Researching Children's Rights in a Global, Digital Age

3 September 2014 - A Workshop on Other in Istanbul, Turkey

Agenda

IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Internet and Human Rights

Description

Researching children’s rights in a global, digital age

Workshop 56, Internet Governance Forum, Istanbul, November 2014

Organizer: Professor Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics and EU Kids Online, s.livingstone@Lse.ac.uk

Theme: The panel will primarily address conference theme 6. Internet and human rights. It is also relevant to theme 2: Content creation, dissemination and use, and to theme 5: Enhancing digital trust.

Description: Policy makers rely on high quality research to underpin evidence-based governance decisions. Although many researchers and research users attend the IGF each year, research is rarely a focus of IGF activities. Thus the research agenda, key concepts, robust yet practical methods, and challenges of evaluation and application are yet to be discussed in this crucial international forum. An ever-growing diversity of evidence on children’s rights in a global digital age exists and more is needed, making this a timely moment for stakeholders to debate the design, conduct and uses of research.

Detailed overview: The round table will ask, primarily, what are the research priorities and key research questions regarding children’s rights in a global, digital age? What is good research practice in a complex domain where the internet is fast-changing and children’s particular needs and perspectives vary hugely by culture and context? Can the methods for conducting and evaluating research that have been established in the global North be extended to the global South, now that children are going online across the globe, or do new considerations apply? To what extent can the evidence usefully guide governance decisions, whether internationally, regionally or nationally? How to strengthen and promote dialogue between researchers and policy makers at all levels? Secondarily, it will ask, how can the research community achieve greater clarity and visibility regarding research priorities, good practice research methods and reliable statistics about children and digital media on a cross-national basis? How might we collaborate through research and stakeholder networks to sustain knowledge sharing?

The session brings together researchers and research users from different stakeholder groups ((academia, industry, regulator, UN organisation, NGO, activist) and from diverse continents around the world to identify the priority research questions, reputable research methods, and key research challenges to be faced when generating a truly global evidence base to underpin internet governance that advances children’s rights in a digital age.

Agenda
90 minutes in total


Welcome, introductions and aims
10 minutes
Professor Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics and Political Science, and the 33-country research network, EU Kids Online


Panel: Formulating the global research agenda for children’s rights in the digital age
Short presentations of 5-8 minutes each, 25 minutes in total

Patrick Burton, Executive Director, Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention, South Africa, “Facilitating children’s voices in the development of policy relating to online safety and rights”

Kürşat Çağıltay, Professor, Faculty of Education, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey: “Conducting research at a time of political change”

Bu Wei, Professor and activist, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China “Critical perspective: mapping the studies on youth and digital media and their methodology in China”

Conversation: Research users’ priorities and challenges regarding children’s rights in the digital age
A 25 minute conversation (no presentations) moderated by Sonia Livingstone

Ankhi Das, Facebook, India
Fabio Senne, Cetic.br, Brazil
Jasmina Byrne, UNICEF Office of Research (with a global mandate)
Nevine Tewfik, Egypt, governmental research user and regulator

Open discussion
30 minutes
Gitte Stald, Professor, ITU University, Denmark, will act as the Remote Moderator
Youth participants
All session attendees

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Professor Sonia Livingstone
Academic researcher
London School of Economics and EU Kids Online
s.livingstone@lse.ac.uk

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?

no

Type of session

Roundtable

Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#research methods, #evidence-based policy, #children’s rights, #research users, #global North/South

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

All speakers listed below have confirmed:

Sonia Livingstone, LSE and EU Kids Online (technical community/civil society), UK

Kürşat Çağıltay, EU Kids Online and academic (technical community/civil society), Turkey

Patrick Burton, Executive Director, Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention, South Africa, “Facilitating children’s voices in the development of policy relating to online safety and rights”

Jasmina Byrne, UNICEF Office of Research (intergovernmental organization with a global mandate)

Nevine Tewfik, Egypt, governmental research user/regulator (government)

Ankhi Das, Facebook, India

Fabio Senne, Cetic.br, Brazil

Bu Wei, professor and activist (technical community/civil society, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

Gitte Stald, Professor, ITU University, Denmark, will act as the Remote Moderator

Youth participants (to be invited, from the IGF list of attendees)

Name of Moderator(s)

Sonia Livingstone

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Gitte Stald, Professor, ITU University, Copenhagen, Denmark

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

The session will bring together researchers and research users (stakeholders from industry, regulators, education, activists, government, UN and NGOs) to identify the priority research questions, reputable research methods, and key research challenges to be faced when generating a truly global evidence base to underpin internet governance that advances children’s rights in a digital age.

This session will take the form of a round table, with short presentations and open interventions to permit debate and the sharing of experiences and expertise among all attendees. It seems that this will be the first time that researchers will meet at the IGF to discuss the conceptual, methodological and practical demands of providing a robust evidence base in this fast-changing domain. Not only will the panel contain considerable expertise but, also important, the purpose is to provide an opportunity for researchers and research users to participate from the floor, and remotely, to ensure that our deliberations are genuinely useful to the research community as they increasingly collaborate to ensure a strong and timely knowledge base for policy makers nationally and internationally.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

As an initial scoping meeting for researchers and users, we anticipate lively debate at the IGF itself. Researchers are themselves part of wide networks, and a point of discussion will be how to engage these in the future. Researchers also engage with young people as part of their research, and with multiple research users in ensuring effect impact of their research. Just how such diverse constituencies can be included in future deliberations - face to face or remotely - will be considered.

When the list of youth participants becomes available, we shall be delighted to invite their participation. In addition, one might stress that research is in and of itself an enterprise that consults youth regarding their experiences. In the EU Kids Online network, for instance, we have surveyed 25,142 children and young people, gaining an unprecedented and representative insight into their diverse experiences, concerns and priorities.

Background paper

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