Governance in a Mobile Social Web - Finding the Markers

1 September 2014 - A Pre-event on Other in Istanbul, Turkey


Organisers: jointly organised by five European and international European-Commission funded networks, in collaboration with a youth organisation, industry and a Turkish Government authority

Chair: Youth representing the Insafe network;

 Assistant chair: Janice Richardson, Senior Advisor at Brussels-based European Schoolnet 


Russell Chadwick, Coordinator of INHOPE hotline association based in the Netherlands;

John Carr, representing eNACSO network based in Italy

Yannis Li , representing youth from

Simon Milner, EU Policy, Facebook

Lilian Nalwoga, Uganda ISOC

Representative of Turkish Ministry of Education

 Respondent: Sonia Livingstone, Researcher at London School of Economics, UK

Session description:

In today’s society, children move seemingly seamlessly in and out of the rapidly evolving online social web, almost as soon as they are able to walk and talk. Wearable technology is fast coming into vogue and technology in our homes may well soon monitor our daily activities. As a USA Supreme Court judge recently ruled in a landmark decision on cyber-rights, our mobile phone has become “the sum of an individual’s private life” . In parallel with these developments, discussions on the online well-being of children on the internet have moved from their protection against harmful content and contacts to protection of their fundamental rights and responsibilities. The pendulum has now swung from safety to citizenship. What skills do children and young people need to develop if they are to cope with the challenges of a connected society, what is the role of the public, private and civil sectors, and of families and schools, in building these skills? How do we share the responsibility and what role does internet governance play?

The session will begin with each of 6 panellists setting out their priorities in a 5-minute plenary presentation to show the direction in which they would like their group to work. Participants will then choose a group to which they will actively contribute. The aim is to define and prioritise key aspects, roles and strategies in an interactive logical framework maitrix. A final plenary summary will enable participants to vote electronically on their priorities. Remote participants will be encouraged to contribute actively throughout the whole session.

 Refreshment will be served after the workshop as a means of encouraging ongoing discussion and networking.


 • Subject matter expected to be discussed.

- Issues raised by very young children going online

- The increasing amount of cyberhate – is it an issue?

- The reframing of the risks/opportunities agenda in terms of children’s rights

- The challenge of new/smart/personal devices

 Type of session: capacity building session with panel and interactive discussions


Evaluation Assessment Criteria: level of interactive discussion and voting; number of blogs and tweets; short on-site evaluation by participants; take-up of ideas in IGF sessions on child protection, education, children’s rights; value of logical framework matrix in coming months.

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