Empowering Youth Voices: Join the Youth Advisory Committee and Shape Digital Governance Standards

OTTAWA, ON– As technology becomes increasingly integral to the lives of the current youth generation, it is imperative to prioritize the integration of their perspectives and requirements into the standards that govern our digital landscape. In line with this commitment, the Digital Governance Council (DGC) is excited to announce a significant partnership with the Global Initiative for Digital Rights (GIDR). This strategic collaboration is designed to amplify the voices of youth in the standards development process, empowering and integrating their perspectives to ensure that standards are inclusive, equitable, and reflective of the needs of the global youth community.

Darryl Kingston, the Executive Director of Digital Governance Standards Institute, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, “We are thrilled to join forces with the Global Initiative for Digital Rights to actively involve more youth in the standards development process. Their input and perspectives are invaluable in shaping the digital governance landscape, and we are committed to providing a platform for their meaningful participation.”

The involvement of youth in the digital standard development process is pivotal as Youth are not only our future leaders and decision makers but are at the forefront of digital advancement, with significant influence on everyday technologies. Integrating youth perspectives into the decision-making processes will not only equip more young people with the skills needed for leadership in digital participation but also enhance employment and other socioeconomic opportunities essential for their empowerment and future digital innovations.  
As part of this partnership, a dedicated Youth Advisory Committee will be established to work closely with the Digital Governance Standards Institute (DGSI) to provide a platform for passionate young individuals to share their insights and contribute. Youth involvement will span from providing feedback on existing standards to identifying and participating in the development of new standards, as well as contributing to the verification and conformity assessment processes. 

Sean Speegle, Executive Director of the Global Initiative for Digital Rights, emphasized the significance of this partnership, stating, “This partnership with the Digital Governance Standards Institute offers an unparalleled opportunity for youth voices worldwide to actively participate in shaping the regulatory landscape of our digital realm. This collaboration is set to redefine the way we safeguard our youth in the ever-evolving digital age, ensuring their voices are heard and their perspectives are integrated into crucial decision-making processes.” 

GIDR currently boasts a network of 90+ members in 19 countries and is dedicated to strategically uplifting marginalized youth voices in the digital landscape. Their mission aligns with advocating for widespread educational efforts on contemporary digital topics worldwide, ensuring equitable access to digital rights education. 

The collaboration between the DGC and GIDR aims to actively incorporate the insights and viewpoints of young people and future generations into the advancement, creation, and execution of digital standards. Through this initiative, a more inclusive and responsive approach to digital governance will be fostered, paving the way for innovation and progress to come.

To all young individuals aged 14 to 22 who are passionate about shaping the digital future, we invite you to apply for the Youth Advisory Committee. Your voice matters, and we are committed to providing a platform for you to contribute to the digital governance landscape. Applications are open until the end of June, and we encourage you to seize this opportunity to make a real impact. To express your interest please apply here: English or French. Join us in driving meaningful change and ensuring a bright digital future for all. 


For media inquiries: 

Shyra Wells
Communications and Knowledge Mobilization Lead
Digital Governance Council


About the Digital Governance Council:
The Digital Governance Council is a member-driven organization that acts as a cross-sector neutral convener for Canada’s executive leaders to identify, prioritize and act on digital governance opportunities and challenges. The Council leads an Executive Forum for council members, sets technology governance standards through the Digital Governance Standards Institute and certifies the compliance of Canadian organizations in the management of the effective and efficient use of digital technologies. To learn more about the organization and its initiatives, visit www.dgc-cgn.org or contact info@dgc-cgn.org.   


About the Digital Governance Standards Institute:
The Digital Governance Standards Institute develops digital technology governance standards fit for global use. The Institute works with experts, as well as national and global partners and the public to develop national standards that reduce risk to Canadians and Canadian organizations adopting and using innovative digital technologies in today’s digital economy.  The Institute is an independent division of the Digital Governance Council. To learn more about the organization and its initiatives, visit www.dgc-cgn.org or contact info@dgc-cgn.org 

About Global Initiative for Digital Rights:
Global Initiative for Digital Rights (GIDR) is a non-profit and non-partisan policy center designed to involve, educate, and uplift voices in the theme of digital rights and safety worldwide. To learn more about the organization visit https://www.digitalrightsinitiative.org/   

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