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IGF 2018 LIGHTNING SESSION #15 Internet Platforms, Sexual Content, and Child Protection

Format: Lightning Session - 20 Min

Theme: Human Rights, Gender, & Youth

Subtheme: Child Online Safety

Organizer: Prostasia Foundation

Speaker: Craig Harper, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Short Description: 

Recent advances in research have demonstrated that up to 5% of adult men have pedophilic sexual interests, and many more have lower-level sexual interests in children more generally. The internet has a major role to play in the facilitation and prevention of child sexual abuse. However, many of the policies that are formally or informally adopted by online platforms act as a barrier to help-seeking behaviors, are discriminatory to those non-offending persons with such sexual interests, and in some cases may actively contribute to increasing risk of sexual offending.

This lightning talk will review the available evidence on the prevalence of sexual interests in children, before discussing the extent to which internet companies and social media platforms can play an important role in the prevention of child sexual abuse. It will also outline Prostasia Foundation's plans to convene a multi-stakeholder dialogue between experts and Internet platforms, which will enable industry participants to ensure that their child protection policies and practices are scientifically sound, and that they fulfil their obligations under the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Session Time: 
Tuesday, 13 November, 2018 - 14:40 to 15:00
Human Rights, Gender & Youth

Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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