IGF 2019: Report of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation
In July 2018 the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, convened the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation (HLPDC) to advance proposals to strengthen cooperation in the digital space among all relevant stakeholders.
The 20-member panel, co-chaired by Ms. Melinda Gates and Mr. Jack Ma, was expected to raise awareness about the transformative impact of digital technologies across society and the economy, and contribute to the broader public debate on how to ensure a safe and inclusive digital future for all, taking into account relevant human rights norms.
The Panel submitted the final report to the Secretary-General on 10 June 2019.
It is available at https://www.un.org/en/pdfs/DigitalCooperation-report-for%20web.pdf.
The IGF 2019 Annual Meeting will feature a main session dedicated to Digital Cooperation, scheduled to be on 26 November, from 10:00-13:00 p.m. CEST. This session will reflect on the HLPDC Report recommendations, which refer to the individual topics of the report.
In preparation for this session, the IGF community is invited to provide feedback to these Recommendations. For the project "childrens-rights.digital" chapter 3.1 "Human Rights and Human Agency“ is of particular importance.
Comments can be submitted until 14 October 2019 at https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/report-of-the-un-secretary-general%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%8Ehigh-level-panel-on-digital-cooperation.
Invitation to the Internet Governance Forum 2019Stiftung Digitale Chancen
This year's annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be hosted by the Government of Germany in Berlin under the overarching theme "One World. One Net. One Vision."
From 25 to 29 November more than 2,000 representatives from politics, civil society, business and academia will come together at the fourteenth meeting of the IGF and discuss principles, norms and rules for the World Wide Web. The safety of children and young people and their right to participation will play an important role and be addressed in various workshops.
This year's meeting will focus on (1) Data Governance; (2) Digital Inclusion; (3) Security, Safety, Stability & Resilience. The draft version of the IGF 2019 Schedule can be downloaded here.
Liu Zhenmin, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, invites all Stakeholders to attend this year's meeting. The free registration is mandatory and can be done online: https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2019-registration.
Children's demands to Internet politiciansStiftung Digitale Chancen, Stiftung Digitale Chancen
Children have rights - offline and online. Could children’s right to vote contribute to the execution of their rights? What role does the Internet play in this regard? Within the framework of the re:publica, young people discussed these issues on the main stage of the Netzfest last week, along with Serina Taylor and Carla Golm from the children and youth advisory council of the German Children's Fund, the philosopher Leander Scholz, the media educator Martin Riemer, the scientist Dr. Ingrid Stapf and the childhood scientist Daniela Tews. In the end, the following demands to Internet politicians were phrased:
Children’s demands to Internet politicians
Participation on the Internet and in politics
- Listen to us and let us take part - on the Internet as well!
- Children’s interest must be taken into consideration in any decision taken in regard of the Internet.
- We want to be allowed to vote at a younger age, for example from the age of 12, since today children are well informed through the Internet and thus able to participate in decision making.
- We want children’s rights to be included in the constitution.
- There must be contact points that support us in exercising our rights and help us when our rights are infringed.
Empowerment in the Family
- When parents educate their children, they also need to be informed about the Internet.
- Parents must not infringe the rights of their children, such as the right to privacy.
- Politicians should support families and take measures to enable them to use the Internet.
Learning with and via the net
- We need digital technology in school but we also want to learn how to use it well, self-determined and safely.
- Children’s rights should be explained in school and should also be observed there.
- Every child should be able to access the internet anywhere, for example in libraries and youth centres, where we can learn more about the web and its rules.
Safety and Protection
- We want a right to have one’s data erased on the internet and someone who ensures this right is respected.
- A child’s photo should only be uploaded to the Internet with consent of the child, evidenced by a seal of approval tagged to the file.
- Providers of apps and websites must ensure that our rights are respected.
These demands were based on the voices of children and young people recorded before, during and after the session "Where are the voices of children in Internet politics" at the Netzfest 2019. They are supposed to be discussed during the re:publica and further on with political decision makers. We thank all young and adult people for their participation in the process.
The demands as PDF for download: Children’s demands to Internet politicians