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In the Conversation: “We asked young people what they want from the internet of the future – here’s what they said”

On March 21st the House of Lords Communications Committee inquiry on Children and the Internet published its report, which incorporated a number of findings that came out or our Youth Juries engagement with 13-17 years old ‘digital natives’.

Our publication in the Conversation summarizes the main points.

ISOC User Trust Webinar

In preparation for the European Chapters meeting (22-23 February 2017) we will have a 90 minutes Webinar / Conference call on Tuesday 14 February 2017 from 6pm to collect input from participants about the ways in which ISOC UK can/should engage with the theme of User Trust.

In June 2016 ISOC published a working paper “A policy framework for an open and trusted Internet” outlining the four interrelated dimension to be considered when developing policies for the internet. http://www.internetsociety.org/doc/policy-framework-open-and-trusted-internet

The aim of the European Chapters meeting is to build on this and identify specific areas related to User Trust that ISOC should prioritise and focus on when engaging with policy maker to build a trusted Internet.

The specific discussions around User Trust that have been proposed for the meeting are:

  • Ethical data handling
  • Privacy
  • Data breaches
  • Examples of collaborative security in action
  • Internet of Things – implications for security, privacy, control (who control which aspect of the device: user vs. service provider), liability in case of problems, longevity (e.g. devices embedded in infrastructure)
  • Digital Literacy – the need for people to understand basic aspects of how the internet, and digital services, work in order to: improve cybersecurity; be able to give informed consent to personal data usage; understand the implications of proposed legislation (e.g. snoopers charter); …
  • User generated content moderation – how to approach the issues related to fake news and editorial responsibility
  • An overview of the situation in Russia

Other areas of User Trust that might be especially relevant for ISOC UK could be:

  • Government surveillance powers (implications and legal challenges to the Investigative Powers Act)
  • The impact of nation-first, anti-globalization movement (Brexit)
  • Governance of the platform economy (e.g. Uber, Deliveroo), i.e. classification as ‘tech’ company to avoid regulations

Which areas should we prioritize? The chapters meeting is only one and a half days long so time is limited.

Looking beyond the European Chapters meeting, what kind of follow-up activities should ISOC UK pursue, e.g. digital literacy 101 for parliamentarians?

Topic: Internet Society UK and User Trust – Webinar
Time: Feb 14, 2017 6:00 PM London

Launch of “The Internet on Our Own Terms” report

You are invited to join us for the launch of a groundbreaking report that articulates the voice of children and young people, and their relationship to the internet and digital technologies;

The Internet On Our Own Terms

How Children and Young People Deliberated about their Digital Rights

6 – 8pm
Tuesday 31st January 2017
Committee Room 3A
House of Lords
London, SW1A 0PW

Speakers;
Baroness Beeban Kidron, Prof. Stephen Coleman, Dr. Elvira Perez Vallejos and youth jurors, followed by a Q&A

In April 2015 young people aged between 12 and 17 gathered together in the cities of Leeds, London and Nottingham to participate in a series of jury-styled focus groups designed to ‘put the internet on trial’. In total, nine juries took place which included 108 young people, approximately 12 participants per jury.

The report outlines the ground-breaking research process, using actors to set scenarios for debate and a deliberative process to capture the changing views of young people as they examine a broad range of claims and evidence.

The policy suggestions, straight from the mouths and imaginations of the young participants, aimed at Ministers, Industry, Educators and Business are vibrant, surprising and pragmatic.
We hope you will join us to hear more

Announcement: 5Rights Youth Juries report launch at Parliament

The UnBias team is pleased to announce the launch of a ground-breaking report that articulates the voice of children and young people, and their relationship to the internet and digital technologies.

The launch will take place at the House of Lords next 31st of January and it be presented by Baroness Beeban Kidron, Prof Stephen Coleman from Leeds University and Elvira Perez from the UnBias team. Children and young people will be attending the launch and contributing the Q&A session.

Mural created at the Web We Want Festival

This report is titled ‘The Internet on our Own Term: How Children and Young People Deliberated about their Digital Rights’ and describes the work carried since April 2015 in which young people aged between 12 and 17 gathered together in the cities of Leeds, London and Nottingham to participate in a series of jury-styled focus groups designed to ‘put the internet on trial’. In total, nine juries took place which included 108 young people, approximately 12 participants per jury.

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Responsible Governance for Healthy and Sustainable Smart Platforms: Policy directions for the collaborative economy

Smart online platforms will be a vital enabler of future economic growth across the EU and a key component of  the EU single digital market. They also promise new ways to pool and mobilise society’s resources with the potential to address various impending social and environmental crises.

However, to reap these benefits, new thinking is required around the regulation and governance of smart online platforms to ensure balanced interests, and to promote fair and safe forms of participation, particularly relating to the role played by algorithms and data in driving economies of scale.

This policy event will provide a forum to address the following questions:

  • What are the challenges and opportunities for public policy of Smart Online Platforms?
  • How can we leverage platforms for a more equal, just, and knowledgeable society?
  • How can platforms play a role in reducing the social divide and retain hard-won rights and protections?
  • What  are the challenges and opportunities for existing industries from their disruptive business models?
  • How should the regulatory environment change and what new regulatory institutions or instruments may be needed?
  • How can these technologies support public objectives and help policy makers deliver solutions at greater scale and of greater impact?

This event is being organised by the Smart Society EU FET project which has been exploring technologies and governance models for the next generation of Smart Platforms. The event will include the launch of the Smart Society Social Charter, and high-profile keynote talks.

Preliminary Agenda

 9.30 - 10.00 Registration

10.00 - 10.45 Keynote:The landscape of the collaborative economy, Helen Goulden (Nesta)

10.45 - 11.30 Keynote: Responsibility in Collaborative Economies (TBC)

11.30 - 12.00 Coffee

12.00 - 13.00 A Social Charter for Smart Platforms

13.00 - 13.30 Questions and Discussion

13.30 - 14.30 Lunch

14.30 - 15.15 Panel Session 

15.15 - 16.00 Closing plenary session

Digital Government Summit: Agile Policy Making

“It’s not about making existing things just a little bit better: it’s about completely rethinking what we do and how we do it.” Stephen Foreshew-Cain, Executive Director, Government Digital Service

Substantial change is underway across government and public services to transform the relationship between the citizen and the state. The goal is to make it easier for people to access the services they want, when and where they want, and to deal with government in a simple, secure and speedy way. We are in the digital age but is not just about new technology, big data or moving services online. It is about thinking in a completely different way. Being agile and flexible enough to implement service design as it forms, to test different versions of the same services and pick the winner at low cost, to have feedback and public consultation in real time. This event will explore how to build services that meet citizen’s needs and rethink policy making and service design so they are closely tied.

This summit of digital leaders will focus on how government and civil service is changing, both in the UK and across the world, and what the future might mean for national and local democracy, for policy making and implementation, and for data and information sharing. The agenda will explore how to make services simpler, clearer and faster for citizens and ensure your organisation has the right skills in place to make it happen.

Join us at the Digital Government Summit: Agile Policy Making to hear from the latest thinking, strategies and cutting-edge projects that are transforming how public services are being designed, commissioned and delivered on a national, regional and local level. You will learn what the future direction for government and the public sector is and how to transform your organisation to benefit from new innovations and new ways of working.

Programme overview is available here.

2016 UK Internet Governance Forum

2016 UK Internet Governance Forum

The programme for the 2016 UK-IGF, to be held on 17 November at One Drummond Gate, will include the sessions set out below. Further topics and speakers will be confirmed shortly and this page will be updated. In the meantime you can submit your views on what you would like to see discussed at the event. You can also keep up to date by following @UKIGF on Twitter.

If you are interested in attending, please sign up today.

Sessions

The global policy landscape

Former culture minister Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP (@edvaizey) will give a short address on the changing global policy landscape.  What does the result of the US Presidential election and the increasingly assertive stances of Russia and China mean for the free and open internet?

Brexit: what next for UK internet policy?

Five months after the EU referendum, TechUK’s Charlotte Holloway (@CharlotteHollo) will lead a discussion on the practical and philosophical impacts of Brexit for the internet sector.  Can the UK maintain its influence on internet governance outside of the EU?

e-Identification: The future of privacy?

The rise of new forms of electronic identification potential offers improved security and easier access to public and private services. Access Partnership’s Matthew McDermott (@AccessAlerts) will be leading a workshop to consider how can we make sure these are secure and interoperable, and what might be the killer app to drive adoption?

What is the impact of the internet on political debate?

With political debate across the West apparently becoming more polarised, we will be asking has the internet empowered more people to engage in politics, widened our horizons, or simply made us more entrenched in our particular world-view?

A panel including NationBuilder’s Toni Cowan-Brown (@ToniCowanBrown) and Demos’ Carl Miller (@carljackmiller) will consider these questions and whether internet companies have a role to play in widening people’s exposure to other points of view?

The UK’s cyber-preparedness: In conversation with Anthony Finkelstein

With the number of high profile cyber-attacks targeting UK and international businesses rising on a weekly basis, we will hear from UCL’s Professor Anthony Finkelstein (@profserious) the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security.

 Preparation for the global IGF

Global Partner Digital’s Andrew Puddephatt (@AndrewPuddephat) and the LSE’s David Souter (@DavidNSouter) will lead a round-up of the headlines from the day’s discussions and look ahead to the global IGF in December.

If you have any questions about the event or require any further information please contact info@ukigf.org.uk.

MAPPING Project FP7: Second General Assembly

Online business, Security and Fundamental Human Rights – Enabling trust on the Internet

The MAPPING project consortium is looking forward to the next meeting of invited stakeholders, interested in debating the existing innovation policies, business models and legal framework related to three major, interrelated focus areas: Internet governance, Privacy, Intellectual property rights.

After the success of the First General Assembly in Hanover in September 2015, in the Prague 2016 General Assembly we expect the continuation of the dialogue with key experts and policy and decision makers, who are involved in research and innovation in the above mentioned areas within Europe’s political, social and economic context.

Following recommendations from the participants of previous General Assemblies, the event in Prague will take place over three full days.

Submission to House of Lords inquiry on “Children and the Internet”

imagevaulthandler-aspxBuilding on the results from our work on the iRights Youth Juries, CaSMa responded to the call for evidence from the to House of Lords Communications Committee “Children and the Internet” inquiry. Following our submission at the end of August, Professor Derek McAuley was invited to give verbal evidence, which took place on October 11th [transcript] [video].

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