Jaewon Son

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Organization: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Affiliation: ALAC, Fellowship Program, NextGen@ICANN
Region: Europe
Country: Germany

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Jaewon Son is a Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). She also serves as a committee member of the Korea Internet Governance Forum (KrIGF), a capacity-building lead of Youth4IG, and an Asia Pacific Regional At-Large Organisation (APRALO) member. Her interest in ensuring the Multistakeholder Model in internet governance led Jaewon to initiate the first youth session in Korea during the 8th KrIGF and co-found the first Korean youth stakeholder group, which is called Voice of Youth at Internet Governance (VOY@IG).

Jaewon was an outstanding performer awardee at the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA) in 2018 and a mentor and keynote speaker at APIGA 2019.  She attended ICANN 63 in Barcelona, as a civilian expert appointed by Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA), and ICANN 64 in Kobe as a NextGen. She attended ICANN 66 in Montreal to enhance youth participation and ICANN 67 as a fellow. As a speaker and fellow, she attended Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) 2019 in Vladivostok, and Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) 48 in Chiang Mai. She also attended IGF 2019 in Berlin, APrIGF 2020, and Asia Pacific School on Internet Governance (APSIG) 2020 as a speaker.

Career History

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (2021-Present)

Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (2020-2021)

UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (2020)

UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (2019-2020)

Knowledge For Development Without Borders (2019)

Korea Information Society Development Institute (2018-2019)

Korea University (2017-2018)

VM Value Management GmbH (2017-2018)

Science and Technology Policy Institute (2016)

ICANN and Internet Governance Participation

Current Role

  • Youth4IG Capacity Building Lead
  • Asia Pacific Regional At-Large Organisation (APRALO) and At-Large Consolidated Policy Working Group (CPWG) Member [1]
  • ISOC Community Networks SIG, InterPlanetary Networking SIG, and Youth SIG Member

Fellow & Speaker

  • IGF 2019 Speaker (Berlin, Germany) [9] [10]
  • APIGA 2019 Speaker and Mentor (Seoul, Korea)
  • Attended ICANN 63 on behalf of KISA as a Civilian Expert (Barcelona, Spain)


Doctoral Candidate in Geography at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

M.A in International Development and Cooperation at Korea University

B.A in International Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS)

Selected Publications


  • DNS in times of COVID-19: the ccTLD experience – [ICANN68] Session Report [11]
  • Korea’s response to COVID-19: ICT’s role in flattening the curve [12]

Other topics

  • Assessing the Realization of Global Land Restoration: A Meta-analysis [13]
  • Sustainable Water Security Based on the SDG Framework: A Case Study of the 2019 Metro Manila Water Crisis [14]
  • Can China’s Economic Rise and Sustainable Development Coexist? [15]
  • Girls’ Educational Challenge in Rural Vietnam [16]
  • From Sensing to Preventing: Satellite Remote Sensing for Water Disaster Management [17]
  • Impacts of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Facilities on Women's Access to Education -The Case of Lao Cai Province, Vietnam [18]

Selected Honors & Awards

Korean delegate and Digital Society & the Internet Policy Team Lead for Indo-Pacific Youth Dialogue - sponsored by the U.S. Department of State

Green Talents Awards 2019 - awarded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Science & Technology Delegate at the Harvard College Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) 2019

Leader of Tomorrow at the 49th St. Gallen Symposium

Outstanding Performance Award at the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA) 2018