What a great opportunity! Young people can make their voice heard in matters that affect them in their everyday life: Is everybody who downloads online a criminal? How to ensure no censorship? Who can manage our own data?
The European Youth Forum has recently adopted a Policy Paper on New Media and Internet Governance, the very first document on internet governance fully developed by youth organisations in a participatory way. The Policy Paper identifies five core issues of work: the need for access to the internet for all as a fundamental digital right, the importance of digital media literacy and the need for related education to equip young generations with the relevant skills to empower them to participate and take an active, meaningful role in shaping the laws that govern the internet; this includes transparency online linked to open data and open governance as well as the development of new patterns for intellectual property and copyright on the web by introducing a culture of sharing and safeguarding user's rights by effective privacy and data protection laws.
"Who sets the rules of the internet?" - This was the title of the latest EuroDIG (European Dialogue on Internet Governance) in Stockholm last 14/15 June (see #eurodig on Twitter). Within EuroDIG, YEU and the European Youth Forum, in cooperation with AEGEE, JEF, EYP and FYEG organized the second edition of the New Media Summer School (#nmss12), an interactive and engaging youth event.
As a generation, we're digital natives, born and grown up with internet every day, and thus, we have a privileged position to discuss and debate about the future of the internet: the web of tomorrow is ours!
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