Safe & Secure Cyberspace for Youth: Solutions for Asia & Africa

9 December 2016 - A Workshop on Other in Guadalajara, Mexico


WS126: Safe and Secure Cyberspace for Youth: Solutions for Asia and Africa (Friday, December 9, 09:00-10:30, @ Workshop Room 2)

【Overview】 How Can We Protect Youth Online?: Challenges v. Possible Solutions

The purpose of our workshop is to explore serious issues resulting from the rapid expansion of mobile broadband connections and the wide proliferation of smartphones across Asia and Africa. Our workshop introduces good practices to solve them, such as improving ICT literacy, setting-up Internet hotlines, and/or promoting the use of filtering services while respecting the freedom of expression and the right to know, in order to protect youth from illegal and harmful online contents and to promote the proper use of smartphones by youth. We strongly believe the workshop will help achieve inclusive and sustainable growth in developing countries.

The mobile-based network explosively increases the amount of data flow by which people’s standard of living can be improved. Ever more people are using social media for communication and expression, and in particular, it is no exaggeration to say that daily smartphone usage is indispensable for young people in order to share their opinions and pictures, sympathize or even mobilize to express their emotions via social media. 

While the importance of mobile-based communication is self-evident, this trend also gives rise to a negative effect, i.e., easy access to illegal and harmful online contents. Such access causes serious problems like fictitious or expensive claims, online bullying, online child sexual exploitation and abuse, and cyber racism. In worst case scenario, these problems show up in the real world and cause physical impacts. Since the contents remain in the cyberspace perpetually unless appropriate measures are taken, an urgent response to these issues is required.


1. Opening Remarks

2. Presentations (1): From Institutional Perspectives

3. Presentations (2): From Youth Perspectives

4. Panel Discussion (1): Cross-Regional & Age Dialogue

5. Panel Discussion (2): Brainstorming Session on SDGs

6. Q&A Session (Again; if time allows)

7. Closing Remarks from All Panelists

【Diverse Panelists】 

-Dr. Makoto Yokozawa, Senior Consultant, Nomura Research Institute/Visiting Professor, The Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University

-Ms. Veronica Donoso, Executive Director, International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE)

-Mr. Arsene Tungali, Co-founder & Executive Director, Rudi International

-Mr. Raymond Yang, Ambassador, NetMission.Asia 

-Ms. Shirley Wong, Representative, Hong Kong Youth Internet Governance Forum (HKYIGF)

-Mr. Kenta Mochizuki, Attorney at Law (New York), Public Policy & Corporate Governance, Corporate Management Group, Yahoo Japan Corporation

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