IGF 2023 WS #501 Children’s digital rights: overcoming regional inequalities

Wednesday, 11th October, 2023 (02:00 UTC) - Wednesday, 11th October, 2023 (03:30 UTC)
WS 4 – Room B-1

Human Rights & Freedoms
Non-discrimination in the Digital Space

Organizer 1: Thaís Rugolo, 🔒Alana Institute
Organizer 2: Maria Góes de Mello, 🔒
Organizer 3: João Coelho, 🔒

Speaker 1: Waldemar Gonçalves Ortunho Júnio, Government, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 2: Alejandra Phillippi Miranda, Technical Community, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 3: Sonia Livingstone, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 4: Mikiko Otani, Intergovernmental Organization, Asia-Pacific Group


Maria Góes de Mello, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Online Moderator

João Coelho, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Thaís Rugolo, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Panel - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

A. Digital platforms regulation in the Global North can impact regulatory frameworks in the Global South. Is this good? B. What kind of international collaborations can be mobilized to promote children's right to non-discrimination when using digital products and services? C. How other actors and knowledge can be integrated to create more effective regulations for children's protection? Who is responsible for carrying out this agenda

What will participants gain from attending this session? By attending this session, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of recent digital platforms regulations approved in Europe and the USA, and other regulations dedicated to digital products and services design and their importance for children’s protection. They will also engage with researchers and experts who are directly involved in listening to and promoting capacity-building efforts for governments and businesses to address the presence of vulnerable individuals within the digital environment, inspiring processes of regional constructions and harmonizing global to regional protections in developing countries.


Children represent one-third of Internet users. However, because of their special vulnerability, the digital environment can present both opportunities and risks for them. In this regard, national and international efforts have been mobilized to promote a safe and rights-enhancing digital environment, the most important being the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) General Comment No. 25. Nevertheless, the lack of national regulations governing the online environment makes children's digital experiences highly vulnerable to socio-cultural and economic contexts, particularly with a prevalence of discriminatory processes that disproportionately affect countries in the Global South. The session aims to discuss paths to a safer digital environment for children, regardless of their location. To achieve this, recently approved policies and their potential for global impact will be analyzed, alongside the remaining obstacles that need to be addressed for effective regulation, especially in countries of the Global South, taking into account, especially, the application of General Comment No. 25 in Latin America.

Expected Outcomes

The expected outcomes of the session include raising awareness among the Internet Governance Forum audience about the importance of digital governance processes directed at children. The session also aims to inspire initiatives and practices to enhance decision-making processes related to the regulation of digital products and services considering children’s rights. The organization intends to publish a report summarizing the discussions with the goal of guiding best practices.

Hybrid Format: Onsite moderator will have 5 minutes for opening remarks (introductions and encouraging attendees' participation). Next, the onsite moderator will ask each panelist a specific question related to the stakeholder group they represent, in order to address the policy questions that guide the session. Panelists will have 8 minutes each to answer their respective questions. Nest 30 minutes of the workshop will be dedicated to questions and engaging in debates with the online and onsite audience. The online and onsite moderators will encourage participants from the beginning to send questions and share their views. The questions will be alternated between the onsite and online audience. 5 minutes final, the online moderator will address points highlighted by the online audience.