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Celebrating the voice of young people

People under 25 are shaping the Internet as we speak. They’re building apps; they’re changing the way the world socialises, and how we organise politically. When it comes to decisions that could impact the Internet, they need to be at the table. This week, at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum, we saw that happen.

Youth at IGF

At the 2016 Internet Governance Forum over 140 young people showed up to make their voices heard.  

Throughout the week they spoke to policy makers, business leaders, global standards bodies or national regulators about what matters when it comes to the Internet's future.   

It was a first for this event. 

The voice of young people could be stronger.

Angélica Contreras

This year's event was a first step to bridging the gap between policymakers and youth. It needs to be standard practice to have youth at the table for these decisions, not only for the sake of the young people who are shaping the Internet today but for those who are about to be connected.

If you're under the age of 30, we are calling on you to take part. 

If you've been involved in the Internet community for several years, you must start to bring young people to the table. 

Here's what we can do to make it happen

Talk to as many people as you can about the importance of including young people. Reach out to school and universities.

Tell others about programmes like our Youth at IGF or other leadership programmes. You can find out more on our website.

You can also become a member and join the Youth Observatory. These are young people located all around the world who are fighting for more of a voice in Internet policy discussions. 

Here's more of what happened this week

#youthIGF2016 #guadalajara #world

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young people at the IGF taking a selfie

IGF 2016 - day 4 - PLENARY - Shaping the Future of Internet Governance - english

IGF 2016 - day 4 - PLENARY - Shaping the Future of Internet Governance