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Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Internet Platforms, Sexual Content, & Child Protection
May 23, 2019 All day
How can Internet platforms protect children from abuse, while preserving space for legitimate sexual expression and discussion online, and minimizing risk? This full-day workshop will bring together platform and stakeholder representatives in a private expert-led seminar and open discussion about best practices to protect children without infringing the human rights of children or others.By facilitating a dialogue with experts and stakeholders who are normally excluded from the development of child protection policies by Internet platforms, industry participants will learn how to make these policies more evidence-informed, and more compliant with human rights standards. The result will be improved accuracy in the moderation of sexual content: removing more material that is harmful to children and has no protected expressive value, and less material such as lawful, accurate information on child sexual abuse prevention.
Platforms of all sizes need to be empowered to be made more effective contributors towards child sexual abuse prevention, through a more nuanced and better-informed approach towards content moderation and censorship.
This new sex-positive approach provides another necessary avenue through which we can continue to work together to address, and ultimately prevent, child sexual abuse.
Oftentimes, policies that sound sensible in principle wind up perpetuating the very harms that are sought to be extinguished. Input from varied perspectives is essential to diminishing this risk.