Did you know, that accessing the internet alone is not enough? So, internet safety is also needed to enhance digitalization. As an Organizing Committee of YIGF Cambodia, I am so proud to be able to organize the very first forum about Internet Governance in Cambodia. After successfully organizing the YIGF Cambodia, I got selected by the Open Development Cambodia (ODC) to participate in the upcoming IGF. What makes me the proudest is getting approved by the United Nations to join the 18th Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) at the Kyoto International Conference Centre in October 2023.
Hearing about the Internet Governance for the first time, I had no idea what the Internet Governance is. All I think was how we needed the internet for online classes and work during the COVID-19 lockdown. Before becoming the Organizing Committee of the YIGF Cambodia, what I had preferred to see in Cambodia was an inclusive internet for everyone throughout the country, especially people living in remote and rural areas. In my perspective, Cambodia needs fundamental infrastructure especially, internet access. When they can access the internet, there will be immense opportunities for them as well as for the country’s economic growth and social welfare. However, a huge point I had missed was the unsafety it brings alongside the opportunities. Joining the YIGF Cambodia renewed my perspective that accessing the internet alone is not enough but safety should also come along. Many great ideas were coming from among us who are eager to bring the first-ever forum to our audiences. I have never thought that internet governance is one of the crucial developments we need in our daily lives and for the development of the country. Now, not only do I realize its importance but I also advocate digital empowerment to ensure access, safety, and opportunities for everyone. Though most of the topics from both international and national speakers are usually mentioned in our daily lives, the special thing is that various topics were displayed together for the whole two days. A special bonus is that our audiences can freely select the favored sessions that they want to join.
Involving in the YIGF Cambodia, I am a Communication Organizing Committee that takes a role in the creative design and also supports the media team. My education and career background are in media and communication; therefore, taking in this role is just perfect for me to practice my skills by conveying the right message, visual, language tone, and social media platforms to audiences. Not only I can contribute my skills to the forum, but I simultaneously can learn from my fellow Organizing Committee as well, especially from their constructive feedback on my visual posters. Overall, the first time knowing and being involved is such a great learning experience.
YIGF CAMBODIA: SUCCESSFULLY WRAP-UP
The forum was successfully held by having 127 participants joining from 23 – 24 September at the CADT. Over 40 speakers gave various presentations in different sessions to broaden audiences’ understanding of Internet Governance. My role on the event day is to support the media team by capturing pictures of the whole event. All the work has been done smoothly thanks to the team as well as our committed volunteers, especially Bonaliheng and Pichphyrom who supported in media team.
THE NEXT STOP IS IGF 2023
The 18th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2023 will be held from 8 – 12 October in Kyoto by the government of Japan. The overarching theme is “The Internet We Want – Empowering All People” which there will be over 300 sessions in the 5-day conference. The sub-themes I am interested in are Data Governance and Trust and Digital Divides and Inclusion. I also can’t wait to join interesting sessions: Emerging Tech and Solutions for Digital Inclusion, The Role of Parliamentarians in Shaping a Trusted Internet Empowering All People, and Jointly Share the Responsibilities in the Digital Era.
Once again, thanks Open Development Cambodia (ODC) for providing me such a great opportunity to join IGF 2023 in Kyoto, Japan. Stay tuned for my upcoming IGF 2023 blog!