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by C. Gudz, Canada Jul 27, 2005
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Profile: Maitreyi Doshi
Active Rank #30
Join Date: 2001-07-24
Country: India
Age: 22
Did You Know? : She has 94 Updates, 12 Global Gallery submissions, and 5 Projects

“TIG has positively been a constant source of inspiration, motivation, and has helped my projects, given me room to grow and helped express myself better. It is time we took things into our hands rather just waiting for someone to make a difference - as this will never happen. I want to see young people from conflicting areas try to reason with each other and find solutions to cross-border conflicts.”

CG: You have been a member with TIG since July 2001...what a long time! How did you first hear about TIG and what made you decide to become a member?

MD: Well do you know about Nation1? Ok long story, but to make it really short, Nation1 was an outcome of the Junior Summit ‘98 held by MIT media lab and there were a bunch of us young people who wanted to make Nation1 a reality. The idea was networking young people from all over the world without having any borders - it was a very unique idea in ‘98. Nation1 was supposed to be this virtual place on the net, when the net was a fantasy for everyone. Anyways so we all worked from it from different parts of the world for 3 years. We were 16 - 19 years old then and sort of figuring out our lives and somewhere while working on N1, Jen and Mike got in touch with us through Nick Moraitis and GYAN was also present and many of us were going to University and could not work on N1 anymore. We decided to merge it with TIG as we thought that TIG sort of had the same vision as we did and were more capable of working things out than N1.

CG: How many members of N1 are now TIG members?

MD: I don’t know how many active members are there but I do know that all the members of N1 then automatically became members of TIG.

CG: So what did you use TIG for most back in 2001, when you joined?

MD: Well I was more active then. TIG was planning to have country reps, and I was one then for India. But slowly I kind of lost touch with what was happening because TIG started growing which is not bad.

CG: Ok, so even though you were more active in the beginning, would you say that you have maintained your interest in TIG throughout the years?

MD: I guess my life started becoming a lot busier, figuring out my career, but yes I definitely got involved with WSIS cause of TIG. WSIS - the World Summit on Information Society – was basically a UN summit to bring world leaders to discuss Information and Communication Technologies [ICTs] and their role in development. And TIG wanted to create a youth caucus to lobby about young people’s role in ICT. Nick Moraitis [TIG alumni], asked me if I would be interested in joining the youth caucus and I said yes so became a part of it. This was in 2002 – 2003, and it was a long process.

CG: And how many people were on the youth caucus - and from different regions I'm guessing?

MD: That’s a very hard question... but there were 3 stages which were called “PrepComs” to the actual Summit which was in December 2003, and in each “PrepCom” the number of young people increased and many times they were not consistent, but as much as possible, it was seen that every continent be represented.

CG: But this was a valuable experience for you right? Do you think your work in the youth caucus had an impact at the summit?

MD: Yes, it definitely was a very valuable experience for me. I understood the UN process and how hard it is and how frustrating it can be; what it takes to talk to your own government delegation; what is lobbying etc.

I will just say that as a collective the youth caucus was very effective as we got a youth paragraph for the first time in a UN declaration. We cannot singly point out who did a lot of work to make it come through, because I think it was a collective effort of all young people involved in this process.

CG: Wow a paragraph in a declaration may not seem like a lot to some, but that is success.

MD: Yes totally.

CG: So since then, have your interested changed at all? Are you still interested in ICTs? What are the major projects you are involved in now?

MD: I am still interested in ICT. During the whole WSIS process, I had taken a break from my career and education, but now I have started university and so it’s sort of on the back burner, though I definitely want to continue my work in the field of ICTs, after I sort out my career.

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Barbara Nambuya | Aug 18th, 2005
I have been inspired as a youth and this i promise, is gonna be the beginning of my frequent writing. Barbara Nambuya

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madan | Sep 18th, 2005

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