INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM

The annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) serves to bring people together from various stakeholder groups as equals, in discussions on public policy issues relating to the internet.

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The 12th UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF), hosted by Switzerland at the Palais des Nations in Geneva from 18-21 December 2017, is the world's largest open platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue on digital policy issues. It is open for participation to everybody from all over in the world. There is no fee.

Titled "Shape Your Digital Future!", the IGF 2017 will allow participants to share experiences and to discuss the latest opportunities and challenges of digitisation with representatives from governments, private sector, civil society, the technical and academic communities, and international organisations.
 
The IGF 2017 will address questions relating to cyber security, the data economy, sustainable development, human rights on the internet, as well as the influence of digitisation on our economy, the media landscape and the political system.
 
As in previous years, a delegation will be in attendance to promote a Better Internet for Kids (BIK) initiative on behalf of the EC, Insafe and INHOPE - they will be hosting an information booth, while implementing a Safer Internet Day Polaroid campaign.
 
On Sunday, 17 December 2017, Day 0 of the event, Insafe and INHOPE are organising a panel session titled "Are children conditioned to accept terms and conditions?". According to recent estimates, one in three internet users are children below the age of 18, with an increasing proportion living in the Global South. Members of the so-called "Generation Z" – born after the mid 1990s – can spend up to nine hours a day sharing photos, consuming "content" and talking to friends online. The technical affordances of the internet have made it possible for digital platforms to collect and monetise large amounts of personal information from children. While young social media users will typically consider themselves as proficient, the Growing Up Digital report published by the UK Children's Commissioner in January 2017 found that children sign up for terms and conditions they do not understand. 
 
This IGF panel session will therefore discuss in how far children and young people understand the Terms and Conditions they agree upon when being online, downloading an app or creating an account on social media platforms. Based on this, the session will analyse existing regulations and tensions, looking at key issues at stake to see what can be done to improve the current situation in order to more comprehensively address the need to involve multiple stakeholders when promoting and ensuring digital rights of young people in the more global context, as a precondition for a more inclusive and sustainable online environment. 
 
For further information, consult the IGF website and follow the debates on Twitter using #IGF2017
 
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