DIGI Engage 2020: Bridging divides in isolation & beyond
On June 25-26, we successfully convened the fourth DIGI Engage youth summit. This event is the product of a four year long partnership between the Department of Home Affairs and the digital industry, around our shared goals of countering extremism, that sees 80 digitally-savvy young emerging leaders from around Australia come together to learn new skills to bring people together to overcome hate and fear, online and offline. Three months ago, we had a different event planned before the pandemic hit. While we could have cancelled, we decided it was an important moment to bring young people together virtually. Distance may have forced us apart but, in many ways, the online world has kept us connected, and bringing people together to find ways to overcome societal divisions in order to counter extremism is what DIGI Engage has always been about for four years.