The WebDays project is designed to encourage young people to think about digitalisation, consumer protection, media education and internet policy, develop their own opinions, and make their voices heard at the political level. Through the project, they learn that their needs are taken seriously and that they can make a real difference as citizens of a democratic society.
The WebDays project has three core elements. First, an annual youth conference where young people discuss a range of matters relating to digital consumer protection, build networks, and interact directly with experts and policymakers in the field.
Second, the conferences are complemented by what are known as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, to give the conference outcomes a wider reach. The MOOCs teach the information on digital consumer protection that is gathered during the conferences and are also an information source for young people who are unable to attend the conferences.
Third, WebDays functions as a platform for ideas developed in peer projects: some of the young people’s own projects that they develop during the conferences, but also independently, receive microfunding so they can be implemented in real life.
The political challenges of digitalisation can only be overcome if all generations engage in the debate. Young people, as digital natives, play a vital role in this regard.
WebDays is run by IJAB, the International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of Germany and receives funding from the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection.
Naturally, the project is also present on social media: