Young IGF

Most of the people now deciding the future of the internet did not grow up with it. But there is also a whole generation who have never known a world without the internet. It’s therefore important that the voice and vision of these digital natives are heard. The NL Young IGF was created for this purpose.

Young people in debate

Parallel to the annual NL IGF, a debate is also held for young people. How do they see the issues of, for example, privacy, security, net-neutrality, online shopping and social media? Other stakeholders are present at these debates. The results are taken by members of the Dutch delegation to the global IGF.

Jongeren op het mondiale IGF

The NL IGF believes it’s important that young people are also present at the global IGF so that their voices can be heard. Therefore, the Dutch delegation will always include representatives from this target group. Wondering who they are this year? Read the stories of Auke and Thijl.


In recent years, during the NL IGF’s debates for young people, the topics included:

  • Privacy
  • Security
  • Freedom of expression
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Social Media
  • Mobile internet


Since 2015, the NL IGF has joined the Erasmus+ project to draw young people into the debate on the development of the internet. This is done according to a standardized concept which is also used in Germany, Turkey and Austria. Participating young people not only share knowledge and experience, but also act as ambassadors, involving other young people in the discussion on internet-related issues. For this purpose, they receive training; for example, in presentation skills. Erasmus+ is a European subsidy program whose goal is to encourage ‘lifelong learning’.