Day 1 – NetMission Youth Camp X 078Kobe.asia

Day 1:
This was the first day of our Internet Governance Youth Camp in 078 Kobe Festival!

After traveling for a long period of time and pushing the cumbersome luggages, we were exhausted, but we were still filled of excitement to start our first initiated youth booth camp!

078 Kobe Festival is an annual event of music, film, interactive media, fashion, kids, anime, and food that will take place in late-April in Kobe, Japan. Paying great respect to SXSW, 078 Kobe Festival aims to gather creative young people from all over the world, and to make Kobe a wonderful city. One of the reasons of organizing such booth camp is because Kobe is going to hold the ICANN meeting in 2019 March, it is our earnest hope to booth up some of the youngsters in Kobe, and empower them to speak up in the ICANN meeting next year.

In the morning, we began our sessions with some self introductions and a couple of ice-breaking games like “Guess the stakeholders” and “Never had I ever”, we were glad that all the participants were active and willing to express their views and their stories. Our participants were mainly international exchange students, studying in computer science, with various of nationalities, like the US, Pakistan and Middle-east. There were some lecturers from university joining as one of our participants. Their professional and specific background were out of our expectation, their fruitful experience and knowledge do help a lot in making a in-depth discussions.

Guess the Stakeholder

 

Whats your concern? Stick it on Idea wall

 

After that, we started our informative sessions in order to let all the participants have a brief view of all the internet topics like cyber-security, internet accessibility, digital economy and human right online. Next, we began to discuss whether the new gLTD is necessary. And this is the end of the first day.

Ice-breaking game, “Never had I ever”

 

NetMission Youth Internet Governance Boost Camp in Kobe

We are so excited to organise a 2-day Youth Internet Governance Boost Camp with 078Kobe Festival this week as an outreach event for the upcoming ICANN Kobe meeting in Mar 2019. Join us at 301, KIITO at 10:00am. (http://078Kobe.asia) Stay tuned for our event updates!
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Community Outreach – A fruitful meeting touching on Internet Governance and youth moblility with Ming Wai’s youth office

What an encouraging start to 2018!

After the student ambassadors training camp ( see details of previous article about the training camp ! ), more capacity building opportunities for NetMission Ambassadors follow

NetMission Ambassadors introduced our works to local youth think tank
In February, we met with a local youth-orientated think tank – MingWai’s youth office, formerly attached to the Commission on Youth, introducing our initiative and discussing youth issues. A group of passionate researchers, their work covered a variety of youth-related topics such as social media usage, Hong Kong’s competitiveness to youth etc. The dialogue was helped along by the casual and relaxed environment in their office.

Touching on various issues of Internet Governance, our ambassadors introduced the NetMission programme’s aims and past achievements. Particularly concerning issues were that of cyberbullying, and its solutions in relation to cybersecurity and privacy. Also discussed was the growing problem of misinformation and fake news. We concluded that today’s youth needed to be more aware and take a more proactive role on civic issues that concerned them.

 

Youth Mobility (ymi.asia) – the next important issues we are looking at  
Youth mobility was another area that we touched on. Fantastically, both of us have been working on the advocacy of empowering young people for a number of years. It was a fruitful and knowledgeable conversation we had regarding what we can do for youth in future. We agreed that it is crucial to have a variety of youth-oriented report in which many interest of young people should be discussed and serve as a bridge to link the civil society and the government making sure voices from youth , for youth heard in the legislative process.

Thanks again for the invitation! We are always keen to meet different people in the society to see how to promote youth participation in the dialogue of Internet Governance, and also the advocacy of youth mobility about setting young people setting out to change the world.

The next episode would be the training session prepared by a group of self-learning ambassadors and experienced and knowledgeable distinctive guest speakers.

Stay tuned with us, more and more updates of NetMission Ambassadors coming out soon.

Training camp

Our new class of NetMission Ambassadors dived straight into 2018 with their first training event in a 3 day camp. Ambassadors spent the first afternoon by writing down topics and issues that concerned them on an idea wall, to get a feeling of what they wanted to focus on in activities to come. The night was wrapped up nicely with a barbecue.

The second day began with an Internet Governance roleplay discussion where Ambassadors assumed the roles of various stakeholders from civil society, the government and the business sector. The issue discussed was that of native advertising on social media, and how it related to users’ privacy and choice. Many thanks to our NetMission Alumni who organised and ran the session.

Also on the second day was a basic introduction to some issues of Internet Governance. Notably this included a work-in-progress card-game model of the technical aspects of the Internet, provided by our friends at APNIC. Ambassadors spent the afternoon producing short videos to promote Safer Internet Day 2018. Keep an eye out on our social media!

The third day kicked off again with an Internet Governance discussion, this time focusing on the format and moderation typical of Internet Governance discourse. After an initial demonstration, Ambassadors then tried their hand at moderation themselves, which proved to be no easy task.

The camp ended with Ambassadors reflecting on what they thought about the camp, but more importantly what they hoped to achieve in the future. Based on the Mission Board that they created earlier, working groups were formed to actualize their goals. Ambassadors also reflected on the skills they hope to develop through the program, skills that will surely be useful in their activities and conferences to come!

Youth Mobility Index 2018

DOTASIA RELEASES ITS FINDINGS FOR YOUTH MOBILITY INDEX REPORT IN ASIA

 

Hong Kong Leads Asia in Entrepreneurship Mobility, says Youth Mobility Index

To commemorate its 10th year anniversary, operator of the ‘.Asia’ regional top-level-domain, today released its first annual ‘Youth Mobility Index (YMI.Asia)’ report. YMI.Asia aims to measure the social, geo-physical and digital mobility of younger generations across Asia to better support young Asian entrepreneurs setting out to change the world.

Hong Kong, one of the world’s leading financial centres, ranks #1 in several areas including Startup Momentum, reveals DotAsia’s Youth Mobility Index. What sets Hong Kong apart from the rest is its independent and free startup culture and the entrepreneurship ecosystem it fosters. This is clearly reflected in YMI.Asia, which places Hong Kong #2 in overall rankings, right after Singapore. In spite of its economic success, Hong Kong is left at the very bottom of the Cost-Happiness Performance ranking.  Why is this so? A recent survey done by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Department of Applied Social Science suggests costly and crowded housing market maybe one of the reason why local youth are less happy than their regional counter parts. Read More