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PRESS RELEASE 2012-11-06
Internet Governance Forum in Baku:
Nordic Youth demands more integrity and privacy
The future of the Internet is in focus at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Baku, Azerbaijan Nov 6- 9. The theme is "Governance for Sustainable Human, Economic and Social Development".
For the first time, thanks to a Nordic initiative, youth will be present in the discussion, demanding more integrity and privacy on the Internet as well as more education.
- Issues like on whose terms the Internet shall operate, proprietary issues, and the question of whose needs shall be served cannot be ignored. They touch the fundaments of democracy. Ultimately, they are crucial with respect to the nature of the societies we want to live in – defining in fact who "we" is. Can matters of such importance be discussed meaningfully without including young voices? says the director of Nordicom, professor Ulla Carlsson.
The initiative to make Nordic young people’s voices heard in these forums is a collaboration between the Nordic media authorities and Nordicom at University of Gothenburg, Young people in the Nordic countries are some of the most frequent internet users in the world and they are very concerned with issues of integrity and privacy on the internet. They also resist all kinds of censorship. Another important topic for the Nordic youth is education; for young and old citizens so that all people can access and be included in the digital society.
Their opinions are presented in a new book that will be launched in Baku: Youth Have Their Say on Internet Governance - Nordic Youth Forum at EuroDig Stockholm June 2012.
For more info about the publication contact:
Ulla Carlsson, professor and director of Nordicom +46 31-786 1219
Maria Edström, scientific co-ordinator, Nordicom +46 31- 786 66 40 cell +46 70 370 48 79
Youth present at IGF 2012 in Baku:
Diljá Helgadóttir, Iceland, Elmo Kuisma, Finland, Betzy Hänninen, Norway. Sebastian Buhl, Denmark, Alexander Ross, Sweden.
To get in touch with the youth participants in Baku please contact: Lena Fagerström, project leader, Swedish Media Council +46 70-389 30 11
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was created at the World Summit on Information Society in Tunis in 2005 in response to calls for an international platform where public policy issues relating to the Internet might be discussed. The Summit asked Secretary General Kofi Annan to summon such a forum – a forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue. The IGF, which meets annually, is open to all: governments, civil society, international organisations, teachers and scholars, organisations in the private sector and others. The purpose of the Forum is to examine issues relating to the internet from a broad variety of perspectives; these range from purely technical aspects to human rights issues. All participants are free to speak and share their experiences. Unlike many other fora in the UN community, the IGF has no legislative or executive powers.
Collaborating partners Nordic Youth IGF-project
The project is coordinated by the Swedish Media Council (www.statensmedierad.se) in collaboration with the Danish Media Council for Children and Young People (www.medieraadet.dk), Norwegian Media Authority (www.medietilsynet.no), National Parent Association in Iceland (www.saft.is), Finnish Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (www.mll.fi), Nordicom, and the Nordic Culture Fund www.nordiskkulturfond.org
4-minute film from the Nordic Youth IGF
Link to session with the Nordic Youth at the IGF 2012 in Baku
"Nordic Youth Delegation demands: Ease of use - Integrity - Education" (http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/side-sessions) About Nordicom Nordicom is a knowledge centre for the area of media and communication research, a cooperation between the five countries of the Nordic region - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Starting from academic research, Nordicom collects and adapts knowledge, mediating it to various user groups in the Nordic region, Europe and elsewhere in the world. http://www.nordicom.gu.se
Nordicom is a knowledge centre for the area of media and communication research, a cooperation between the five countries of the Nordic region - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Starting from academic research, Nordicom collects and adapts knowledge, mediating it to various user groups in the Nordic region, Europe and elsewhere in the world. http://www.nordicom.gu.se
The International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media (formerly the UNESCO International Clearinghouse on Children and Violence on the Screen) is financed by the Swedish government and UNESCO. The overall point of departure for the Clearinghouse’s efforts with respect to children, youth and media is the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child http://www.nordicom.gu.se/clearinghouse