WS 04 2019

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Consolidated programme 2019 overview

Title: Children in the digital age – How to balance their right to freedom and their right to be protected

Proposals assigned to this session: ID 6, 43, 100, 179, 194 – list of all proposals as pdf

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Session teaser

Nowadays children are growing up in a digital environment that offers huge opportunities to exercise their rights to freedom of expression, access to information, and participation in society. But at the same time they may be exposed to threats online like bullying, grooming, and sexual abuse. Also the digital environment makes it particularly difficult to ensure their right to privacy, since involuntary and deliberate disclosure of private information may lead to harmful encounter and commercial exploitation. In the session, the focus of the discussion with be on a balanced approach between these rights and freedoms with the objective to achieve suitable policy recommendations. Participants will include young people in order to guarantee their voices are heard in any matter affecting their lives.

Session description

When What How and Why Who
14:00 - 14:10 Introduction to the theme
Introduction of speakers and key participants
  • 30 Years anniversary of the UN-CRC – what does this mean in the digital age?
  • How are children’s rights affected by digitisation?
14:10 - 14:20 Theme 1: The Right to Access to Information (Art. 17); Non-discriminination (Art. 2) Debate along the following questions:
  1. Do children know their rights? How do they interpret their rights?
  2. Which challenges to their rights arise from their everyday life?
  3. What opportunities does the digital environment provide for exercising their rights?
  4. What do children expect from policy and other stakeholders?
14:20 - 14:30 Theme 2: Freedom of Expression (Art. 13); Respect for the views of the child] (Art. 12)
14:30 - 14:40 Theme 3: Theme 3: Freedom of association (Art. 15); Leisure, play and culture (Art. 31)
14:40 - 14:50 Theme 4: Right to Privacy (Art.16)
14:50 - 15:00 Theme 5: Right to Protection (Art. 19, Art. 32, Art. 34)
15:00 - 15:25 Drafting of policy recommendations
  • Children’s concrete demands in regard of the digital environment
  • What role should Internet Governance play?
  • Who should do what?
  • Who takes responsibility?
Wrap-up and Credits Moderator


Roundtable / Fishbowl

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Focal Point

  • Jutta Croll, Stiftung Digitale Chancen
  • Michael Raeder, Stiftung Digitale Chancen

Organising Team (Org Team) List them here as they sign up.

  • Erklina Denja, Magnific shpk Finance Accounting
  • Desara Dushi, SEEDIG Programme Committee
  • Fotjon Kosta, Coordinator of Albania IGF
  • Charalampos Kyritsis, YouthDIG Organiser
  • Giacomo Mazzone, EBU-UER European Broadcasting Union
  • Marina Mestres
  • Sabrina Vorbau, European Schoolnet

Key Participants

  • John Carr, UK's Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety (CHIS)
  • Mersila Ballo, UNICEF Albania
  • Eva Lievens University of Gent (tbc)
  • Simone van der Hof, University of Leiden (tbc),

Youth Participants:

  • Liliane (Austria)
  • João Pedro (Portugal)
  • Haris (Greece)


  • Jutta Croll, Stiftung Digitale Chancen

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  • Andrijana Gavrilovic, Geneva Internet Platform

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