware on the internet governance after the five-day training, there were a lot of moral dilemmas about privacy issues. It is obvious that in 5 days one cannot find solution, or be informed enough for such serious topics. But it was a very good warm-up and food for thought in order to be prepared for the “News Media Summer School” in Lisbon that will be held on June 17-19 and then Eurodig on June 20-21.