APrIGF 2023 Session Proposal Submission Form
Part 1 - Lead Organizer
Contact Person
Ms. Ananya Singh
Organization / Affiliation (Please state "Individual" if appropriate) *
USAID Digital Youth Council
Youth Advisor to USAID Digital Youth Council
Economy of Residence
Primary Stakeholder Group
Youth / Students
List Your Organizing Partners (if any)
Connie Siu - Youth Envoy to ITU -
Part 2 - Session Proposal
Session Title
Co-creating Digital Future for Children: An Intergenerational, Multistakeholder Dialogue on Children's Data Protection
Session Format
Panel Discussion
Where do you plan to organize your session?
Online only (with onsite facilitator who will help with questions or comments from the floor)
Specific Issues for Discussion
The original design of most digital technologies did not anticipate the use of these technologies by children. But now, even before children are born, their data finds its way to the world. From ultrasound images to baby cameras, from social media to search engines, from email address to IP address, human beings may come and go but their digital footprint is here to stay. Although massive amounts of data are increasingly being collected about everyone, children’s data needs our special attention. The main difference between general data governance and children’s data governance is that children may be less aware of the risks, consequences, and safeguards concerned with and their rights in relation to the processing of personal data. They cannot effectively advance and advocate on their own behalf owing to their age and capacity. They are less suited than adults to provide meaningful consent for the collection and use of their data because technology companies are not known for explaining their terms and conditions of data collection in an uncomplicated, jargon-free, child-friendly language and/or in local languages.
Children need to be afforded the agency to define who they are for themselves, without having their future pathways predetermined or their learning styles unduly narrowed down by algorithms. Given that children’s rights are afforded extra protections under international human rights laws such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and that children’s data has the potential to support the research, development, and provisions of services for child development, the panel will answer the following policy question: How can we involve children as active partners in the development of data governance policies and integrate their evolving capabilities, real-life experiences, and perceptions of the digital world to ensure greater intergenerational justice in laws & policies?
Describe the Relevance of Your Session to APrIGF
The workshop acknowledges that digital technologies were not initially intended for use by and for children. But emerging technologies are increasingly being used to capture, store, and process children’s data. From ultrasound images, baby monitors, sensor-enabled toys, EdTech, gaming videos, social media, messaging apps to governmental use of biometric technology in birth registration, school records, health tracking systems, and national ID systems, children’s data are being collected every second as we speak. Infact governments in the APAC region take special pride in their usage of emerging technologies to digitally offer services. As internet penetration and the number of children using the internet in the APAC region are set to be speedily furthered in the next decade, the workshop will inspire conversation on the current challenges concerning children's data governance in the Asia-Pacific region and explore its readiness to address complex implications of children’s data exploitation.
This workshop focuses on the sub-theme of 'trust' as it emphasizes the need to protect children's data and privacy in the digital world by exposing the power imbalance between data-collecting institutions and vulnerable children, and highlighting the risks of exploitation and breach of privacy. It takes the discourse on children’s online safety beyond the usual cyberbullying and internet addiction, and calls for attention to the need for more transparency and accountability in processing children’s personal data. Speakers will deliberate on existing policies on child data governance in AP region, identify the gaps, assess the technical aspects of child data capture, storage, and use, cite case studies and real-life examples of children’s data collection and breach of privacy, enlist any applicable international children’s rights principles, standards, and conventions, and recommend how children’s trust and interests can be prioritised in the digital arena.
Methodology / Agenda (Please add rows by clicking "+" on the right)
Time frame (e.g. 5 minutes, 20 minutes, should add up to 60 minutes) Description
3 minutes Session introduction
5 minutes (1 minute for each speaker) Speakers’ self introduction
32 minutes (8 minutes for each speaker) Moderator to Speakers - High level questions posed to each speaker
10 minutes Audience to Speaker (Interaction with audience)
5 minutes (1 minute for each speaker) Speakers’ policy recommendations (each speaker gives one policy recommendation)
5 minutes Summary & Conclusion by Moderator
Moderators & Speakers Info (Please complete where possible)
  • Moderator (Primary)

    • Name: Connie Siu
    • Organization: ITU
    • Designation: Youth Envoy
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Hong Kong
    • Stakeholder Group: Youth / Students
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only):
  • Moderator (Facilitator)

    • Stakeholder Group: Select One
    • Expected Presence: Select One
    • Status of Confirmation: Select One
  • Speaker 1

    • Name: Ananya Singh
    • Organization: USAID Digital Youth Council
    • Designation: Youth Advisor
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: India
    • Stakeholder Group: Government
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only):
  • Speaker 2

    • Name: Pavel Farhan
    • Organization: intERLab, AIT
    • Designation: Program Officer
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Thailand
    • Stakeholder Group: Technical Community
    • Expected Presence: Online
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only):
  • Speaker 3

    • Name: Namra Naseer
    • Organization: McKinsey & Company
    • Designation: Fellow Forward Program
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Pakistan
    • Stakeholder Group: Private Sector
    • Expected Presence: Online
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only):
  • Speaker 4

    • Name: Aris Ignacio
    • Organization: College of Information Technology and Engineering at Southville International School and Colleges
    • Designation: Dean
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Philippines
    • Stakeholder Group: Academia
    • Expected Presence: Online
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only):
Please explain the rationale for choosing each of the above contributors to the session.
Aris Ignacio, a seasoned speaker, excels in Internet governance, digital literacy, and youth advocacy - ideal for the workshop. He's fostered college and university student involvement in Asia-Pacific Internet governance events. He promotes boosting digital literacy in underdeveloped schools by training and donating, while advocating for children's involvement in creating digital identities and data governance. Aris Ignacio held various roles in ISOC Philippines Chapter and ICANN, and was an APSIG attendee and IGF Ambassador in 2017. Aris Ignacio is an expert in Internet and data governance with a background in tech fields. He is a valuable workshop speaker on digital literacy and youth advocacy.

Namra Naseer is an expert in policy research and advocacy, with a focus on politics and technology. She is a skilled advocate for Pakistan's foreign and domestic policy, and will be speaking at the workshop on data governance policies for children's rights. Namra's policymaking and stakeholder engagement provide insights for children's data governance. Expertise in tech, digital literacy, hate speech, climate change, and the digital divide show their knowledge of children's digital experiences. Namra is a skilled speaker with policy research and advocacy expertise, community engagement, and conference moderation abilities.

Ananya is, at present, the Youth Advisor to USAID’s Digital Youth Council. She was the Moderator for USAID's session on "Voices of Youth as Partners of Digital Development" at the Global Digital Development Forum 2023 and was one of the panelists for USAID’s Virtual Symposium on Protecting Children and the Youth from Digital Harms in 2022. She has been a NextGen@ICANN64, Ambassador for ICANN68 & ICANN69, and a Fellow & Rapporteur for ICANN76. The workshop covers kids' data governance policies in line with her proficiency in digital safety and kids' rights advocacy. An experienced youth advisor and advocate for children's rights, she is the perfect speaker for the session focused on children's voices in digital development and data governance policies.

Pavel Farhan is an expert in internet governance and focuses on ICT4D and inclusive internet access. He has been involved in the field since 2019 and has received conference fellowships. With an ICT master's degree from AIT, Pavel is a credible speaker. He advocates for an inclusive internet and emphasizes youth involvement in data governance policies, making him highly relevant to the children's data governance workshop. Pavel's experience with youth organizations shows he's well-suited to speak about digital rights at the workshop. He is well-suited to discuss children's data governance and involving children in policy development due to his experience in internet governance, advocacy for inclusive internet access, and work with youth or
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