Kuala Lumpur, MY (May 1-2, 2019) – As a network of passionate and active young people in various fields who are interested in public affairs, Al Sharq Youth aspired to build a new generation that is well-connected, professionally skilled, and inspired by universal values and a global understanding. To do so, the Al Sharq forum which focusing on young people formed a conference where they can learn and discuss about technology, governance, entrepreneurship, media and innovation. Malaysia is chosen to be the host country for it has been rated success in creating a healthy atmosphere of tolerance and harmony among different races and religions. This country with 13 states and 3 federal territories also grows rapidly in terms of economy, technology, entrepreneurship, and many more.  

Invited total 58 speakers and guests from all across Asia and Australia, Al Sharq Youth Annual Conference 2019 brought “Own Your Future” to be it’s main theme. Youth Internet Governance Forum (Youth IGF) Indonesia took part on this two-days event. The Ambassador of this initiative forum by United Nations, Agita Pasaribu, was appointed as one of the speakers. She has been advocating for progressive youth-related policies at a number of diplomatic and international forums, and also contributed to empowerment initiatives within ASEAN and globally. There were two sessions filled by Agita; Digital Inclusion of Industrial Revolution 4.0 and Cyberbullying as a Disease to be Cured.

On giving talks about digital inclusion, Agita said “We need to help groups like labour unions engage with global innovation and tech centres, or set up their own accelerators for their own communities.” She underlined three points about making digital facilities inclusive in the industrial revolution 4.0 era:

• Help launch the human revolution to bring universal ethics, a comprehensive framework for the cultivation of social, emotional and ethical competencies for children.

• Create a nation with a system of gender equality, where women and men are put in the same position in terms of economic development.

• Develop STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects and involve women in it.

“From the data published by WHO, it’s said that depression will be the second leading cause of disease by 2020. We must be aware of this and cyberbullying as an act that cause depression,” said the Youth IGF Indonesia representative. Raising awareness of cyberbullying phenomenon, Agita conveyed three important things:

• Shutting down the computer and avoid any kind of internet or digital use are not the solutions to deal with cyberbullying, because those actions won’t stop it.

• Having confidential emotional support and legal assistance are needed for the victim of cyberbullying

• Stopping cyberbullying could be done through Natural Language Processing, one of AI (Artificial Intelligence) knowledge fields  that allows computers to process and understand the user’s intent in delivering something.

Not only making conference as it’s main activity, Al Sharq Youth Annual Conference 2019: “Own Your Future” also provided the participants with other activities like pitch competition, teatime session, workshops and masterclasses, venture expo, and mosaic night. To end this annual event, Al Sharq Youth didn’t forget to add the unique elements of art and culture to the closing ceremony. With around 1000 people participated on this event, hopefully this will bring impact to youths on building a better future for the world.

Written by : Miranda Julistika | Comm & Publications | media@bully.id

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