March 16, 2018

SEEDIG 2018 Youth School

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.

Outcome | Programme | Participants | Organising team | Call for applications



Students participating in the SEEDIG 2018 Youth School developed and negotiated new Internet business models.



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
  • Debate

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.



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


Organising team


Call for applications (17 March – 2 April 2018)

  • 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.



Want to learn more about the programme? Have a look at how the SEEDIG 2017 Youth School went,

and read testimonials from our alumni.