Citizenship in the digital era - meeting the challenges, empowering children

9 November 2012 - A Workshop on Openness in Baku, Azerbaijan


In the real world parents and teachers help children understand the importance of being kind to others, of accepting difference and engaging constructively with wider society, including its political and social institutions. In the 21st century that also means teaching children how to engage with the Internet because of the integral part it plays in the modern world. We need to reach a consensus about the roles and responsibilities of all of the actors involved in Internet Governance and in particular we need to develop a consensus about the roles and responsibilities of those companies whose websites play a major part in children’s and young people’s lives. Education and awareness initiatives are of fundamental importance but so are corresponding technical measures which reinforce and underpin the good citizenship messages. How do we strike the right balance? Can market forces achieve everything that is socially desirable? Or does the state have to step in to set out a series of minimum standards? How do Governments and citizens of smaller countries, which are therefore also smaller markets, attract the attention of major global players? Do we need new international institutions which can address the giants of cyberspace?     *Agenda of the workshop* After a short introduction of approx. 5 minutes by the moderator 3 panelists will have 5-7 minutes each to present their views on the theme. Then the discussion will be opened for participants from the floor to ask questions or comment on the things said or the theme in general. After approximately 45 minutes the other panelists will do their presentations for 5-7 minutes and the discussion is opened to the floor again.