About the Nigeria Youth Internet Governance Forum
A large percentage of youths are the first generation of adults who grew up as active users of the Internet. Youths have been known to bring quality perspectives to various policy discussions, on both global and regional levels. They represent the voices of multiple stakeholder groups with diverse perspectives. Youths are shaping the Internet in many ways, they are active participants in the digital economy as well as developers and designers in the technology field. Youths constitute a large percentage of Internet users who fuel growth and stand behind online social movements that bring important conversations to the limelight. Indeed, they are building the Internet of their dream, however, when it comes to policy discussions, most of them are not at the table. The IGF community has demonstrated its interest and commitment to enhancing youth engagement in the IGF. With the emerging growth of the existing youth IGF initiatives in both national and Regional capacities, more youths are being represented in Internet Governance multi-stakeholder discussions around the world. Keying into this positive and proactive approach adopted by the IGF in ensuring that Internet Governance is discussed among all stakeholders, in an open and inclusive process, following the bottom up agenda setting, the NIgeria Youth IGF as a medium to push the agenda of the IGF by improving the participation of youths in the Internet Governance Ecosystem.
NYIGF 2019 .
The 2019 Annual National Youth IGF Meeting will happen in Lagos , Muson Center on the 10 July 2019. The overarching theme for the meeting is: “Our Internet; Shaping the digital future ”. Internet Governance Forum is a multistakeholder effort to illuminate issues and cultivate constructive discussions about the future of the Internet. The national Youth IGF initiative provides a domestic forum to engage young professionals of the digital sector, technologists, researchers, academics, activists and civil society, government representatives and students. The aim of the forum is to sustain a dialogue platform and create partnerships as well as initiating policy proposals and reform. The participants include thought leaders from civil society, industry, academia and government.
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