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
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
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.
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.
Building 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].
Are children’s rights being newly infringed or enhanced in the digital age? Such questions concern researchers, child rights’ advocates, and internet governance experts. Yet children’s needs and experiences in the digital age are often neglected in high-level debates about global internet provision and governance and children’s rights are treated as a minority interest and seen as demanding exceptional treatment from adult society. Further, current debates frequently emphasise the risks children potentially face online and underline their right to protection, but much less attention is gven to children’s provision and participation rights online.
The conference will foster an international debate on key issues related to children’s and young people’s rights in the digital age, including: child and youth participation rights; online opportunities and risks; inequalities and digital exclusion; policy and multi-stakeholder governance; the role of peers and peer culture; participatory research; e-learning, health promotion and creativity in the digital environment; cross-generational dynamics of online engagement.
The conference includes a plenary presentation from Global Kids Online. It will begin at midday on 26 July and close at midday on 27 July to enable delegates to make the journey to Leicester for the opening of IAMCR 2016 (approximately one-hour train journey). For more details, visit the conference website.
Young people are a highly vulnerable group on social media. Current research (summarised here https://www.nspcc.org.uk/services-and-resources/research-and-resources/2015/how-safe-are-our-children-2015/ ) suggests that 1 in 3 have been victims of cyber bullying and 1 in 4 have experienced something upsetting on a social media site. The ‘Digital Wildfire’ project (www.digitalwildfire.org) explores the spread of provocative and antagonistic content on social media and seeks to identify opportunities for the responsible governance of digital social spaces. As part of this we have spent time engaging with young people and school teachers to find out their views on social media and the harms it can cause.
The Digital Wildfires project (University of Oxford) and the CaSMa project (University of Nottingham) are organizing a one-day workshop to discuss the impact of (provocative) social media content, the (responsible) use of social media data and the balance between concerns over the harms cause by social media posts with the rights to freedom of speech.
Our showcase workshop brings together researchers and key stakeholders from government, law enforcement, commerce, education and civil society to foster debate on these important questions. The workshop will include:
• speaker presentations
• a discussion roundtable
• a youth panel
• a keynote address by Baroness Beeban Kidron, founder of the iRights campaign for children and young people
• viewing of artwork produced on the theme of Digital Wildfires
• opportunities for networking and debate
• lunch and refreshments provided.
Digital Wildfire: respond now at the Digital Catapult!
10.15 – 10.40
Arrival and coffee
10.40 – 10.50
Welcome – Marina Jirotka, University of Oxford
10.50 – 11.10
– Introduction to Digital Wildfire project – Marina Jirotka, University of Oxford
– Introduction to CaSMa project – Ansgar Koene, University of Nottingham
11.10 – 12.15
Keynote address: Baroness Beeban Kidron – iRights
Introduced by Elvira Perez Vallejos, University of Nottingham
12.15 – 13.15
Panel presentations: Order of presentations tbc.
– Dhiraj Murthy, Goldsmiths College
– Anna Jönsson, Kick it Out
– Iain Bourne, Information Commissioner’s Office
– Rob Procter, University of Warwick
– Marion Oswald, University of Winchester
– Carl Miller, Demos
– Tom Sorell, University of Warwick
Panels chaired by William Housley, Cardiff University and Bernd Stahl, De Montfort University
16.15 – 17.15
Discussion roundtable: The responsible governance of social media
– Paul Giannasi, Ministry of Justice
– Adam Edwards, Cardiff University
– Penny Duquenoy, University of Middlesex
– Gabrielle Guillemin, Article 19
Roundtable chaired by Tom Rodden, University of Nottingham
Youth panel: Panel chaired by Elvira Perez Vallejos, University of Nottingham
18.00 – 18.10
Closing remarks – Marina Jirotka, University of Oxford
18.10 – 19.00
Drinks and viewing session for youth panel entries and Digital Wildfire project artwork
The event is free to attend, but places are limited and it is necessary to register. If you would like to attend, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Today was the deadline for submitting written evidence to the UK Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee on Digital Skills. Continuing on the work of the 2014/15 ‘House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills‘, the call invited written submissions including the following issues:
The extent to which there is a digital skills gap and whether the Government’s initiatives are appropriate and sufficient to fill the gap;
Further measures by Government needed to improve digital literacy;
How well the current education system addresses the digital skills gap;
What is being done to equip teachers in the classroom;
The adequacy of the current ICT provision in schools;
The work being done by universities and industry to ensure that the computing curriculum is relevant;
The extent to which there is a digital divide and whether digital exclusion exits in the current workforce;
The financial impact of the lack of basic digital skills on the economy; and
The extent of any unconscious bias in the digital/IT sector.
Three-quarters of British adults are concerned over unauthorised access to their private information online. Parents in particular are becoming highly concerned about the challenges, risks and consequences that social media usage, cyberbullying, data privacy and online behaviour may have on users, especially children and young people. Much debate is now contemplating the possibility of re-balancing the power between citizens, government and corporations to ensure that civic and human rights in the physical word also apply in the digital one. To explore these issues and promote digital literacy among the general population, the CaSMa research team presents an innovative format to bring people together and facilitate reflection on digital rights. During the event, the audience will watch a short movie and be invited to become part of a ‘jury’ that will discuss: – What are digital rights? – What should potential and possible digital rights be? – Ways in which digital rights (or their absence) can affect us. – Ways of further engaging with the general population in thinking about and acting upon digital rights. This ‘jury’ approach is similar to a focus group, but one in which participants have an explicit objective of arriving at specific recommendations, thereby promoting a sense of responsibility amongst the group, and enhancing discussion. Once the participants have had an opportunity to engage with the issues of digital rights, and experience the ‘jury’ based method, they will be presented with research outcomes from a project which used this method with children and young people, called iRights Youth Juries. There will then be ample opportunity to discuss the findings with our research team. The jury brings an engaging element to the ESRC Festival and an effective tool to facilitate discussion, reflection and learning on digital rights. By becoming part of a jury, participants will experience first-hand this research method and further understand connections between drama education and digital education. We will promote the event to the general public through our proposed venue, Galleries of Justice, through local media and city council events listings, the CaSMa project website: https://casma.wp.horizon.ac.uk/, and our network of stakeholder partners including iRights.
I approach the topic of young people’s rights on the internet not only as a researcher but as a mother. How will I inform and protect my children from the complex interactions young people experience online that lead to their mental health being affected?
CaSMa would like to invite you to a specific study aiming to promote digital literacy that will be running on Friday 21st from 2 till 4 pm at the study space. The event we are proposing is a jury, open to the general public to discuss issues around online access such as data privacy or transparency and also to listen to other people’s points of view. The jury is highly interactive featuring short movies to sparkle debate and reflect on digital rights including the Right to Remove or the Right to be Safe and Supported among other fundamental rights. Participants will be asked to complete a short survey with time allowed for a refreshment break and will receive a £10 gift voucher as a thank you for taking part.
Participation is free but booking is essential due to limited places. For further information and to book a place, please contact Ramona.Statache@Nottingham.ac.uk
Looking forward to seeing you at the Research Café!