IGF 2023 WS #329 Youthful Approaches to Globally Inclusive Data Protection


Data Governance & Trust
Cross-border Data Flows and Trust
Data Localization, Data Residency, and Data Sovereignty
Data Privacy and Protection

Organizer 1: Izaan Khan, Internet Society Youth Standing Group
Organizer 2: Osei Manu Kagyah, 🔒Afro-Grids
Organizer 3: Mayowa Mayowa Oluwasanmi, 🔒

Speaker 1: Rekik Girmachew , Government, African Group
Speaker 2: Alina Ustinova, Civil Society, Eastern European Group
Speaker 3: James Amattey, Technical Community, African Group
Speaker 4: Terezinha Alves Brito, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 5: Ana Karen Cortés Víquez, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Izaan Khan, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator

Osei Manu Kagyah, Civil Society, African Group


Mayowa Mayowa Oluwasanmi, Civil Society, African Group


Panel - 60 Min

Policy Question(s)

What are the key priority areas for the youth when it comes to creating and implementing data protection rules?
How can stakeholders involve and encourage youth participation in data protection policy-making processes (whether within companies, nationally or globally)?
What are the ethical considerations when processing the personal data of minors, or inclusive data processing?

What will participants gain from attending this session? Participants can hope to take away a deeper insight into how the youth feel about data and privacy, in their own words and voice. The attendees and participants will also gain an understanding of what the crucial and high-priority issues are for the youth when it comes to data protection, from a variety of different national and global angles. The importance of being inclusive of different perspectives and priorities in crafting legislation and negotiating treaties and other cross-border legal instruments will be emphasised. Hopefully this will spur conversation amongst decision-makers to find new ways of recognising the youth as a key stakeholder and to meaningfully involve them in subsequent developments in data protection.


Global developments in data protection often tend to have extraterritorial effects, notwithstanding the fact that there is a degree of harmonisation taking place amongst different countries that introduce new rules and regulations surrounding data flows. However, this convergence is driven primarily by state actors, and rarely takes into account the desires and needs of certain communities, such as the youth. To add to this, processing personal data of children is increasingly an area of regulatory scrutiny, recently evidenced by the UK Information Commissioner's Office fining TikTok to the tune of £12.7m for misusing such data. On the flip side, there are also concerns surrounding how the data of youth and marginalised communities is being used (or excluded) in decision-making which may provide some learning on how to be inclusive, sustainable and equitable in the use of data.

In this session, we intend to bring a youth voice into the discussion to understand what the biggest effects, challenges and opportunities are for involving the youth in data protection globally. Among other things, participants will be discussing international data transfers, the ethics of processing child personal data vis-a-vis the impact of multinational companies (especially social media), cybersecurity, and the tensions between data inclusivity and data localisation, from their own youthful perspectives. The intended outcome is to help raise awareness of the youth’s position on these matters, and to try to develop a forum for communicating this to broader audiences involved in policy.

Expected Outcomes

The expected outcomes are to facilitate an exchange of learnings and to promote broad conversations amongst decision-makers, policy makers and the youth to try and reach consensus on the best way forward for including youth voices in data protection developments.

Hybrid Format: Our moderators will be vigilant in checking the Zoom chat to ensure that any questions that we would like to get audience opinions and feedback from will be accessible to our speakers and those offline, thereby ensuring that the voices of those in both will be adequately represented. We will also keep an eye on online chat discussions that feed into the topics being discussed as fodder for further discussion.