IGF 2018 WS #154 Digital(Internet+) Addiction as a issue of Future Generation

Format: 

Panel - 90 Min

Organizer 1: Maheeshwara Kirindigoda, ISOC Sri Lanka Chapter
Organizer 2: Jay Paudyal, Startup Cafe
Organizer 3: Shreedeep Rayamajhi, RayZnews

Speaker 1: Maheeshwara Kirindigoda, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: Jay Paudyal, Private Sector, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 3: Shreedeep Rayamajhi, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 4: Diaz Ferreyra Nicolas, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 5: Shah Zahidur Rahman, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 6: Cherkaoui LEGHRIS, Civil Society, African Group
Speaker 7: Obed Sindy, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Relevance: 

The researches conducted in Europe and the United States showed a prevalence of Internet addiction 7.9% to 25.2% among adolescents (Ko et al., 2012, Phillips et al., 2012, Bernardi and Pallanti, 2009, Durkee et al., 2012), while the Middle-East and Africa had rates from 17.3% to 23.6% (Ghassemzadeh et al., 2008, Adiele and Olatokun, 2014). Studies in Asia have shown a higher variation in prevalence among young people and adolescents, ranging from 8.1% to 50.9% (Kim et al., 2006, Mak et al., 2014). In China, the rates ranged from 6% to 10% (Cao et al., 2011, Lai et al., 2013, Wu et al., 2013).

In today’s age, the Internet & Digital Technologies has become essential for developing and strengthening the capacities of youth. But at the same time, Excessive use of the Internet and Digital Technologies such as Social Media, mobile phones can come with some risks for young users (e.g. distraction, anxiety, depression) . It can create new challenges with regards to their safety and protection – both in the physical and virtual worlds, physically, psychologically, socially, economically.

Through out the IGF 2006 the word "Internet Addiction" has been dictated. Even-though it not had been explored within IGF. This workshop proposal target to bridge the GAP.

Internet had become a necessity of today. Internet penetration rate is increasing with the mobile penetration. Availability , Affordability, Accessibility of Internet has been increased. There are policy impacts which led Internet Literacy grow in the country. Mean while internet had become a tool of every person. Even though it comes with negative effects as well. Specially the youth ( 12 – 29) is identified as one of most vulnerable community but it is not limited. Among the negative effect Internet Addiction “Excessive Internet use” had become a major threat to the youth.

We have experienced many Issues related to Internet related safety issues such as “Privacy breaching, Inappropriate Content and sharing, Internet Discrimination, Cyber Bulling, Predating, Sexting, Sexual Harassment, Money Scamming ”. But Internet Addiction can be identified as a Silent serial Killer that no one feels it's harm as many is unaware of their addiction.

We consider the Addiction is just not to Internet but also for the digital devices as well. So we name it Digital (Internet+) Addiction as to discuss of these devices support addictions. (Etc Mobile devices)

Session Content: 

Internet addiction can be defined as the problematic use of the Internet, including the various aspects of its technology, such as electronic mail (e-mail), and the World Wide Web.

There are few forms of Internet Addictions. But these types are varying to the cultures, age, literacy and family background.
In this proposal We will discuss the extensive use of the Digital technologies (Internet+) Addiction in different regions, countries, different economies, different definitions.?

Panel will explain different perspectives of Digital Addiction.

We are allowing the audience to explore the Medical, Economical, Psychological, Social effects and the extent of the problem that economies had identifies and allow audience to discuss and share their opinions.

The second half of the session is discussing the how to support identified victims and the policies we need to create. Audience will express their views and opinions, on how to identify, how to treat, best practises to mitigate.
Panel will share their experiences and summarize what are seems to be practical solutions, actions collected from the audience (Online and Offline)

Interventions: 

Onsite Moderator : Maheeshwara Kirindigoda (Sri Lanka/M/Civil)- Introduction to the subject topic and update the reason why he had thought to submit a proposal in this topic. Same time discuss Medical (Physical / psychological ) perspective on "DA"

Sindy Obed (Haiti /M / Civil)- will describe the social perspective on "DA" and as a war affected country how it is contributed.

Jay Paudyal (India / M/ Private Sector) - How it is related to him? He will discuss the Economic perspective (Impact on productivity , Impact on social and personal growth with-in organization ,Statistics, Best practices and solution)
Cherkaoui - (Morrocco / M/Civil) will discuss how it matters for them in their country and the social issues related to "DA".
Nicolas Diaz Ferreyra -(Germany / M/Academia) - will discuss Internet addiction and its relation with online privacy. Technical and psychological factors contributing to online interaction and information disclosure in social networks.

Shah Zahidur Rahman (Bangaladesh / M/ technical) will discuss the situation in Bangladesh and Technical perspective of "*DA"

Manique Gunarathne (Sri Lanka / F/ Differently Able ) will discuss the DA within People with disabilities. (Proposed)

Jean Paul (Burandi / F/ Civil) will discuss Social perspective and Burandi special cases on "DA"
Shreedeep Rayamahji (Nepal/M/Media) will brief how collaboration is required on mitigating "DA" and the tools on specially youth.

Agenda is Attached under additional Background paper

* *"DA" = Digital (Internet+) Addiction

Diversity: 

this workshop is planned by an open invitation through various IGF forums and the people who has similar interest connected in a way that diversity is served. Same time we create the document collaboratively and it has given the proposal has many perspectives covered. Same time we invited a panelist with disability to get their views , experiences on Digital (Internet+) Addiction

Geo Coverage - (Asia 4, Africa 2, LA-1,Eu-1)
Differently able - (1)
Gender Coverage - F-1, M-7
Age Coverage - Youth 2
Stakeholder Coverage - Civil-3, Tech -1 , Private - 2, Academia - 1

Online Participation: 

We plan one online moderator and an assistant and one panelist join through remote.

A Facebook live will be run through out and comments will be collected through the remote moderator.
A hashtag for tweets also be implemented

Webex or Remote tool facility provided by the IGF will be used as main remote platform.

Remote participants will be given equal time as in the agenda and if time do not permits online moderator will get all the comments which is need to be discuss will be put in to the workshop.

(We will be promoting the #tag and remote participation details prior to the event )

Discussion Facilitation: 

Our attached agenda will show the exact timing.

The proposed facilitation is given care of Audience (Offline and Online)
Within the whole 90 minutes panel discussion is set to 33 Minutes to panel and additional 3 Minutes is declared to catch in case of misuse of time.
Online and offline moderation is also given a specific time and a way is identified if time limit is up.

Onsite Moderator: 

Maheeshwara Kirindigoda

Online Moderator: 

Shreedeep Rayamajhi ,Puja Poddar

Rapporteur: 

Maheeshwara Kirindigoda, Jay Paudyal,Puja Poddar

Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

Villa Le Bocage
Palais des Nations,
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland

igf [at] un [dot] org
+41 (0) 229 173 678