Submitted Proposals

Organization: ECPAT International
Title :
31. Child Safety Online: measures to protect children from exploitation the challenge of keeping pace with technological developments
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.
The Workshop will explore how different stakeholders are working to enhance the safety of children on the Internet through their independent actions and through cooperative mechanisms.
The workshop will also focus on challenges faced by the IT industry in implementing protection mechanisms as related to technical issues, local and international regulations and additional steps that should be taken to provide sound protections to children.

Child safety on the Internet is an issue that addresses several of the general themes of the IGF, namely security, openness, capacity building and multi-stakeholder cooperation, all of which will be discussed. The goal is to build upon the foundation established at the IGF in Rio de Janeiro where governments and civil society organized several workshops related to child safety and to move towards establishing a follow-up mechanism for ensuring such recommendations are implemented through actions. This workshop will also highlight successful initiatives that can reinforce the idea of multi-stakeholder co-operation and can foster similar initiatives globally.

As more and more internet companies in a growing number of countries start to deploy blocking technologies to prevent access to known web sites carrying child abuse images, and as the financial services industry starts to become more closely engaged with stopping the trade, what additional steps need to be taken to rid the internet of this scourge?

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.
Chair: Carmen Madrinan / Anjan Bose , ECPAT International

Zoe Hilton, eNACSO
Larry Majid, Connect Safely
David Fares, Vice President Government Relations of News Corporation
Annie Mullins , Vodafone
Margareta Traung, European Commission
Natasha Jackson ,GSMA

Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.
ECPAT International (International NGO)
News Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiary Fox Interactive Media
European Commission-Safer Internet programme

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?

Different perspectives will be provided from industry, government and civil society experts.

Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
Initiatives to address the protection of minors in the information society have been identified and form part of the Plan of Action of the Tunis Declaration. Furthermore the IGF Agenda had identified as a key issue for discussion under the theme of Security, issues related to the protection of children from abuse and exploitation in the online environment in the last meeting in Rio and has called for a  special debate around that topic for this years meeting. In addition, based on the mandate of the IGF it is imperative for stakeholders to identify emerging issues, bring them to the attention of relevant bodies and the general public, and to make recommendations.   

The safety of Internet users, in particular children, is fundamental to maintaining trust in the Internet, thereby allowing all users to exploit its many benefits.  Building peoples’ and organizations’/institutions’ capacities to manage and address this important issue through education and awareness raising is essential.  A sound safety strategy can only be achieved through meaningful cooperation among industry, non-governmental organizations, educators, parents, children, governments and law enforcement.  Our goal is to use this workshop to enhance our mutual understanding on this issue and strengthen the actions that are currently being undertaken whilst addressing the challenges involved.

List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.

ECPAT International and CHIS who are co-organisers of this workshop organized  a workshop on  “Protecting children from sexual exploitation through ICTs” in the  last IGF in Rio de Janeiro.

Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?

Co-organisers of this event had organized a workshop last year. The workshop was on “Protecting children from sexual exploitation through ICTs” under the theme of security. A report of the workshop has been submitted to the IGF.