IDEA releases 2013 Global Youth Forum resources

IDEA has launched a microsite for the Digital Freedoms project, aiming to increase awareness and discussion around issues related to human rights, freedom of expression, access to knowledge and information and government transparency in the digital age.

Participants of the 2013 IDEA Global Youth Forum, debaters, students and educators from around the world can now access our new resource area on Digital Freedoms to find:

The topic papers, recorded talks and case studies are prepared by our digital freedoms expert Ben Wagner of the European University Institute, who is also curating our Debatabase articles. The project is funded by the OSF Information Program.

About the Digital Freedoms Project

Thanks to a grant from the Open Society Foundations, IDEA-UK will run a year- long educational project focusing on young people (secondary school and university students) internationally, aiming at engaging them in the process of learning and discussion about digital rights and freedoms. The project aims at making the discussion of digital rights and freedoms more accessible to the young people, who often do not have the experience or knowledge to understand issues related to access to knowledge, intellectual property reform, open government, free expression and privacy. Often, debates about these issues use technical terms and are shaped for limited audiences, minimising awareness about legislation and developments that affect the lives of millions around the world.

The project aims:

  • To increase awareness, understanding and knowledge on issues related to digital freedoms
  • To make the issues surrounding access to knowledge, intellectual property reform, open science, transparency and new technology, free expression and privacy accessible to wider audiences
  • To create educational spaces where users from all over the world can be exposed to expert opinions and background information on subjects related to digital freedoms
  • To foster discussion online and offline and to trigger action by youth groups and NGOs to bring about meaningful change in the area of digital freedoms
  • To provide young people with the tools to critically assess policy in the area of digital freedom in academic, journalistic, professional and other contexts

About the Forum

IDEA and its partners will host 250 young people from over 40 countries of the world at the 19th edition of it’s annual summer event – the IDEA Youth Forum. The 2013 IDEA Youth Forum is organized by the International Debate Education Association (IDEA) in cooperation with the Literary and Debating Society of the National University of Ireland, Galway and the Open Society Foundations – Youth Initiative.  It will take place in August 2013 in Galway, Ireland. This year we will focus even more on increasing the diversity of our flagship event and supporting cultural exchange by offering substantial and diversified financial aid for debaters and coaches from all around the world.


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