On the occasion of the Safer Internet Day (SID) in Lebanon, the UOB Computing Society and the Youth IGF Lebanon have organized an awareness session for university and school students under the title of “a discussion to make the internet better” which reflects the slogan of SID 2020 “Together for a better Internet.”
Over the years, Safer Internet Day (SID) has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar. Starting as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004 and taken up by the Insafe network as one of its earliest actions in 2005, Safer Internet Day has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and is now celebrated in approximately 160 countries worldwide. SID takes place each year in February to promote the safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. From cyberbullying to social networking, each year, Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns.
The session was presented by the Youth IGF ambassador in Lebanon, Michel Chammas, who discussed the latest trends in Internet safety and the contribution of youth in promoting safe internet use. His presentation tackled the topics related to current trends in the Internet and social media use and the risks that arise from them. In the end, students shared their experiences and discussed their concerns regarding online safety.
Michel Chammas is a researcher in the Digital Humanities Center at the University of Balamand and Legal IT consultant. He was appointed in 2017 as the ambassador of TAC - Together Against Cybercrime International and Youth IGF Movement in Lebanon.
Youth IGF (YIGF) Lebanon is part of the Youth IGF Movement; they believe that young people deserve to have their rights protected on the Internet as well as offline. Every year, Youth IGF Lebanon organizes a series of meetings and activities with NGOs, universities, schools, or children to raise the awareness of minors and their parents on online safety and for the better Internet. Youth IGF Lebanon is currently an active member of the Lebanese Multistakeholder Advisory Group (LMAG) and the official organizing committee of SID in Lebanon.
The Youth IGF is a global movement that operates as a multi-stakeholder network. It allows the young (18-35 years old) to discuss and take the lead on issues related to internet governance in the format of local, national, or regional debates. Youth IGF centers its activities on the organization of annual events, discussions, and talks, as well as training, capacity building and awareness-raising sessions on subjects related to internet governance.