IGF 2021 WS #133 Delivering children’s rights in the digital world

Time
Tuesday, 7th December, 2021 (15:15 UTC) - Tuesday, 7th December, 2021 (16:15 UTC)
Room
Ballroom A

Organizer 1: Joanna Slattery, 5Rights Foundation
Organizer 2: Beeban Kidron, 5Rights Foundation
Organizer 3: Sonia Livingstone, Department of Media and Communications, Houghton Street, LSE, London
Organizer 4: Philip Jaffe, United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

Speaker 1: Beeban Kidron, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Sonia Livingstone, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Philip Jaffe, Intergovernmental Organization, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Moderator

Beeban Kidron, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator

Joanna Slattery, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Rapporteur

Philip Jaffe, Intergovernmental Organization, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Format

Round Table - Circle - 60 Min

Policy Question(s)

Digital policy and human rights frameworks: What is the relationship between digital policy and development and the established international frameworks for civil and political rights as set out in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and further interpretation of these in the online context provided by various resolutions of the Human Rights Council? How do policy makers and other stakeholders effectively connect these global instruments and interpretations to national contexts? What is the role of different local, national, regional and international stakeholders in achieving digital inclusion that meets the requirements of users in all communities?
Inclusion, rights and stakeholder roles and responsibilities: What are/should be the responsibilities of governments, businesses, the technical community, civil society, the academic and research sector and community-based actors with regard to digital inclusion and respect for human rights, and what is needed for them to fulfil these in an efficient and effective manner?

Issues

General Comment No. 25 on Children’s Rights in Relation to the Digital Environment makes official for the first time that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) applies equally to the virtual world. This authoritative document sets out the responsibilities of states and business, and for the first time offers a vision of what a digital world designed with children in mind will look like. This session will be of interest to states’ representatives, regulators and businesses as it gives the opportunity to engage with the lead authors of General Comment No. 25 on how they must and can meet its requirements.

SDGs

3. Good Health and Well-Being
4. Quality Education
5. Gender Equality
8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

Targets: The digital environment is absolutely necessary for the delivery of most of the SDG’s. The 5Rights Chair is a commissioner on the Broadband Commission for the SDG’s. In particular, General Comment No. 25 relates to the: • Wellbeing and safety of children • Delivery of education • Gender equality • Economic growth. It is an express requirement of General Comment No. 25 to make digital technologies affordable and accessible to all children, in order to deliver on the full gamut of their rights and in accordance with the SDG’s.

Description:

UNCRC General Comment No. 25, on Children’s Rights in Relation to the Digital Environment was adopted this year by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most ratified treaty in history. But in the 30 + years of its history it has been silent on the question of the digital environment. Upon publication the General Comment was promptly recognised by the OECD, the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development Goals, ECPAT (the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children), the International Telecommunication Union, UNESCO, the WeProtect Global Alliance, World Childhood Foundation USA, the World Health Organization and the European Commission. This session will consider how to implement the obligations of states and business. In an interactive session the consultants who drafted General Comment No. 25 on behalf of the committee will engage with IGF delegates on the potential impact, desired outcomes and duties of the digital world to children.

Expected Outcomes

This is a very practical session that will focus on the real-world problems and solutions of states, regulators and business. It will guide delegates through the text, highlighting the guiding principles and practical challenges, including those relating to data protection, age assurance, platform accountability, child rights impact and risk assessments.

Discussion Facilitation

1) We are very experienced at running engaging online sessions. The chair will feed questions to speakers, and we will arrange for some experts to make contributions so that the session is broad, and we hear from multiple perspectives and voices. 2) We will also reach out the registrants to submit questions in advance to ensure we cover their areas of concern.

Online Participation

 

Usage of IGF Official Tool.