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Child safety online: Theme report from the IGF 2010

This report is the result of a team effort by Sokol Haxiu and Alexandra Vasile.

If there is one thought that we took away from all the workshops and sessions dedicated to child safety online, it is this: development of

computing increases the dangers for children and It's never too early

to start taking active steps in order to prevent possible harm to

children on…

Added by Alexandra Vasile on September 24, 2010 at 7:52pm — No Comments

More representation in central IGF bodies: Message from the Dynamic Coalition for child safety online #dc9

I’m not sure exactly if readers know what the Dynamic Coalition for child safety online is, so I will provide a succint defintion based on the one presented in the meeting itself. According to its members, the

DC on child safety online is a group of individuals who, during the IGF, come

together to look at issues related to online safety for children.

Although many questions were raised in the…


Added by Alexandra Vasile on September 17, 2010 at 1:37pm — 3 Comments

Better access and clearer legislation: Conclusions from the Commonwealth RN on child safety #rn2

After sitting in on the Commonwealth Regional Network meeting on child safety, I think there were two issues which kept arising in the conversation: access as a whole and the need for more specific legislation

about child safety online.

First of all, the topic of access was mentioned by participants from various Commonwealth states, but especially by the speaker representing West Africa, who made some…


Added by Alexandra Vasile on September 17, 2010 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Developing civil society and youth participation in Asian IG #ws67

I have to admit that prior to this workshop I knew very little about efforts in the area of youth empowerment in Asia. Most of the time you get to hear about Europe or the US, but rarely are the projects

carried out in the Asia-Pacific region promoted in the press or communities of

some countries, including mine.

The session provided some very useful and interesting information about existing efforts (especially in Hong Kong) aimed…


Added by Alexandra Vasile on September 16, 2010 at 6:36pm — 1 Comment

Educating about children's behavior online: Lessons from Advancing digital citizenship #ws127

The workshop provided a very useful introduction as to what constitutes “digital citizenship” , how the internet can be used in order to educate children about what a good citizen is and also what acceptable online

behavior is. The speakers seemed to agree on the fact that digital citizenship

is an emerging field that needs more attention and research. Also, the message

that was prevalent throughout the meeting was that citizenship education needs

to be…


Added by Alexandra Vasile on September 16, 2010 at 6:33pm — No Comments

Don’t wait till it’s too late: Messages from the Child safety workshop on new types of location services #ws37

John Carr (eNACSO) made a really good point about how today’s challenges reagarding child safety are not the same problems that we were facing a couple of years ago. Now, children unfortunately give away much too

much about their whereabouts, by constantly posting comments on social newtworking

sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Carr pointed out that some children who are

now on Facebook have close to 5000 friends. Obviously, only a handful of those



Added by Alexandra Vasile on September 16, 2010 at 10:14am — No Comments

Fresh ideas and interesting stakeholders at the Harnessing all aspects of the net for youth activism workshop #WS70

I must admit that before the ‘Harnessing all aspects of the net for youth activism’ workshop started, I thought the session was going to be under-represented from the point of view of youth. Especially since it is

dedicated to the role of youth in online participation. I have sat through many

conference during the past couple of years where stakeholders would discuss the

importance of youth being engaged in online activism and…


Added by Alexandra Vasile on September 14, 2010 at 7:51pm — No Comments

Thoughts on Freedom of expression or access to knowledge #WS85

Although this workshop had the broad theme of freedom of expression, almost half of the time was dedicated to discussing the role that civil society plays in promoting freedom of expression on the internet – which

I thought was a great idea.

Anja Kovacs (Center for Internet and Society) opened with the very interesting example of the blackberry revolution in Saudi Arabia in order to point out that the…


Added by Alexandra Vasile on September 14, 2010 at 7:27pm — No Comments

EuroDig on the issue of child privacy online

Since a topic of great interest to me is child protection and privacy online, I wanted to give an overview of what I’ve heard on the topic throughout the EuroDig. Most of the

discussion was present in the workshop titled “Children and social media –

opportunities and risks, rules and responsibilities”. Andreas Johanson (Swedish

Regulator) started off with a study in which parents think they know what…


Added by Alexandra Vasile on May 2, 2010 at 11:17pm — No Comments

Ensuring child safety online - take aways and main ideas

The participants of the EuroDig session on child safety online started by discussing a study which shows that most parents think they know what their children are doing online,

but - in reality – they don’t. This, of

course, means that ensuring child safety on the Internet must include not only

preventing, but also educating and empowering children to seek advice when they

feel that they are abused, bullied…


Added by Alexandra Vasile on April 30, 2010 at 1:24pm — No Comments

When can we achieve global standards for the Internet? @EuroDig

The EuroDig session on global standards for the Internet and the working world started off with Eduardo Ustaran (Field Fisher Waterhouse) pointing out the following dilemmas:

how can we foster the development of the Internet in a way that safeguards the privacy of users?

And How can we take advantage of the technology available to us in a way that

protects individuals’ information and intellectual property?…


Added by Alexandra Vasile on April 30, 2010 at 1:22pm — No Comments



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