The Power of Youth Voices to Reshape the Data Economy

The Datasphere Initiative & Internet Society's Youth Standing Group
December 7, 2023
Geneva, Switzerland

The UNCTAD eWeek 2023 was held on December 4 – 8, 2023, in Geneva, Switzerland under the theme ‘Shaping the future of the digital economy’. The event explored key policy areas that must be addressed to build an inclusive and sustainable digitalization at the national, regional, and global levels with the involvement of all relevant stakeholders.

The Datasphere Initiative and the Internet Society’s Youth Standing Group hosted an in-person session “The Power of Youth Voices to Reshape the Data Economy” on December 7, 2023, at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm CET / 10:30 am – 12:00 pm UTC.

Youth are more connected than ever, however, they are rarely represented in policy discussions. Decisions that impact youth’s future remain monopolized by adults. Including youth in discussions is crucial to ensuring that the data economy is truly equitable. 

The session discussed the importance of leveraging youth’s voices to reshape the data economy and the ways in which stakeholders are working to include youth in data governance. Participants were invited to share their own best practices on how to design effective participatory approaches to data policies and technologies, to work towards a youth-inclusive data economy potentially.

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Nicholas Field (Moderator)

Lead, Operations & Administration, Datasphere Initiative

João Moreno Falcão

Vice-chair, Internet Society's Youth Standing Group

Dunola Oladapo

Digital Inclusion [Youth] Programme Officer, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Andrea Palomino

Digital Communications Associate, Datasphere Initiative

Céliane Pochon

Junior Policy Advisor, Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM)

Sylvia Poll

Head of the Digital Society Division in the Telecommunication Development Bureau, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Victoria Tianyi Wang

Associate Programme Management Officer eTrade Initiatives Section, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD

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