EuroDIG, the annual internet governance conference, starts tomorrow!

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? 

To foster Europeans' interest on these matters and to ensure that a proper dialogue takes place on a regular basis and in a participatory manner, the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) 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.
 
This year, from 9-10 June 2016, EuroDIG will organise its annual conference in Brussels. The conference kicks off on 8 June with pre-events on the Internet of Things (IoT)  and the Global Internet Policy Observatory (GIPO), followed by an impressive mix of keynotes, workshops and sessions on issues such as human rights in the digital world, cybersecurity, and empowerment through education, where media literacy as a tool for empowering young people and adults will be discussed.  
 
Acknowledging the importance of youth participation in such matters, the Better Internet for Kids platform has recently hosted a youth webinar on internet governance, seeking to boost youth participation and incentivise young people to get involved in internet governance discussions on a more consistent and regular basis, by acquiring the adequate knowledge and skills to both facilitate understanding and building of personal opinions on issues related to how the internet ecosystem works. 
 
More details are available on the EuroDIG website, and for those who have not had the chance to save the date and register to attend in Brussels, you may follow the live streaming sessions or join through remote participation. If you're interested in following the presence of the BIK team at EuroDIG, keep an eye on Twitter @insafenetwork and @paneuyouth with the hashtag #eurodig16.
 
For more information on internet governance events, check the UN-led Internet Governance Forum (IGF) website and the information on the IGF 2016 conference, this year taking place in December in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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