Fell LucindaOrganizer Entity
Childnet InternationalWorkshop Theme
Human Rights / Freedom of Expression on the InternetConsise description
This workshop will explore online anonymity, its importance to different user groups (in particular young people), the challenges it poses for varied service providers, its relationship with freedom of expression and its impact on internet governance.
Anonymity is pertinent to discussions on privacy openness security and access. It was an important topic that featured in the 2012 global youth survey, workshop & in the many other discussions that the Youth IGF Project took part in in Baku.
The topic of anonymity has relevance for considerations of human behaviour, internet governance and online commerce, all of which this youth chaired workshop would consider.
For many, anonymity is crucial to participation & engagement online enabling freedom of expression. It can enable an otherwise unheard voice but can provide a mask & help facilitate negative behaviour.
In addition to the human behaviour challenges online posed by anonymity, anonymity also poses challenges for Internet Governance. A balance is required between establishing and maintaining both security and privacy.
We will investigate these challenges & benefits & how anonymity is challenged & supported by different concepts of privacy & security.
Questions to be discussed under the proposed agenda are listed in the background paper for this workshop. The agenda will include a presentation of research from a global youth survey conducted to inform this workshop. The final agenda will be decided by the youth chairs at their preparation session held in August.Moderator
Discussion to be moderated, chaired and led by youth panelRemote Moderator
Hannah BroadbentHave you organized workshops at previous IGFs?
The workshop begun with an introduction and overview of the workshop's working definition of anonymity and listened to a number of the panellists sharing their perspective.
Conclusions drawn from the workshop and further comments
The workshop concluded that there is clear benefit in affording users anonymity online, from the social level and examples given included giving people the chance to discuss taboo topics as well as the physical need and necessity for anonymity for protection. Challenges to online anonymity mentioned that some use it to overcome accountability. It was agreed that education will be key in meeting the challenges. The global youth survey revealed that 86% of respondents felt that it was important to allow people to be anonymous online if they want so education about how to use anonymity well, and protect privacy and information on specific and contextual problems is important.
Lucinda Hasell (Fell)Estimate the overall number of women participants present at the session
About half of the participants were womenTo what extent did the session discuss gender equality and/or women's empowerment?
Discussion affecting gender equality and women's empowerment
It was mentioned briefly in the presentations and discussions
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