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A Trusted Internet Through the Eyes of Youth

Internet Society (ISOC)

The Internet's full potential can only be realized if governments, people and businesses trust the Internet, and have confidence that they can use it for safe, reliable, private communications. With the Internet¹s rapid growth, transforming almost all aspects of our economic and social lives, new challenges have emerged that are directly related to trust in the Internet. Trust is identified by many stakeholders as one of the most important topics for the Internet's sustainable development. This workshop will take the dialogue to the users, and more importantly the future users by inviting young people with diverse backgrounds to provide their perspectives on trust.
The way people view trust is fundamentally related to their perceptions and expectations, which in the context of the Internet can be relevant to many different issues, e.g. data management, use of online identities or reliable communications. However, the goal of this workshop is not to single out one particular issue, but rather to explore how trust can encompass different processes, be valued differently by different users and what elements are needed to establish trust.
Together with the young panel, the workshop will explore some of the following questions:
What does “trust”mean for young Internet users?
How would you describe“trust”?
What do you think makes the Internet “trusted”?
How is your behaviour online affected by trust in the Internet? How is the behaviour of your peers affected?
What are the potential implications?
What are the future challenges for a trusted Internet?
How can we address those challenges?

Building on this dialogue, the workshop will incorporate views from lead discussants representing some of the main institutions of the public and private sector that are actively involved in promoting trust online.


Carl Gahnberg, Policy Advisor, ISOC

Speakers / panellists
  • Ana Kakalashvili (Georgia), is a LL.M. Student at the University of Cologne, writing her Masters thesis on “Information Theft and economical frauds on Internet”. She is currently acting as an organizer of the inaugural Georgian National IGF.
  • Nicolas Savoy (Switzerland), Master student in Legal Issues, Crime and Security of Information Technologies at University of Lausanne.
  • Poornima Meegammana (Sri Lanka), film maker,designer and founder of Respect Girls on the net Project,which campaigns to protect women and girls from harassment online. She is also the Director of Youth Development at Shilpa Sayura Foundation. Currently she is following a BA in Motion Graphics & Animation from Northumbria university at Aod international design campus . 
  • Hervé Chevalley, (Switzerland), is a Master student in Legal Issues, crime and security of Information and Communication Technologies in the University of Lausanne, and semi-finalist in the "Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge", a cybersecurity competition organised by the Atlantic Council and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).
  • Adela Goberna (Argentina) is a laywer, graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, who specializes in law of economics and Internet Governance. She is also Chair of the Youth SIG, an Internet Society's organization that seeks for the development of young people in the Internet ecosystem.

Lead discussants

  • Jasmina Byrne, Senior Researcher, UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti
  • Kerry-Ann Barrett, Cyber Security Program Manager, Organization of American States (OAS)
  • Justin Caso, Technology Policy and International Affairs Advisor, (IEEE)
  • Joyce Dogniez, Director of Chapters (ISOC) 


Link to WSIS Action Lines
  • C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
  • C8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content

The session will investigate different perspectives of a trusted Internet from the perspective of young people with diverse backgrounds, and is directly linked to AL C5. What is the trusted Internet to a young girl in Sri Lanka or a young person in Berlin? Does it differ, and if so why? 

Link to the Sustainable Development Process
  • Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

A trusted Internet will be a key enabler to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and support progress towards all of its seventeen goals. A trusted Internet is key to utilize the full benefits of the Internet's capacity for human empowerement - not least as a bridge for social, economic and gender divides.  

Session 151
  • Friday, 09:00 – 10:45
  • Room C2, ITU Tower
  • Thematic Workshop

WSIS Forum 2016 | WSIS Action Lines: Supporting the Implementation of SDGs
2–6 May 2016, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Place des Nations, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland