On June 1, a new composition of the Youth Council was approved, which will be in place for one year. It includes 17 members, proactive students from universities in Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod and St. Petersburg, as well as older professionals involved in the analysis of information processes and research in the field of digital law and international relations. The Youth Council members were selected based on their studies or professional activities which directly correspond with the activities of the council itself.
The Youth Council has been operating on a voluntary basis since 2018. The members consider initiatives related to the development of the ccTLDs .RU and .РФ and their technological infrastructure, as well as social and educational projects. The first meeting will take place on June 8, 2021, and will focus on the plans for 2021, as well as on participation in forums and joint events with the School of International Information Security of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy.
Youth Council Chair Pavel Pozdnyakov expects that each participant will be able to apply the experience and knowledge they already have, as well as learn something new. According to Pozdnyakov, the Youth Council does not just exist formally; it is a functioning body of the Coordination Center and is a mechanism that can be well-tuned in accordance with the principles of the Coordination Center.
The council’s activities will be evaluated based on two aspects: the formal aspect of how the council operates, and the qualitative aspect of whether the council’s work is applicable in the Coordination Center’s activities. “We will use council member meetings for assessment, review the opinions of participants in our meetings and forums, and analyze the events that take place,” Pavel explained.
The assessment process will conclude with a discussion by the council members on the results obtained and the coordination of further action and plans to address key issues in the development of the activities of the Youth Council. At the end of the working year, a report will be issued that will analyze the council’s activities and leadership based on which the Coordination Center can make adjustments.