The Berkman Center for Internet & Society and UNICEF will co-host an international symposium on children, youth, and digital media at Harvard University on April 28-30, 2014, to map and explore the global state of relevant research and practice, share and discuss insights and ideas from the developing and industrialized world, and encourage collaboration between participants across regions and continents.
With a particular focus on voices and issues from the Global South, the symposium will address both challenges and opportunities children and youth face in the digital environment, including (but not limited to) issues such as inequitable access, risks to safety and privacy, skills and digital literacy, and spaces for participation and civic engagement and innovation.
Bringing together 150 academics, practitioners, young people, activists, philanthropists, government officials, and representatives of technology companies from around the globe, this highly participatory and interactive event builds upon a multi-year collaboration between the Berkman Center’s Youth and Media project and UNICEF.
The symposium contributes to UNICEF’s 2014 State of the World’s Children thought-leader series, which assembles experts to discuss—twenty five years after the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)—novel ways to close the gaps that persist in children’s development and well-being.
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