What does freedom of expression online mean to young people?
What limits their freedom of expression?
How important are audience size, anonymity and online social norms?
These questions and more were discussed in our youth-led workshop on Social media, young people and freedom of expression. The workshop sought to explore the relationship between social media, young people and freedom of expression. It considered the challenges to both service providers and young people alike and engaged the panellists in a debate about the challenges they face and to discuss the practicalities of resolving these. Young people from the Youth IGF Project chaired the workshop, and were joined on the panel by young people from Hong Kong, Denmark and the Nordic Youth IGF Project.
To support their workshop theme, the youth team developed a survey for young people age 11-18 from across the world. The survey reached 874 young people in 40 countries across 6 continents.
The youth team also took part in a further five workshops, covering topics from human behaviour online and digital citizenship, to intellectual property rights and youth participation.
The youth team developed their ideas for the workshop and this survey at our Summer Camp in August. You can read about the youth team's experiences in Matthew's blog article.
+ Listen to us being interviewed on BBC Click!
Watch our IGF 2012 workshop on social media, young people and freedom of expression:
Skip to 0:19:20 to find the start of the workshop!