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WS160: Social media and youth radicalization in the digital age

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UNESCO Workshop, Internet Governance Forum: December 2016, Mexico

 Workshop Title: Social Media and Youth Radicalization in the Digital Age

 12:00 – 13:30 Tuesday, 6 December 2016, Workshop Room 5

 Topic Summary

 UNESCO has a mandate to defend freedom of expression, instructed by its Constitution to promote “the free flow of ideas by word and image”. In 2013, UNESCO’s General Conference of 195 Member States adopted Resolution 52, which recalled Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/RES/20/8, “The Promotion, Protection and Enjoyment of Human Rights on the Internet”, affirming that the same rights that people have off-line must also be protected online.

 Following the fruitful discussion on mitigating online hate speech and youth radicalization at the IGF 2015, UNESCO received many calls to further the discussion and deepen the understanding of the hot issue of youth radicalization and the role of social media in this process.

UNESCO proposes this session to share the initial outcome in terms of Internet Governance from its commissioned research on the subject, and trigger discussion on where the Internet relates to youth radicalization including gender issues, the counter measures taken, as well as to the youth empowerment actions taken through a holistic approach, in the light of achieving SDG goal 16 on inclusive and peaceful societies.

 It will be an interactive discussion built on a brief introduction of the research at the beginning and short remarks from panelists. Majority of the time will be dedicated to the Q and A with the audience and remote participants.

 Resources and links:

Link to UNESCO Internet Study “Keystones to foster inclusive Knowledge Societies”: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/internetstudy/

UNESCO Series on Internet Freedom:


Link to UNESCO Concept note on Internet Universality:


Link to ConnectingtheDots Outcome documents of UNESCO: http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/CI/CI/pdf/outcome_document.pdf

In-Person Moderator: Indrajit Banerjee, UNESCO 

 Remote Moderator: Cedric Wachholz, UNESCO

 Rapporteur: Xianhong Hu, UNESCO


Ms. Divina Frau-Meigs, Universite la Sorbonne, France 

Mr. Sunil Abraham, Center for Internet and Society 

Ms. Lillian Nalwoga, Internet Society (ISOC) Uganda 

Mr. William Hudson, Google 
Mr. Barbora Bukovska, Article 19
Ms. Rebecca MacKinnon, Ranking Digital Rights
Mr. Guy Berger, UNESCO Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development


Preparation  meeting with panelists, 15 mins before the session

5’ Opening remarks from the Chair 

Remarks by panelists


Presentation by Ms. Divina Frau-Meigs, Universite la Sorbonne, France


Mr. Sunil Abraham, Center for Internet and Society


Ms. Lillian Nalwoga,  Internet Society (ISOC) Uganda


Mr. William Hudson, Google


Ms. Barbora Bukovska, Article 19


Ms. Rebecca MacKinnon, Ranking Digital Rights


Mr. Guy Berger, UNESCO Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development

Open floor to other stakeholders at present




Session Organizers
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Xianhong Hu

Ms Xianhong Hu, joined UNESCO in the Communication and Information Sector since 2006. Her main responsibilities are in the areas of freedom of expression online and offline, Internet privacy, media development and Internet governance and she has followed the process of the World... Read More →

Tuesday December 6, 2016 12:00 - 13:30
Workshop Room 5 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico

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