IGF 2023 Open Forum #58 Child online safety: Industry engagement and regulation

Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (09:00 UTC) - Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (10:00 UTC)
Room C-1

Child Online Safety

Panel - 60 Min


Tech companies are vital stakeholders in protecting children from online child sexual exploitation and abuse, even if they are not directly involved in perpetuating such acts. The Committee on the Rights of the Child has recommended that governments require ‘all businesses that affect children’s rights in relation to the digital environment to implement regulatory frameworks, industry codes and terms of services that adhere to the highest standards of ethics, privacy and safety in relation to the design, engineering, development, operation, distribution and marketing of their products and services’. This session, facilitated by UNICEF, will explore different models of industry engagement and regulation to address online child sexual abuse and exploitation. The session will feature expert speakers from three different countries: Australia, Ghana and Japan. The Japanese Internet Content Safety Association will share their pioneering initiative, established in 2011, which filters and blocks child sexual abuse material. Australia’s eSafety Commissioner will discuss their range of regulatory tools to drive proactive and systemic change, including industry codes/standards and mandatory transparency measures. The Commissioner also has powers to take action against child sexual abuse material hosted in Australia or abroad. Ghana’s Cyber Security Authority will provide insights into their notice and takedown procedure introduced in the 2020 Cybersecurity Act. The session will include a moderated discussion to encourage participation from both the online and onsite audience. This interactive panel aims to foster collaboration and the exchange of ideas, experiences, and innovative strategies to combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Online speakers (presented on a screen on stage) will be afforded a chance to speak and answer questions by the moderator, treated as if they were in the room. An online moderator will monitor chat and questions to ensure participation from online attendees. AV arrangements will include a screen behind panelists to ensure online speakers are visible to onsite participants. A live stream of the stage will also be available. We can include an online platform to easily facilitate questions from the online audience as well as the opportunity to express (anonymous) impressions about the presentations (i.e. a form of live-tweeting) which will also be read out by the onsite moderator.


Afrooz Kaviani Johnson, UNICEF, HQ (New York) Josianne Galea Baron, UNICEF, HQ (Geneva)


Mr Toshiaki Tateishi, Internet Content Safety Association, Japan Ms Julie Inman Grant, eSafety Commissioner, Australia Mr Tatsuya Suzuki, Children and Families Agency of Japan Dr Albert Antwi-Boasiako, Director-General, Cyber Security Authority Republic of Ghana (online)

Onsite Moderator

Josianne Galea Baron, UNICEF

Online Moderator

Afrooz Kaviani Johnson, UNICEF


Afrooz Kaviani Johnson, UNICEF



Targets: Implementation of regulatory frameworks, industry codes and terms of service can contribute towards creating a safer online environment for children, particularly girls. This aligns with SDG 5.2, which aims to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls and SDG 16.2 which seeks to end all forms of child abuse, exploitation and trafficking. By collaborating with regulators, governments, and stakeholders, the tech industry can participate in shaping policies and regulations that prioritize child online safety and foster a collective approach to addressing this issue in line with SDG 16.7, which focuses on ensuring responsive, inclusive, participatory, and representative decision-making at all levels. Additionally, industry engagement aligns with SDG 17.6 which emphasizes the importance of enhancing global partnerships for sustainable development.

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