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HONG KONG YOUTH INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM

WHAT IS HONG KONG YOUTH INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM (HKYIGF)?

Hong Kong Youth Internet Governance Forum (HKYIGF) is a platform for local secondary school students to learn about Internet governance and voice out their opinions. Recognized by the IGF secretariat of United Nations, it also serves as the bridge to the wider Asia youth community and the global dialogue. 

The first HKYIGF was initiated by NetMission.Asia in 2010 after a group of young ambassadors attending the global IGF organized by the United Nations in 2009. After the meetings, they have the feeling that it is important to encourage more youth and teenagers as one of the major Internet users to engage in the Internet Governance discussions. In the following years, it was rebranded into NetY Programme, and then re-introduced as HKYIGF in 2016.

Engage, Voice Out, Act

WHAT OUR PAST PARTICIPANTS SAY

香港社會普遍對網絡管治比較新鮮,但原來在國際舞台上早已對此多加關注。作為一名中學生,參與聯合國網絡管治論壇的確是一種思想上的衝擊。


在IGF會場上眾持份者來自全球各地,他們都懷著同一信念:推動數碼化的多元社會。他們涵蓋不同專業領域,更於多年來累積寶貴經驗,而我這個地方青年大使,首次參與如此大型盛事,卻是相形見絀。然而,網絡管治論壇上的每位,異常歡迎像我一樣的新面孔,在圓桌上帶出年輕一代的觀點與角度,使光譜更為擴闊。青年的力量不能小覷,論壇裡不少工作坊都是由青年主導。我們在那裡交流經驗,取各地之長,補本地之短。短短數日活動,我已與不同人士結下了深厚友誼,成為了親切的伙伴和朋友。


HKYIGF 2017 青年代表
蔡伯賢 CHOI Pak Yin

聖言中學 Sing Yin Secondary School /
香港中文大學 - 政治與行政學系 

The NetY Programme organzied by NetMission and Chinese YMCA in 2013 was the precursor of HKYIGF for secondary students, which was the stepping stone for my involvement in internet governance. I faced a lot of difficulties in the process because the workshops were conducted in Cantonese but I had very supportive team mates and mentors that helped me along the way. 

Before joining the programme, I didn’t know anything about Internet Governance but doing the research essay and also attending the IGF 2013 in Bali has given me a lot of first-hand exposure. I have been in this journey for four years now.

Over the years, I have become a participant, an organizer, a speaker and now a MAG member because I received mentorship advice, training workshops and also participate in discussions. I hope that youth will continue to be involved in Internet Governance because it’s a very big area but each one is close to our lives and affect us in many different ways.


NetY Ambassador 2013
Jianne Soriano

Hong Kong Baptist University /
International Journalism

Join the youths in Asia to voice out your views on Internet policies

ABOUT THE ORGANIZER

NetMission.Asia

is a network of young ambassadors dedicated to engage and empower youth around Asia on the Internet Governance discourse. Established in 2009, we are the pioneers on youth engagement in Internet Governance and sparked the movement worldwide. We founded the Asia Pacific Youth IGF in 2010 which is held annually in different economies around Asia since then. We also piloted the model ICANN meeting in 2014 and now being deployed in various youth Internet conferences and trainings.

Our Advisor:
DotAsia Organisation

Edmon Chung is the CEO for DotAsia Organisation and heads the secretariat for the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF). Edmon is a veteran in the Internet community and participates extensively on Internet governance issues with leadership positions at various International working groups. He is currently serving on the board of the Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA), and the Executive Committee of Internet Society Hong Kong, which serves as the secretariat for the Asia Pacific Regional At-Large Organisation (APRALO) of Internet Corporations for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). He is also the pioneer of Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) technology and the current vice-chair of the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG). 

    "You can make an impact for how the Internet works and how you will work on the Internet into the future! Your view matters, you are the first digital native generation and you are the experts. Tell the world what you think!"

WE ARE LOOKING FOR PARTNERSHIP

We are looking for support and partners to help us scale the event, enhance our impact and discussions. If you share the same vision of empowering youth participation on internet development policy, do contact us at infohk@yigf.asia! We are happy to meet you!

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