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RIGF 2024 Youth Special Course Final Abstracts Published

During the final of the 14th Russian Internet Governance Forum (RIGF 2024), a presentation of theses prepared by participants in the educational track RIGF 2024 — Special Course for Youth took place on April 10. The theses reflected a youth perspective on the current Internet Governance agenda.

Over the course of three weeks, the participants of the Special Course met with experts from various fields of the digital economy and discussed the main issues raised by the RIGF 2024 program. Among them: global digital cooperation, artificial intelligence and new technologies, cybersecurity issues, data management, digital inequality, sustainable development and others. As a result of the meetings, the problems of digital growth were formulated and ways to solve them were proposed.

The abstracts were presented by Anastasia Savelyeva, senior lecturer at the Department of Infocommunication Systems at St. Petersburg State University of Technology and Special Course curator. We publish their short version:

The full version of the final theses of the RIGF 2024 Youth Special Course is published on the official event page.

Let us remind you that this year the Special Course was held for the 4th time. Applications for participation in it were received from 183 people from 7 countries: in addition to Russians, representatives of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, as well as China and the Republic of Malawi became applicants for participation. The majority of applicants were no older than 22 years old; the second largest number of applicants was in the age group from 23 to 27 years. In terms of education level, the leaders are masters, young specialists and scientists, and bachelors. In terms of gender, girls are in the forefront - more than 56% of applications came from them.

Based on the results of the test task, 89 people were allowed to participate in the Special Course, 60 of them reached the finals of the project. The professional fields of the participants, as in previous years, are diverse: they are lawyers, political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, teachers, journalists, economists, designers and, of course, representatives of ICT specialties who are involved in the development, administration and security of information technologies. Electronic certificates will be prepared for finalists confirming successful completion of the Special Course.

And according to tradition, after abstracts presentation at the Russian Internet Governance Forum, we open access to webinars held as part of the Special Course for Youth this year.