Symposium 'CONNECTING THE DOTS: Young People, Technological ...

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Symposium 'CONNECTING THE DOTS: Young People, Technological Developments and Combating Inequalities’ Tallinn, 26-28 June 2018



Background Technological developments and digitalisation affect in many different ways the lives of young people today, whether they are or aren’t digitally active. In many fields, technological developments and digitalisation have brought many advantages, for example in relation to communication, access to information, education, leisure and fun, activism, economic development, time management and working, etc. At the same time, technological developments and digitalisation came also with risks, related to working conditions and environments, the digital divide, security and data protection, health and well-being, media literacy and so on. The European Commission and the Council of Europe have agreed to include in the 2018 work plan of their partnership in the youth field a Symposium on young people and technological developments, connecting the dots. Both the European Commission and the Council of Europe have developed, in recent years, programmes and initiatives that testify of their growing interest in relation to how technology affects young people and how the youth sector can play a role in relation to the opportunities and risks that technological developments present. In the EU-CoE youth partnership’s work, questions related to digitalisation were at the core of the Symposium ‘youth participation in a digitalized world’, which focused on four aspects related to digitalisation and participation: communication, education, economic sphere and working life, and democracy and political participation. Furthermore, in 2016 the EU-CoE youth partnership’s Symposium ‘(Un)Equal Europe? Responses from the youth sector’ explored questions of inequalities in young people’s lives. Finally, during the Symposium of 2017, which focused on youth policy responses to the challenges faced by young people, participants brought up the question of technology as a key domain which deserves more attention also from the youth field. In 2017, the Estonian presidency of the Council of the EU explored “smart youth work” as ways through which youth and youth workers are able, based on existing experiences and seeking new connections and new means, to create innovative solutions (including digital solutions) to coping with both current problems and new challenges. Such reflections constituted the basis of the Council Conclusions on ‘Smart Youth Work’, adopted on 20 November 2018. On the basis of these institutional developments, the 2018 Symposium of the EU-CoE youth partnership will focus on how digitalisation and technological developments affect young people’s lives, especially those at risk of marginalisation and of social exclusion, and what the role of youth policy and youth work is in this respect. The Symposium will take stock of the outcomes of the Estonian Presidency’s work on smart youth work and will consider the Study of the European Commission on ‘Impact of internet and social media on youth participation and youth work’, and the publication on youth participation in internet governance, resulting from the seminar on the same topic held by the Council of Europe Youth Department Education and Training Division in 2017. 2

Symposium ‘Connecting the Dots’ The Symposium will create a space to learn more about the role of technological developments and digitalisation in young people’s lives, especially in relation to the advantages and risks it poses to social inclusion of young people. As technology affects many different sectors, the Symposium will not only bring together actors from the youth field, but also from other sectors, to learn from their work and build synergies. For example, the event will involve stakeholders active in the digital governance field (EuroDIG, No Hate Speech Campaign, DigiComp and EntreComp frameworks). Firstly, the Symposium will be articulated around aspects from young people’s lives that technological develo