The SEEDIG Youth School is a capacity development initiative targeted at students originally from, or residing in a country in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area.
The purpose of the programme is to offer regional youth a space to learn, network, exchange ideas, and prepare to actively participate in SEEDIG and other Internet governance processes. Another goal is to encourage more youth to become long-term contributing members of SEEDIG and broader Internet governance and digital policy processes.
Students participating in the SEEDIG 2018 Youth School developed and negotiated new Internet business models.
The SEEDIG Youth School it is one of my best workshops, the initiative is awesome, and the experience is priceless. I met a lot of interesting people and experts on different topics with different perspectives and opinions. I learned a lot about Internet governance and the activities in this region, where I plan to get more involved thanks to this programme.
Marko Paloski, Ss.Cyril and Methodius University, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
If I could describe the SEEDIG experience in few words, I would say it was a mind-blowing, full of positive vibes, intensive learning process and well-organised event. To all the youth who chase to be involved on the field of Internet governance and aim to have an impact on their community, the SEEDIG Youth School is one of the best ways to start, and it must be experienced. With the best regards to the team and the participants of 2018’s meeting, I will keep this experience as one of my favourites.
Gentjana Visoçi, University of Tirana, Albania
I enjoyed the fact that despite coming from a social sciences background, I was able to get actively involved and share roles and responsibilities with all the other peers at the 2018 SEEDIG Youth School. Round tables and informal talks on the topic of Internet governance and artificial intelligence were particularly interesting for me. SEEDIG’s willingness to engage with individuals and organisations representing various stakeholders with a diverse level of involvement and skills was an important precondition for the productive dialogue in Ljubljana.
Mirko Savković, University of Glasgow/Dublin City University/Charles University of Prague, Serbia
The fourth annual meeting of SEEDIG in Ljubljana this year was absolutely amazing! I was involved in this conference as part of the Youth School, and on this occasion, I learned a lot of new things. I volunteer in a feminist NGO, so I very much get in touch with civil society, I advocate for human rights through activism, but this time I had to look at everything from the perspective of the private sector. Believe me or not, together with our team, we did a great job. I have a background in social sciences, and before I got to the conference I did not have much idea about blockchain, cybersecurity, privacy by default, and so on and so forth. For this reason, I thought I would not be able to actively participate in the discussions of the days that followed. To my surprise, I managed to get involved a lot and to understand and learn many new things. I met wonderful people, I stayed in touch with some of them, I made friends. At the same time, after this conference, we realised that almost everything that surrounds us and almost all daily activities are somehow related to the governance of the Internet. We should get more involved because the fundamental rights we have offline should count as much in the online environment.
Adela Alexandru, National School of Political Science and Public Administration, Romania
Every presentation had something to offer. I had many informative and fun conversations with the other attendees, and left with a long list of ideas for both short- and long- term improvements back home.
Vjosa Fusha, University for Business and Technology, Kosovo*
The SEEDIG Youth School was a great experience for me. Besides learning so much from a great number of experts on different Internet-related topics, I got to meet and exchange experiences with them, and I am now able to call some of them my friends today.
Lea Hrubenja, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
The following students were part of the second edition of the SEEDIG Youth School:
- Minel Abaz, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Adela Alexandru, National School of Political Science and Public Administration, Romania
- Anja Češarek, Law University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Dervish Demaj, Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania
- Vjosa Fusha, University for Business and Technology, Kosovo*
- Lea Hrubenja, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
- Nikoleta Krstić, University of Ljubljana, Serbia
- Marko Paloski, Ss.Cyril and Methodius, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
- Efthymia Papadopoulou, National and Kapodistrian Universiy of Athens, Greece
- Mirko Savković, University of Glasgow/Dublin City University/Charles University of Prague, Serbia
- Tadej Skok, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Gentjana Visoçi, University of Tirana, Albania
SEEDIG Youth School Session | 22 May 2018
09:00 – 10:30
Introductions & Setting the scene
Joint session with the Fellowship Programme
- Welcome & introductions from SEEDIG core team
- Students and fellows introductions
- Overview of the day and the overall SEEDIG meeting
10:30 – 12:00
Simulation: Preparing an IGF meeting
The students will simulate, at a small scale, the process of building the programme for an IGF meeting.
13:00 – 16:00
Debate: Internet business models
Students are divided into two teams: Team Cyberton (representing Internet users) and Team Digitalia (representing Internet companies). The two teams will have the task to come up with a new Internet business models in which there is a better balance between the interests of Internet companies and the rights and interests of end-users.
16:00 – 17:30
Internet governance under the magnifying glass
Joint session with the Fellowship Programme & SEEDIG newcomers
- Internet governance: why, what, how?
- Key organisations and processes in the Internet governance ecosystem
In addition to the dedicated session on 22 May, the Youth School programme also involves full participation in the SEEDIG meeting on 23–24 May.
- Are you a university student (undergraduate or master) originally from, or residing in a country in South Eastern Europe and neighbouring area (SEE)?
- Are you interested in issues such as privacy and freedom of expression online, digital literacy, the Internet of Things, and cybersecurity?
- Do you want to know who and how ‘governs’ the Internet? And how you can participate?
- If your answers are ‘yes’ to the questions above, SEEDIG Youth School is for you!
What does the SEEDIG Youth School offer?
1. Online preparatory meetings, in advance of the SEEDIG 2018 meeting
During these meetings, you will get to know each other and will learn the basics of Internet governance, digital policy, and related topics. If these terms sound vague or fancy, don’t worry! During the Youth School, together we will dissect the jargon and see what these concepts really mean. As a participant and student, you will also learn more about SEEDIG and other Internet governance processes across the region and the globe.
2. A half-day or full-day event dedicated to you, on 22 May
During this event, you will get to meet some of the key participants of SEEDIG 2018. You will also explore in more depth at least one of the topics that will be discussed at SEEDIG – at your choice. As Youth School 2018 students, you will create this year’s youth messages to be presented at the annual SEEDIG meeting. So you will be all set to join discussions on regional and global digital policy!
3. Participation in SEEDIG 2018
Youth School students will be among many other actors – from SEE and beyond – who will share their expertise and experiences on various Internet-related topics at the two-day annual meeting. All you have to do is to raise your hand and make your point. No comment is silly, and no question is stupid. 🙂
What do we expect from you?
By applying for this programme, you commit to actively participate in all three components mentioned above. You are expected to become and remain an active part of the SEEDIG community after the Ljubljana meeting. There are plenty of ways for you to stay involved, and we will make sure you learn about them throughout the programme.
Since the entire SEEDIG and Youth School components are in English with no interpretation in any languages, all applicants need to possess a good command of English.
What about financial support?
SEEDIG will be able to offer financial support to a limited number of qualified applicants. This support could cover travel expenses (to and from Ljubljana) and/or accommodation expenses, but will NOT include a stipend, reimbursements for visa fees, local transportation, or any other costs. Lunches, coffee breaks, and social events will be covered as part of the SEEDIG overall programme.
Students selected for financial support will be contacted by the SEEDIG Executive Committee with further details concerning travel and accommodation arrangements. Students granted with financial support for travel costs will be required to make their own travel arrangements. The travel costs will then be reimbursed in Ljubljana, in cash, on the basis of relevant documents submitted in advance (invoices, travel itineraries, etc.). More details will be provided by the Executive Committee.
If you can cover the costs of your participation in the programme yourself, or find alternative funding sources – for example via your university – that would be great. We actually encourage you to try and find such funding, given our limited resources. SEEDIG can support selected participants in such efforts, for example, by writing a letter explaining the programme and confirming your selection to it. If you require such a letter, please send us an e-mail.
Review and selection
Your application will be reviewed by the SEEDIG Executive Committee, possibly with additional input from SEEDIG supporting organisations.
During the selection process, we will be paying attention to your motivations, as well as to the need to achieve a diversity of participants, in terms of countries represented, fields of study, statements of interest, gender balance, etc.
Preference may be given to applicants who require partial funding (i.e. a request to cover only the travel costs or the costs of accommodation) or no funding.