Global Debate and Public Policy Challenge

The Global Debate and Public Policy Challenge is an annual competition designed to engage undergraduates and recent grads in on-going public debate and reflection on issues affecting the global community. It offers students from across continent and educational disciplines an opportunity to explore issues from different view points.  the Challenge will culminate in a final competition in Budapest in June 2013.  The first annual Challenge was a huge success and we hope to attract a wide range of students into the realm of policy advocacy this year!

This year’s theme “Digital Freedom and its Limits” explores what policies governments or other groups should adopt to enhance the potential of digital technology to benefit individuals and societies.  It also  encourages debates about the limits on internet freedom and covers issues related to social networks, privacy, child safety, freedom, censorship, democracy, transparency, and national security.

Accept the Challenge
Register at
Review the background materials and details of the first task
Prepare and submit your policy brief by November 30th

The Challenge consists of two written tasks and culminates at the Forum in Budapest, where the final round of competition will take place and the scholarships awarded.  Any undergrad or recent grad studying any subject, anywhere in the world, can take part by submitting a paper in Round 1. From these submissions up to 200 participants will be selected for Round 2. Once those are judged up to 50 finalists will win trips to Budapest, fully paid for by the organisers.  Finalists will attend workshops with their peers to hone their public speaking and advocacy skills.

Everything you need:
Challenge guidelines, videos, research materials, how-to guides, discussion groups and much more available at

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