Empowering Youth Ambassadors in the Fight Against Online Mis- and Disinformation (YouLead)
Applications open until 6 February 2022
Experts and trainers
You will be learning from experts who have experience in delivering training sessions and workshops on the issue of online mis- and disinformation, such as:
iamhere international are a world citizens’ network, with more than 150,000 members in 14 countries, which promotes, defends and upholds freedom of speech and democracy. Through trainings, educational events and other activities, they support and empower the targeted and victimized, acting to counter hate speech and misinformation online.
Tactical Tech works with an international audience of engaged citizens and civil society actors to investigate and mitigate the evolving impact of technologies on society. Their project, The Glass Room Misinformation Edition, explores how social media and the web have changed the way we read information and react to it. Tactical Tech also offers trainings for young people to put them in the driving seat of the their digital futures through education, co-creation and capacity building.
At Youth and Media Sandra collaborates closely with talented young people (ages 12-18) and engages with researchers in the field who share an interest in exploring innovative ways to understand, evaluate, and shape current and future social challenges emerging in the digital world.
Sandra’s current work focuses on (interconnected) areas of youth’s life, including information quality and the news ecosystem; well-being; risks to safety and privacy; the future of work, digital skills, and lifelong learning; emerging technologies (e.g., AI, AR, VR); and spaces for youth participation, civic engagement, and innovation.
Rebekah Lyndon is an open source researcher, who investigates human rights abuses using a broad range of digital sources and techniques.
She has worked with international organisations including Human Rights Watch, the United Nations (OHCHR), and Amnesty International, and has led research projects on the spread of disinformation.
She holds an MPhil in history from Cambridge, where she also designed and ran workshops on media literacy and digital research.
You will work closely with a team of facilitators who are coordinating the project overall and who will be working with course participants in smaller groups.
Laura, Meredith and Wiebke carried out the research, design and creation of the first-ever Massive Open Online Course on Children’s Rights and Technology in the Digital Age (2021) which has instilled substantial expertise in: children’s rights in the context of data protection and privacy, childhood development, education and health and safety; and comprehensive knowledge of national, regional and/or international policy related to children's and young people's digital rights.
Dr. Wiebke Lamer is a project consultant for the Global Campus of Human Rights and works for Lancaster University in Leipzig, Germany. She has taught and mentored students in her role as a human rights educator at the Global Campus for several years prior and brings research expertise in the field of media and society to the YouLead project.
She holds a Ph.D. in International Studies and has worked in international higher education as an academic and administrator for more than ten years. Wiebke worked on the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty when she was a member of the GC Venice Research team. She is a published author on issues such as press freedom, freedom of expression and the phenomenon of disinformation.
Laura Thomi is a human rights consultant for the Global Campus of Human Rights, and a graduate of the European Master’s Degree (EMA) in Human Rights and Democratisation, where she started her research on new technologies and their impact on different fundamental rights.
She is a Social Worker (BSc Social Work, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts) with expertise in working with refugees and asylum seekers in Switzerland as well as experience in working with internally displaced persons in Colombia. Furthermore, she holds a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Volunteer Management (School of Business, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland) and has longtime experience as project manager of projects related to migration and integration.
Meredith Veit is a human rights consultant for the Global Campus of Human Rights, and graduated from the European Master’s Degree (EMA) in Human Rights and Democratisation. She is an American writer and researcher who has worked principally in Europe, Africa and the Americas.
In addition to the EMA degree, she holds a BA in Communication and Public Culture from The George Washington University. In 2017 and 2018, she conducted research for public policies and developed projects for the Mexican Youth Institute, an agency within the Mexican federal government focused on empowering the 30+ million youths in Mexico. Meredith has also participated in the ECOSOC Youth Forum in 2018 and 2021 and she is also an alumni of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership program.