This workshop set out to consider what freedom of expression means to young people before considering what limitations they find themselves under, be it from the rules/community guidelines set by the service providers, social norms or the rules of schools where many young people access the internet.
The workshop was planned and delivered by four young people. They decided that their focus would be on the measures that can be taken to ensure freedom of expression and privacy for children and young people, particularly on social media sites. In preparation for the workshop, the Youth IGF Project team designed and developed a survey to find out from young people across the world how they felt about freedom of expression and social media.
This workshop was selected as a 'Feeder' workshop so the findings were reported back to the main session on Security, Openness and Privacy.
Discussions and conclusions
The four co-chairs of the workshop from the Youth IGF Project, Rebecca, Nicola, Matthew and Jack were joined by a range other panellists:
Youth panellists :
• Victor Neufeld, eNACSO, Denmark
• Anna Gransoe, eNACSO, Denmark
• Wayne Choi, Net Y Ambassador, Hong Kong
• Natalie Chong, Net Y Ambassador, Hong Kong
• Elmo Kusima, Nordic Youth IGF Delegate, Finland
• Richard Alan, Facebook
• Ellen Blackler, Walt Disney
• John Kampfner, on behalf of Google and YouTube
Civil Society panellists:
• Ken Corish, UK Safer Internet Centre, UK
• Philippa Green, Childnet and UK Safer Internet Centre
• Dixie Hawtin, Global Partners and Associates
• Bianca Ho, Net Mission, Hong King
• Larry Magid, Connect Safely, USA
• Janice Richardson, Insafe Network, Brussels