2019 International Student Summit

Thank you to our students and faculty advisors for joining us for a successful simulation in December 2019. We look forward to seeing you at our next simulation event - our 2020 Model Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

International Student Summit on Information and Democracy

The shifting nature of modern communication, technology, and media consumption is exposing significant flaws in the global community’s efforts to gather quality information. Journalists, social media entities and advocates for free speech and free press are increasingly threatened by pervasive misinformation and antagonistic state actors. This fundamental problem has even threatened both nascent and established democracies who are struggling with the consequences of damaging misinformation.

The 2019 International Student Summit on Information and Democracy (ISS) will simulate a meeting of international advocates for free speech, journalism, and a free and independent press. This meeting will take place under the collective pretense that rising instances of pervasive disinformation, the suppression free press, and a growing influence of anti-democratic regimes, is posing a major threat to the integrity and security of journalists, global freedom, civil harmony, and world peace.  

Nearly 250 high school student participants from across the greater Philadelphia region will represent free press advocates from countries that rank on either end of the World Press Freedom Index. In these roles, students will be assigned a technical working group where they will debate and discuss specific issues confronting the global community. Using their assigned country as a case study, students will highlight specific opportunities and challenges surrounding the global communication and information space and will create a series of proposals that present creative solutions to this pressing global crisis. With their student assignment in mind, and using the principles set out in the International Declaration on Information and Democracy as a benchmark, students will ultimately craft an International Pledge to the international community that responds to contemporary challenges, renews commitment towards the right to exercise freedom of opinion and expression, and defines a set of objectives to be pursued while taking account of the rights and interests of future generations.

The 2019 International Student Summit is available to schools with a 2019-2020 High School Membership. If you have not yet secured a 2019-2020 Membership, please take a moment to complete registration here.