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Monday, September 1 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Governance in a Mobile Social Web – Finding the Markers

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Chair: Youth representing the Insafe network;

Assistant chair: Janice Richardson, Senior Advisor at Brussels-based European Schoolnet 

Session description:

In today’s society, children move seemingly seamlessly in and out of the rapidly evolving online social web, almost as soon as they are able to walk and talk. Wearable technology is fast coming into vogue and technology in our homes may well soon monitor our daily activities. As a USA Supreme Court judge recently ruled in a landmark decision on cyber-rights, our mobile phone has become “the sum of an individual’s private life” . In parallel with these developments, discussions on the online well-being of children on the internet have moved from their protection against harmful content and contacts to protection of their fundamental rights and responsibilities. The pendulum has now swung from safety to citizenship. What skills do children and young people need to develop if they are to cope with the challenges of a connected society, what is the role of the public, private and civil sectors, and of families and schools, in building these skills? How do we share the responsibility and what role does internet governance play?

The session will begin with each of 6 panellists setting out their priorities in a 5-minute plenary presentation to show the direction in which they would like their group to work. Participants will then choose a group to which they will actively contribute. The aim is to define and prioritise key aspects, roles and strategies in an interactive logical framework maitrix. A final plenary summary will enable participants to vote electronically on their priorities. Remote participants will be encouraged to contribute actively throughout the whole session.

 Refreshment will be served after the workshop as a means of encouraging ongoing discussion and networking.

  • Subject matter expected to be discussed.

- Issues raised by very young children going online

- The increasing amount of cyberhate – is it an issue?

- The reframing of the risks/opportunities agenda in terms of children’s rights

- The challenge of new/smart/personal devices

 Type of session: capacity building session with panel and interactive discussions

 Evaluation Assessment Criteria: level of interactive discussion and voting; number of blogs and tweets; short on-site evaluation by participants; take-up of ideas in IGF sessions on child protection, education, children’s rights; value of logical framework matrix in coming months.


John Carr

John Carr is one of the world’s leading authorities on children's and young people’s use of the internet and associated new technologies. He is the Senior Technical Adviser to ECPAT International.John is or has been a Senior Expert Adviser to the United Nations (International... Read More →

Russell Chadwick

Coordinator of INHOPE, hotline association based in the Netherlands

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 →

Simon Milner

EU Policy, Facebook

Lillian Nalwoga

Policy Officer, Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA)
Lillian Nalwoga works as a Policy Officer at the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and is also the President of the Internet Society – Uganda Chapter. She is actively involved in ICT policy debates at the local, regional and global level... Read More →

Monday September 1, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Workshop Room 05 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 3)

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