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  • Published 25.05.18

    Deadline extended! Call for Workshop Proposals for the Internet Governance Forum 2018 open til 6 June

    Internet Governance Forum, Internet Governance Forum

    Next week the date and venue of the Internet Governance Forum 2018 shall be announced. Therefore the deadline for workshop proposals was extended by ten days. Til 6 June 2018, 11.59 pm (UTC), all interested stakeholders are invited to submit workshop proposals for the IGF 2018. The online form can be found at If you are not yet registered to the IGF community you have to do that first at


    Overall eight themes have been defined for IGF so sort workshop proposals to, in order to achieve a structured program for the event: Cybersecurity, Trust & Privacy; Digital Inclusion & Accessibility; Emerging Technologies; Evolution of Internet Governance; Human Rights, Gender & Youth; Development, Innovation & Economic Issues; Media & Content; and Technical & Operational Topics.

    In addition, proposers are invited to select from more than 50 subthemes classified under the themes. These cover a broad range of Internet governance interests and include topics as varied as Access & Connectivity, Cyberdiplomacy, Encryption, Internet & the Environment, Local Content, and Virtual Reality, among many others.

    Proposers may also write in a subtheme of their choosing.

    Workshop Evaluations

    The four major criteria in the evaluation process will centre around Relevance, Content, Diversity, and Format of each proposal. Proposers are strongly advised to pay particular attention to ensuring gender, regional and stakeholder diversity within their organizing teams, as well as among their listed speakers, as these will be reviewed against diversity criteria, which is a key measure. Proposers are further advised that they should have a minimum of three speakers listed and to limit their number of speakers to five wherever possible, in particular when selecting a panel format, so as to ensure space in their session for participant engagement. While this is not a disqualifying criteria, excessive numbers of speakers will result in lower support for the proposal. Please note that individual speakers will be limited to three sessions after the selection process.

    All proposers should consult the detailed documents on the IGF website before making a submission.


    Internet governance is the development and application by governments, the private sector and civil society of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programs that shape the evolution and use of the Internet. The Internet Governance Forum - IGF is an annual open conference, initiated by the United Nations in 2006. Internet penetration worldwide, internet usage, technical aspects and regulation are on the agenda. Human rights have played a big role from the beginning. This year, for the first time, an open call for issues provided the opportunity to put children’s rights and child protection in the focus of IGF. This is mirrored by the themes and subthemes set for the call for workshop proposals.

  • Published 13.03.18

    #SaferInternetAward4EU und

    Until May 15th you can apply online for the #SaferInternetAward4EU. Awarded will be the best and most creative concepts and materials in the field of online security, on topics such as fake news, (cyber) bullying, networked toys and privacy, sexting, grooming, harmful and disruptive content as well as cyber hygiene.

    The #SaferInternetAward4EU is part of the Europe-wide #SaferInternet4Eu campaign launched on Safer Internet Day 2018 by the EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Maryia Gabriel. The campaign aims to promote online security, media literacy and cyber hygiene and to raise awareness of the digital opportunities and challenges of the digital world among children, parents and teachers.

    You can apply in the three categories:

    Best practice competition for organisations

    Best practice competition for teachers

    Best practice competition for youth

    Competition rules and conditions

    Any person from the EU member states as well as Iceland and Norway can participate. Submissions may include concepts, materials, solutions or campaigns launched or carried out over the last two years in one of the official EU languages. The application form will be completed in English.

    The winners will be invited to the award ceremony at the Safer Internet Forum in Brussels in November.

    Competition timeline

    Application period: 1 March til 15 May 2018

    Preselection of finalists: 1 June til 30 June 2018

    Submission of video material from the finalists: 1 July til 31 August 2018

    Online voting: 28 February til 31 October 2018

    Award ceremony: Safer Internet Forum, 20 November 2018

    Further information and the registration form can be found under:

  • Published 15.02.18

    Call: International Children's Peace Prize

    KidsRight Foundation

    The International Children's Peace Prize has been awarded annually by the KidsRights Foundation since 2005. The prize is awarded to children who are particularly committed to the rights of children. The prize provides a platform for children to present their ideas on a wide scale and at the same time serves recognition for the outstanding commitment they have shown so far.

    Until 1 March 2018 committed children and young people can again be nominated for the prize. The nominations can be assigned to different categories such as education, participation or peace. So far, no separate category has been dedicated to the subject of children's rights and digital media. However, some of the Children's Peace Prize winners have used digital media as a tool for their child rights work.

    For example, Eva Tolage, 17 years from Tanzania: she started a petition under the hashtag #StandwithEva, which called on the Tanzanian government to provide clean water for schools in Tanzania. She has been able to collect more than 150,000 signatures, prompting the government to provide clean water and safe toilets in schools. This has improved the situation for many children and families, they are able to access clean water more quickly, the children do not have to travel long distances to wells and thus have more time for their school education.

    Or Nikhiya, 15 years from India: Nikhiva launched the campaign “Bags, Books and Blessings” to improve the equipment of children in school. Through social media and popular newspapers, she has called for donating school supplies to children whose families cannot afford it. In three years, the project has already provided more than 7,700 pupils with materials.

    This visibility for projects and the commitment of children who are particularly committed to the rights of other children is worthy of continued support. Do you know a child whose activities and great commitment - including through digital media - could or can help improve the enforcement of children's rights? Then nominate this child by 1 March on the website of the International Children´s Peace Price.

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