Six years RIGHTS Click The program will require the voices of children and young people to be heard by policy makers and technology companies
Today, Amnesty International and Botnaro Foundation launches a six – year program to enable children and young people to work together to develop online platforms and other digital technologies to protect their rights and health and well – being.
While the widely accepted digital technology can play an important role in connecting and empowering young people, their rights remain unprotected due to significant shortcomings in the design, regulation and use of technology.
Children and young people around the world are exposed to data collection, online bullying, online abuse and exposure to open content. However, technology leaders and governments are not currently defending children’s rights online as they would in the physical world. In addition, there is a serious lack of data and evidence on how regulatory gaps affect their lives, including how it can exacerbate inequalities.
This partnership will ensure that the most pressing issues for children and young people are at the forefront and center, as we envision a world in which cyberspace and digital technologies are safe, supportive spaces that allow them to fully exercise their human rights.
Rajat Khosla, Senior Director, Research, Promotion and Policy, Amnesty International
As the first ‘digital generation’, many children and young people use digital technologies as part of their daily lives – for education, business, work and leisure. However, other children and young people are left behind due to a lack of access to technology, poverty or a lack of infrastructure. Therefore, the lack of equal access to technology exacerbates existing inequalities and limits progress towards the UN 2030 target. sustainable development goals.
Amnesty International and the Fondation Botnar believe that urgent action is needed, and that their joint program RIGHTS Click, Children and Youth Digital Rights, Health and Welfare – was created to address these challenges.
Senior Director of Research, Advocacy and Policy at Amnesty International, Rajat Khosla said: “Although the digital rights of children and young people have become increasingly important in the last few years, today’s campaigns are still dominated by adults talking to adults about issues that affect children and young people. That needs to change. This partnership will ensure that the most pressing issues for children and young people are at the forefront and center, as we envision a world in which cyberspace and digital technologies are safe, supportive spaces that allow them to fully exercise their human rights. “
Director General of Fondation Botnar dr. Stefan Germann commented: “Fondation Botnar believes that the only way to create a healthy, safe and youth-friendly online environment is to ensure that they can define and create it. For the first time, our partnership will give young people the opportunity to play a leading role in shaping the digital future that they want to see, which respects human rights.
In the first phase of the program, research will be conducted to better understand the challenges and provide evidence-based policy recommendations. This will culminate in a study report analyzing the impact of artificial intelligence, big data systems and surveillance on the health and well-being of young people and their human rights.
For the first time, our partnership will give young people the opportunity to play a leading role in shaping the digital future that they want to see, which respects human rights.
Dr. Stefan Germann, CEO of Fondation Botnar
Based on the evidence gathered, the second phase will aim to raise the awareness of children and young people about digital risks. This will create a global movement that will drive change and ensure that governments and technology companies hear the prospects of young people. The program will be active in several different geographies and will combine global work with national-level insights and strategies. In the first phase, the starting countries are Argentina, Kenya, the Philippines and Ukraine, and in the second phase, other target countries will be selected.
The program encourages governments and technology companies to support the health and well-being of young people online. It aims to hold governments accountable for the rights of children and young people, and Big Tech, such as Meta and Twitter, through the Amnesty Silicon Valley initiative.
The program will be determined by the perspectives of children and youth, who will shape each stage of the Program in all its diversity.
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