United Europe Young Professional Seminar on Internet Governance 2020 [online]


United Europe Young Professional Seminar on Internet Governance 2020 [online]

Date: June 26 and July 3, 2020

Deadline: June 19, 2020

Summary: United Europe is organizing a Young Professional Seminar which focuses on the crucial issues related to Internet governance and open government in Europe. The event, which consists of two online meetups, aims to shed light on the most important digital developments in Europe and the role of citizens in the Internet-oriented reality.

For this two-days-seminar, they are inviting 20 – 25 young European talents from all professions to the following topic: Governing the Internet and Opening the Data: What is Europe’s digital future?

In our Young Professional Seminar, the following questions will be discussed:

  • How does Internet Governance take place in the EU and neighboring European countries?
  • How does it reflect current governing mechanisms?
  • What are the Internet Governance implications for other governance areas?
  • Who are the main stakeholders, and how do they cooperate?
  • Open government in Europe and beyond: What is it and how to use it?
  • How can citizens access public data?
  • Who and how can we investigate government information?
  • How do we make sure that all are involved (people with disabilities, for example?)
  • How do we implement e-governance initiatives and educate the public?
  • What are the implications for struggling democracies?


The Young Professional Seminar will take place on Friday, 26th June, 17.00 – 19.00 hrs, and Friday, 3rd July, 17.00 – 19.00 hrs, CET online.

Speakers include Laurent Ferrali, Government and IGO Engagement Senior Director at ICANN, and a high representative of Open Government Partnership OGP, amongst others.

The seminar is led by Anna Romandash, an award-winning journalist from Ukraine and Young Professional Advisor of United Europe. Anna has collaborated with Open Government Partnership, Freedom House, and Deutsche Welle. She works as a reporter and a digital policy expert focusing on sustainable media development, human rights, and access to information. She has worked on media-related projects in Eastern Europe at Digital Communication Network, and is a Hansen Summer Institute, Personal Democracy Forum, and ICANN fellow.


  • Open to young European talents from all professions
  • The seminar language will be English.


  • As a prework, applicants are required to write a short text (1 – 2 DIN A4 pages/6.500 characters max) about one of the mentioned questions above.
  • You are welcome to create the essay from your personal view and considering the specific situation of your country.

Applications must include this very text, a brief cover letter indicating interest and motivation (1 page, including the question, what you expect from this seminar), together with a CV (incl. a photo and the date of birth, max. 2 pages). All documents must be submitted electronically in PDF format in the English language and should not exceed 2 GB.

They can only consider complete applications.

Please send your application in one document until 19th June to events@united-europe.eu.

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