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Workshop 277 - Internet Governance - Activating and Listening to the Voice of Tweens

In the interest of time I am just placing points from the session. If you need any details drop me a line.

This workshop was presented by representatives from Childnet International. It was mentioned that a presentation was made to the UK parliament recently with some young people from the UK on issues affecting them.

There were participants present at this session from the Cyber Peace camp of the IGF. The theme for the camp is "Forming Young Digital Citizens"

A video clip was played with views on the Internet from youth in the UK on the major themes of the IGF. Some of the comments are below.

Views from tweens (UK) - I see myself as being a citizen from a different sort of community;
No one person should have control of the Internet.
There should be websites in different languages so that people can talk to us in their language;
For everyone to use the Internet in a healthy way and not to abuse anyone....

A presentation followed by the Cyber Peace Initiative (CPI) - The Suzanne Mubarak Women's International Peace Movement. Key focus areas of this group include- Safety, creativity, empowerment (empowerment was emphasised)

Main themes of IGF mentioned - Access, safety, security, Openness

It was mentioned in the presentation that youth would rather read 2200 equivalent pages of email than 2 books a year

Privacy and social networking was mentioned as key areas by CPI

5 core NGOs involved in the Net-Aman initiative (a blend of Arabic and English words for safety and Internet) - Launched in March 2008

Survey conducted with young people to see how they are using the Internet prior to launch. 12,000 young people trained in 2008 Telecentres used to spread the culture of peace and net safety throughout the country. Mobile unit used to travel to various areas of the country.

Capacity building, networking, reaching out to international organisations was mentioned by CPI as future initiatives.

Students were given the opportunity to speak about their views and the camp.

Countries represented include the UK, Germany, Egypt, Oman, Italy, Sweden

Engaging youth in policy making - positive use of social networking, Parliamentary legislative process mentioned (parliament needs to promote goodwill; not be a big brother and listen to opinions of young people)

Young people play an important role in the Internet .

Cybervoting and fraud are of concern.
Young people are not aware of appropriate behaviour online. Do not realise the security dangers on the Internet.


Suggestion - Creation of an international group to help create rules to protect youth

Diplo was also mentioned!!

Changing strategies and policies was also suggested

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