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No. 126 Safe&Secure Cyberspace for Youth: Solutions for Asia&Africa

Kenta Mochizuki

Attorney at Law (New York), Public Policy & Corporate Governance, Corporate Management Group, Yahoo Japan Corporation

1. Primary Contact Information

Mr. Kenta Mochizuki

Organizational Affiliation: Attorney at Law (New York), Public Policy & Corporate Governance, Corporate Management Group, Yahoo Japan Corporation

2. Secondary Contact Information

Mr. Cisse Kane

Organizational Affiliation: Président, Africa Civil Society on the Information Society (ACSIS)

3. Workshop Format. Please click here for a description of available Workshop Session Formats.

Other - Cross-Regional & Age Dialogue

4. Panel format background paper

No background paper provided

5. Duration of proposed session

60 minutes

6. Title

Safe&Secure Cyberspace for Youth: Solutions for Asia&Africa

7. Description of workshop

The purpose of our workshop is to explore serious issues resulting from the rapid expansion of mobile broadband connections and the wide proliferation of smartphones across Asia and Africa. Our workshop introduces good practices to solve them, such as improving ICT literacy, setting-up Internet hotlines, and/or promoting the use of filtering services while respecting the freedom of expression and the right to know, in order to protect youth from illegal and harmful online contents and to promote the proper use of smartphones by youth. We strongly believe the workshop will help achieve inclusive and sustainable growth in developing countries.

The mobile-based network explosively increases the amount of data flow by which people’s standard of living can be improved. Ever more people are using social media for communication and expression, and in particular, it is no exaggeration to say that daily smartphone usage is indispensable for young people in order to share their opinions and pictures, sympathize or even mobilize to express their emotions via social media.

While the importance of mobile-based communication is self-evident, this trend also gives rise to a negative effect, i.e., easy access to illegal and harmful online contents. Such access causes serious problems like fictitious or expensive claims, online bullying, online child sexual exploitation and abuse, and cyber racism. In worst case scenario, these problems show up in the real world and cause physical impacts. Since the contents remain in the cyberspace perpetually unless appropriate measures are taken, an urgent response to these issues is required.

8. Tags

Tag1: Cybersecurity

Tag2: Youth Engagement

Tag3: Internet & ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals

9. Name, stakeholder group, and organizational affiliation of workshop proposal co-organizer(s)

Yahoo Japan Corporation, Africa Civil Society on the Information Society (ACSIS), and INHOPE (International Association of Internet Hotlines) co-organize the session titled "Safe and Secure Cyberspace for Youth in a New Internet Era: Solutions for Asia and Africa" by inviting speakers from Asia and Africa regions. We do take multistakeholder approach and will invite various speakers. The co-organizers are:

(1) Mr. Kenta Mochizuki (Private Sector), Attorney at Law (New York), Public Policy & Corporate Governance, Corporate Management Group, Yahoo Japan Corporation

(2) Dr. Cisse Kane (Civil Society), Président, Africa Civil Society on the Information Society (ACSIS)

(3) Ms. Amy Crocker (Civil Society), Hotline Development Coordinator, INHOPE

In addition to these co-organizers, we will invite one youth speaker from the Asia-Pacific region and another youth speaker from the African region so that we can include frank opinions from young people in our discussion. Especially, the youth speaker from the Asia-Pacific region will also explain the activities of youth IGF (yIGF) with the cooperation of DotKids Foundation, NetMission.Asia, and Hong Kong Youth IGF.

10. Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?

no

11. Description of the plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

We plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, the audience and online participants by means of “Cross-Regional & Age Dialogue”.

First, 3 co-organizers will make brief presentations on the current situations of mobile-based network problems in the Asia-Pacific and African regions in order to provide some of the key challenges for the protection of youth from illegal and harmful online contents.
INHOPE and Yahoo Japan Corporation will also introduce their specific activities to protect youth online as some of the most feasible solutions.

Second, youth speakers from the Asia-Pacific and African regions will make presentations on their impressions on the current situations of mobile-based network problems and opinions of what is needed to solve these problems. In addition, a youth speaker from the Asia-Pacific region will introduce the activities of yIGF as the best example of an inclusive framework for youth.

Third, after finishing all presentations, all speakers will make comments on whether the key challenges can satisfactorily be addressed by the activities introduced in the above presentations and discuss how to sufficiently implement the activities or alternative solutions in the Asia and Africa regions with the audience and online participants. Finally, all participants in the session brainstorm how solving the key challenges can help achieve inclusive and sustainable growth in developing countries as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). When brainstorming, all participants are expected to put aside their official positions and to be frank.

12. Proposed Speakers

Crocker, Amy
Mochizuki, Kenta
Kane, Cisse
NG, Ki Chun, David

Speakers provisionally confirmed:

Crocker, Amy
Kane, Cisse
Mochizuki, Kenta
NG, Ki Chun, David

13. Reasons for Speakers and/or description of how stakeholder views will be represented

(1) Yahoo Japan Corporation has a strong partnership with Africa Civil Society on the Information Society (ACSIS). Both organizations participated in a WSIS+10 review high level meeting, and Yahoo Japan Corporation was invited to serve as a panelist for a workshop hosted by the ACSIS where several high level panelists such as Mr. Houlin Zhao (ITU Secretary-General) joined (please refer to the following link: https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/forum/2016/Agenda/Session/140). Yahoo Japan Corporation has ever been continuously exchanging views and information on a wide variety of Internet governance issues with the ACSIS.

(2) Yahoo Japan Corporation also has a strong partnership with INHOPE and in May 2016, Safer Internet Association (SIA) which Yahoo Japan Corporation joins became the new administrator for the Internet Hotline Center and a strong partner in the Asia-Pacific Region. We are supposed to strengthen our cooperation to deal with illegal contents online and to stamp out child sexual abuse from the Internet. By the way, INHOPE works closely with Insafe and the European Schoolnet. Among things they coordinate the Safer Internet Day each year in February, so they have contacts in many countries globally.

(3) Yahoo Japan Corporation met DotKids Foundation at 2016 APrIGF Taipei and exchanged views and discussed our future cooperation. Yahoo Japan Corporation also attended a workshop “The Role of the key stakeholders in Disrupting the Dissemination of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) online” hosted by DotKids Foundation and ECPAT International (please refer to the following link: https://apps.2016.rigf.asia/submission/proposaldetail?id=12). We strongly hope to work together for a safer Internet for our next generation.

(4) This workshop will be a great opportunity to highlight how to assist developing countries in dealing with illegal and harmful online contents. 3 co-organizers are supposed to invite a wide variety of speakers so that the session will be practical and useful especially for developing countries.

14. Name of in-person Moderator(s)

Mr. Kenta Mochizuki

15. Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Mr. Kenta Mochizuki

16. Name of Rapporteur(s)

Mr. Kenta Mochizuki

17. Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

We definitely plan to invite online participants to ask and answer questions, make comments, and participate in our discussion actively. As mentioned above, we plan to use a “Cross-Regional & Age Dialogue” format which means that anyone in the world can participate in our discussion while speakers provide necessary information on the reality of mobile-based network as well as its challenges and possible solutions. Not to mention, we are prepared to invite an online speaker who makes a brief presentation, if any. In any case, we would really like to make the most of this format.

18. Based on which Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

Especially Goal 4, Goal 10, Goal 11, Goal 16, Goal 17

19. Background paper

Background paper

20. Agenda

[Provisional Agenda]

[1] Opening Remarks

[2] Presentations: INHOPE, ACSIS, and Yahoo Japan Corporation
3 co-organizers will make brief presentations on the current situations of mobile-based network problems in the Asia-Pacific and African regions in order to provide some of the key challenges for the protection of youth from illegal and harmful online contents.
INHOPE and Yahoo Japan Corporation will also introduce their specific activities to protect youth online as some of the most feasible solutions.

[3] Presentations: Youth Speakers from the Asia-Pacific and African regions
Youth speakers from the Asia-Pacific and African regions will make presentations on their impressions on the current situations of mobile-based network problems and opinions of what is needed to solve these problems. In addition, a youth speaker from the Asia-Pacific region will introduce the activities of yIGF as the best example of an inclusive framework for youth.

[4] Cross-Regional & Age Dialogue
After finishing all presentations, all speakers will make comments on whether the key challenges can satisfactorily be addressed by the activities introduced in the above presentations and discuss how to sufficiently implement the activities or alternative solutions in the Asia and Africa regions with the audience and online participants.

[5]Brainstorming Session on SDGs
All participants in the session brainstorm how solving the key challenges can help achieve inclusive and sustainable growth in developing countries as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

[6] Closing Remarks

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