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Researching children’s rights in a global, digital age

Workshop 56, Internet Governance Forum, Istanbul, November 2014

Organizer: Professor Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics and EU Kids Online, s.livingstone@Lse.ac.uk

Theme: The panel will primarily address conference theme 6. Internet and human rights. It is also relevant to theme 2: Content creation, dissemination and use, and to theme 5: Enhancing digital trust.

Description: Policy makers rely on high quality research to underpin evidence-based governance decisions. Although many researchers and research users attend the IGF each year, research is rarely a focus of IGF activities. Thus the research agenda, key concepts, robust yet practical methods, and challenges of evaluation and application are yet to be discussed in this crucial international forum. An ever-growing diversity of evidence on children’s rights in a global digital age exists and more is needed, making this a timely moment for stakeholders to debate the design, conduct and uses of research.

Detailed overview: The round table will ask, primarily, what are the research priorities and key research questions regarding children’s rights in a global, digital age? What is good research practice in a complex domain where the Internet is fast-changing and children’s particular needs and perspectives vary hugely by culture and context? Can the methods for conducting and evaluating research that have been established in the global North be extended to the global South, now that children are going online across the globe, or do new considerations apply? To what extent can the evidence usefully guide governance decisions, whether internationally, regionally or nationally? How to strengthen and promote dialogue between researchers and policy makers at all levels? Secondarily, it will ask, how can the research community achieve greater clarity and visibility regarding research priorities, good practice research methods and reliable statistics about children and digital media on a cross-national basis? How might we collaborate through research and stakeholder networks to sustain knowledge sharing?

The session brings together researchers and research users from different stakeholder groups ((academia, industry, regulator, UN organisation, NGO, activist) and from diverse continents around the world to identify the priority research questions, reputable research methods, and key research challenges to be faced when generating a truly global evidence base to underpin Internet governance that advances children’s rights in a digital age.

90 minutes in total

Welcome, introductions and aims
10 minutes
Professor Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics and Political Science, and the 33-country research network, EU Kids Online

Panel: Formulating the global research agenda for children’s rights in the digital age
Short presentations of 5-8 minutes each, 25 minutes in total

Patrick Burton, Executive Director, Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention, South Africa, “Facilitating children’s voices in the development of policy relating to online safety and rights”

Kürşat Çağıltay, Professor, Faculty of Education, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey: “Conducting research at a time of political change”

Bu Wei, Professor and activist, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China “Critical perspective: mapping the studies on youth and digital media and their methodology in China”

Conversation: Research users’ priorities and challenges regarding children’s rights in the digital age
A 25 minute conversation (no presentations) moderated by Sonia Livingstone

Ankhi Das, Facebook, India
Fabio Senne, Cetic.br, Brazil
Jasmina Byrne, UNICEF Office of Research (with a global mandate)
Nevine Tewfik, Egypt, governmental research user and regulator

Open discussion
30 minutes
Gitte Stald, Professor, ITU University, Denmark, will act as the Remote Moderator
Youth participants
All session attendees


Sonia Livingstone

Professor, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political
Sonia Livingstone is a full professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. She is author or editor of eighteen books, including Children and the Internet: Great Expectations, Challenging Realities (Polity 2009), Harm and Offence in Media Content: A review of the empirical... Read More →

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Jasmina Byrne

Jasmina Byrne is a senior researcher working in UNICEF Office of Research- Innocenti, Florence, Italy. She leads UNICEF's global research on children and the internet and have overseen and contributed to UNICEF studies related to child safety online, cyberbullying and child rights... Read More →

Kursat Cagiltay

Professor, Middle East Technical University
Dr. Kursat Cagiltay is a full Professor of the Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology at the Middle kursat@metu.edu.tr] East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. He holds a double PhD in Cognitive Science and Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University... Read More →

Ankhi Das

Public Policy Director, Facebook
Ankhi Das is the Director of Public Policy for Facebook in India and South & Central Asia. With over 16 years of public policy and regulatory affairs experience in the technology sector, Ankhi’s primary responsibilities are to lead Facebook’s efforts on Internet governance, Open... Read More →


Executive Director, Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP)
I joined the CJCP, a Cape Town-based NGO engaged in the field of social justice and violence prevention, with a particular focus on children and youth, in 2005. My main research interests include both online and offline child protection, and child and youth resilience. Recent... Read More →
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Fabio Senne

ICT Survey Coordinator, Brazilian Network Information Center (NIC.br)/ Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society
Project Coordinator at the Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society (Cetic.br). Master's degree in Communication from University of Brasília (UnB), Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from University of Sao Paulo (USP). Communication researcher... Read More →

Nevine Tewfik

Head of the Research, Studies and Policies Bureau, IR Division, Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
Nevine Tewfik is The Head of the Research, Studies and Policies Bureau at the IR Division of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology- Egypt. With a background in development and political science, Nevine joined MCIT in 2001. Since then, she has been actively... Read More →

Remote Moderators
avatar for Gitte Bang Stald

Gitte Bang Stald

Associate Professor, Ph.d., IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
My research areas are digital media, democracy, citizenship, and participation; mobile media and social change; digital youth media cultures; digital literacy; digital media and globalisation. Over the years I have participated in research projects within these areas. Prensently I... Read More →

Wednesday September 3, 2014 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Workshop Room 10 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 7 + 8)

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