IGF 2020 WS #208 Safe Internet-Standardization for protecting children online

Thematic Track

Organizer 1: Ewa Niewiadomska-Szynkiewicz, Research and Academic Computer Network (NASK)
Organizer 2: Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic, University of Montenegro
Organizer 3: Pawel Kostkiewicz, NASK

Speaker 1: Perry Aftab, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Tito de Morais, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Konstantinos Karachalios, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Moderator

Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic, Civil Society, Eastern European Group

Online Moderator

Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic, Civil Society, Eastern European Group

Rapporteur

Pawel Kostkiewicz, Technical Community, Eastern European Group

Format

Debate - Auditorium - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

- Do we need standards for creating safe Internet? - What are the responsibilities of the different stakeholders, in particular government agencies, around standardization for protecting children online? - What are the benefits and limitations for different stakeholders on standardization of solutions for protecting children online? - What risk is associated with process and technology standardization? - How to effectively build a chain of trust from child through parent to the service provider?

The workshop will address inter alia listed questions: - Benefits of creating a comprehensive cybersafety-centric ecosystem - State of the art of cybersafety standards - Challenges for creating cybersafety standards and trustworthy internet services - Structural, competence and legal limitations - Cooperation ideas, different stakeholders - How ICT standardization and certification can influence the choices and behaviors of children and parents - internet users - Funding and state/political involvement

SDGs

GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Description:

The expansion of Internet has been happening at an unprecedented pace and scale. The digital world is already integrated into our lives in almost every possible way. This brings many benefits, but it also has a dark side as it exposes vulnerable parts of societies, children particularly, to risks and threats online, including different forms of violence and exploitation. To protect socio-economic development in an increasingly connected world in which the Internet, digitally enabled services, devices and emerging tech are becoming an integral part of economies worldwide, measures to ensure safe Internet play an absolutely critical role. All relevant stakeholders - governments, law enforcement, the private sector, parents, educators, academia, civil society, developers, individuals themselves - recognize a need for an urgent action through creating a comprehensive cybersafety-centric ecosystem. Ways for effective response to such demand will be discussed at the proposed panel, offering solutions oriented dialogue on the reality of cybersafety standards in order to restore trust and build a safer empowering digital world. This workshop will involve a 10-minute introductory presentation outlying the main issues. Then each panelist will present a view on the issue of children safety on line and the role of standardization (10 min each). Each presentation will be followed by the discussion (5min), including attendees’ participation. Wrapping up the discussion and summarize (5 min). Questions from the audience will be fielded by the on-site moderator and rapporteur. There will also be an online participation app in place to ensure the most popular questions are answered during the workshop.

Expected Outcomes

The major expected outcome of the workshop is to raise awareness of the need of creating a comprehensive cybersafety-centric ecosystem in order to restore trust and build a safer empowering digital world. An important task of this workshop is to draw the attention of various stakeholders to the need for standardization of solutions for protecting children online, regardless of level of digital competence in different countries in the world.

This workshop will involve a 10-minute introductory presentation outlying the main issues. Then each panelist will present a view on the issue of children safety on line and the role of standardization (10 min each). Each presentation will be followed by the discussion (5min), including attendees’ participation. Wrapping up the discussion and summarize (5 min). Questions from the audience will be fielded by the on-site moderator and rapporteur. There will also be an online participation app in place to ensure the most popular questions are answered during the workshop.

Relevance to Internet Governance: To protect socio-economic development in an increasingly connected and global world in which the Internet, digitally enabled services, devices and emerging tech are becoming an integral part of economies worldwide, measures to ensure safe Internet play an absolutely critical role. Global web brings many benefits, but it also exposes vulnerable parts of societies, children particularly, to risks and threats online, including different forms of violence, exploitation and abuse. All relevant stakeholders - governments, law enforcement, the private sector, parents, educators, academia, civil society, developers, individuals themselves should be aware of the problem of the creating cybersafety standards and should create communities and indicate the directions of actions to develop such standards. The proposed workshop aims at presenting broad perspective on the standardization for protecting children online, giving opportunity to consider necessary policy adjustments, proposing new ideas, best practices or even giving inspiration for creation of international research and government programmes.

Relevance to Theme: The issue of creating standards for protecting children online is a challenge. It requires taking into consideration multiple aspects concerning privacy, protection of victims, different levels of digital competences in various countries, etc. To solve this problem the cooperation among different types of stakeholders representing research community, lawyers, educators, governments, public organizations, the private sector, etc. The creation of comprehensive cybersafety-centric ecosystem is especially important in concerned with the significantly increase the access to information and communication technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries.

Online Participation

 

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