EuroDIG 2017: Together we come up with the best ideas
- Dalia, Estonian youth panellist
In this article, Dalia, a youth panellist from Estonia, reflects on her recent experience in attending EuroDIG, the annual event of the pan-European dialogue on internet governance.
"My first EuroDIG, which took place in Tallinn, Estonia, on 7 June 2017, went quite smoothly and was definitely a good experience. The sessions were really educational and interesting and, overall, the atmosphere was welcoming. People talked in a language which was understandable to me, and I felt that the voice of youth was sufficiently heard at the event.
"Themes were focused on children and youth, and their wellbeing. Many attendees had a chance to speak and ask questions both during and after the sessions. Two best practices that I learned at EuroDIG were, firstly, that you should always listen to those who don't agree with you and try to understand their way of thinking and, secondly, to give as many people as possible the chance to speak, because together we come up with the best ideas.
"Also, after attending EuroDIG, I now have a much better understanding of what internet governance means, how it works and what impact it has on our society. This was also the topic that I enjoyed the most and I will definitely be speaking to my friends at the Estonian Safer Internet Centre, Targalt internetis (Smartly on the Web) about it. The aim of the project is to promote a wiser use of the internet by children and parents, while blocking the spread of illegal materials online.
"I think that if children and young people were educated at school about such things and voluntarily took an interest in projects and spread awareness to their peers, it would definitely help our online rights."
About the author of this article:
Dalia (15) goes to school in Tallinn, Estonia. She has been a youth member of the "Smartly on the Web" project and Estonian Safer Internet Programme since 2012, and has been a youth member of the Estonian Union for Child Welfare since 2015. Since that time, Dalia has taken part in five international conferences in Estonia, America and Belgium.
- BIK Team
To foster Europeans' interest in internet governance issues and to ensure that a proper dialogue takes place on a regular basis and in a participatory manner, EuroDIG - the European Dialogue on Internet Governance - was established in 2008 as an open, multi-stakeholder platform as a key European point of reference on exchanging views about the internet and how it is governed. EuroDIG is not a conference, it is more of a year-round dialogue on politics and digitisation across the whole European continent, culminating in an annual event.
- Safer Internet Armenia (safe.am)
Safer Internet Armenia was actively involved in the recent EuroDIG session "From internet users to digital citizens" held in Tallinn, Estonia, on 7 June 2017. The session, co-organised by the Internet Society European Affairs Bureau, gathered experts from business, government, academia and civil society to discuss what digital literacy means in today's internet environment and how the existing skill sets can be upgraded. Successful examples of digital literacy initiatives were examined and best digital skills strategies at community level were debated.
- BIK Team
The 2017 edition of EuroDIG (the pan-European dialogue on internet governance) was a milestone event in the field, particularly as it celebrated its 10th anniversary and brought together an impressive number of stakeholders committed to fostering dialogue on the digital future. "The 10th EuroDIG is history. From 6-7 June around 600 participants have been warmly welcomed in Tallinn by the digital citizens of Estonia" stated the EuroDIG secretariat one week after the conference came to an end.
- BIK Team
"DIGital futures: promises and pitfalls" is the theme of this year's EuroDIG, taking place in Tallinn, Estonia from 6-7 June 2017.
- BIK team
How often do Europeans engage in discussions on public policy issues relating to the internet, namely on internet governance? And how many young Europeans are aware of the intrinsic importance of this topic or the ways in which they can actively contribute?