IGF 2022 WS #523 Youthful approach at data protection in messaging apps

Tuesday, 29th November, 2022 (10:15 UTC) - Tuesday, 29th November, 2022 (11:45 UTC)
Banquet Hall A

Organizer 1: João Moreno Falcão, Intelliway Tecnologia
Organizer 2: Nicolas Fiumarelli, Youth IGF Uruguay

Speaker 1: Sávyo Vinícius de Morais, Government, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 2: Joshua Ayayi, Civil Society, African Group
Speaker 3: João Moreno Falcão, Private Sector, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 4: Idil Kula, Civil Society, Eastern European Group


Nicolas Fiumarelli, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Online Moderator

Osei Manu Kagyah, Civil Society, African Group


Mauricia Cindy Abdol Tshilunda, Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization


Debate - Classroom - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

What are the main different ways that the applications deal with the content of chats, what are the current challenges to face in the near future? What are the different policies around the globe regarding regulation for data protection purposes? Is there any accountability issue regarding chat messaging services specifically? Are quantum-computing achievements a threat for messaging apps? What are the links with the Global digital compact principles.

Connection with previous Messages: 8) Trust, security and stability: “The dialogue on industry security standards” is related with security standards of chat messaging apps and is also related with cyber norms and privacy-by-design. “core basic principles such as openness and decentralization that have made the success of the Internet” need to be assured.



Targets: The 16.6, 16.7, and 16.10 SDGs are related to how the Internet phenomenon sprouted in everyday life without measurements and prognostics to avoid future harm. Discussing messaging apps comes "on-demand" meaning that when a problem becomes unavoidable - like privacy-related scandals or challenges when enforcing the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in the digital world - then action against the problems is taken; even though such incident was already alerted by specialists in the matter. Institutions also aren't often transparent about the damage that social media can cause to each individual and mostly don't have a dedicated department over users' health. Our group strives to implement preemptive measures regarding the safety of every app use, starting by reaching that user. We aim to inform independent participants, political and social leaders visiting our panel so that they raise awareness through their social media, with their organization, and social groups, changing this problematic scenario. 5.b represents our effort to put women in the vanguard of these awareness groups and try to reach women who have power over how social media is made, like influencers and company staff. Also, to alert parents on how their girls can be affected by unsafe navigation, and what kind of navigation can be dangerous to their infants.


During the last decade the world had a connectivity boost and one of the main impacted groups were young individuals. For the first time in history we have a massive amount of kids and teenagers exchanging messages across borders through the Internet. The aim of the session is to have a youth-youth conversation about the main policy issues of nowadays current chat messaging platforms used by the majority of teenagers and youth populations like TikTok, WhatsApp, Instagram, among others. The session will begin with a questions to the panelists, referring to the implications of messaging apps usage in different contexts such as the impact on privacy related to the infrastructure of messaging apps systems, and also how to ensure the application of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Then, the session will turn a discussion about law enforcement and other public policies regarding these platforms in a conversation with high-level youth experts in the field, from both technical and regulatory background taken into account the outlined principles in The Global Digital Compact for an open, free and secure digital future for all. In the last 20 minutes, we will collect opinions from the audience via a Mentimeter exercise.

Expected Outcomes

The rapporteur will collect the key findings and experiences from the panelists in order to prepare a report of the session that could highlight the main direction to preserve protection of private-messages and content between individuals and especially young people globally with a focus on open-source platforms.

Hybrid Format: To improve online participation, we will work with the methodology of alternating questions between online and onsite participants. With the objective of enriching our final document, we will utilize Mentimeter platform to collect feedback about what was discussed and also receive new inputs from the audience. The usage of this platform fully includes online participants, since it moves all, onsite and online participants, to the same online platform with no distinction between them.

Online Participation


Usage of IGF Official Tool.