Thomas Schneider, Head of international affairs at the Federal Office of Communication of Switzerland, pointed out that modern legal systems are mostly incapable of keeping up with the fast development of digital technologies, as it can take years to write new laws. This is where politicians can turn to the younger generations.
Young people with digital skills, as well as young lawyers, can assist decision-makers and come up with creative ideas and tangible solutions to speed up the process.
“Youth are more agile, speed comes with youth,” said Dunsin Fatuase, a Youth IGF Partner from Nigeria.
Thematic groups can be established within parliaments, comprised of young specialists in the field of digital technologies and law. Tech-savvy youngsters can give their recommendations to policymakers and help reduce the gap. Cooperation between parliamentarians and young people is therefore crucial, says Bernardo Sequeiros, a Youth IGF Partner from Portugal.