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Child Protection Online in the New MiLE - The Grave New Threats, Challenges & Possible Solutions for Africa and The World.


Dr Moctar Yedaly
African Union Commission, Head of Information Society

African Union Commission, Head of Information Society, Department

Sheri Falco
IFFOR, Board of Directors

Ms. Falco serves as the Board Chair of The International Foundation for Online Responsibility (IFFOR). IFFOR is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing policies that help global internet users, domain name holders and registry operators address such issues as parental controls; accurate domain registration information; child abuse imagery; and privacy and consumer right. IFFOR is currently developing educational materials aimed at providing teachers, parents and children with pragmatic and effective tools to understand and address online sexual content and activity. Ms. Falco has presented consumer protection and best practices information regarding new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) to various audiences including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the International Trademark Association (INTA). The self-regulation policies and rights protection mechanisms that she has helped develop and implement have been highlighted during a Congressional hearing on new gTLDs as "smart and innovative”

Magdalena Gaj
TRA of Poland, President

Magdalena Gaj – President, National Regulatory Authority Office of Electronic Communications, PolandMagdalena Gaj is a qualified lawyer specialising in telecommunications law, new technologies and corporate law. She started her career in 1998 and worked as attorney in law firm providing legal services for corporate clients. Since 2012 she has been the President of Polish Regulatory Authority. She was the Deputy Minister for three and a half years and was responsible for telecommunications in Poland. As Deputy Minister she was entrusted with key projects in Poland such as adoption of legal acts facilitating investment in telecommunications infrastructure and abolishing legal and administrative barriers; switchover process to digital terrestrial television; digital capacity building. Thanks to her efforts Poland became member of ITU Council in 2010. She also lead a successful campaign for Poland during the elections in 2014. Poland was re-elected to the Council and Magdalena Gaj was the first woman to campaign for the position of ITU Deputy Secretary General. She is very active on international forum. She organised and chaired GSR 13. She was also a chair of WSIS Forum 2015. She is interested in smart solutions to overcome digital exclusion. She wants to promote and empower girls and women in ICT sector and she fights for protection of children online.

Child Protection Online in the New MiLE -  The Grave New Threats, Challenges & Possible Solutions for Africa and The World.

The seismic change to the global internet has given birth of a new Internet that raises concerns on new critical issues in relation to child protection online with many new challenges and questions in this space that need addressing such as::

1-Technical issues: will traditional keywords filtering on child sexual abuse materials be sufficient in the new internet and the new range of languages of the new Multilingual Internet. If not, what needs to be developed

2-Will current blocking lists compiled by local and international law enforcements/ISPs be sufficient to tackle the challenges of more than a hundred IDN gTLDs? If not, what needs to be updated?  

3- How can local communities’ stakeholders be turned motivated & proactive in safe guarding their local internet and its content for a safe online experience for children?

4- How can the functionalities of reporting hotlines on child sexual abuse materials be updated to reflect the newer needs and challenges of  the new internet (both in terms of report collection and their analysis.

5- The new Internet will create new virtual markets and locations, new audience, but will also create new potential child victims as new avenues for interacting with children emerge - How can stakeholders prepare to mitigate these new challenges that will increase the possibilities of local child sex offenders on the new Internet reaching out to children who can speak and understand their local language. How can jurisdictional law enforcements be improved?

6-  How to turn unsuspecting unaware local stakeholders from becoming prospective victims to empowered ready and enabled stakeholders in the new Multilingual Internet?

7-  Key points to discuss , debate , share best practice experiences and conclude with a recommendations on moving forward on how to safe guard children online in the new Multilingual Internet.