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Civil rights and freedoms

The digital environment provides unique opportunities for children to realize the right to access to information and freedom of expression. The digital environment can enable children to form their social, religious, cultural, ethnic, sexual and political identities and to participate in associated communities and in public spaces for deliberation, cultural exchange, social cohesion and diversity.

The fulfilment of these rights must be ensured and the right of the child to freedom of thought, conscience and religion in the digital environment must be respected. Privacy is vital to children’s agency, dignity and safety and for the exercise of their rights.

Children’s personal data are processed to offer educational, health and other benefits to them. Therefore, it must be ensured by legislative, administrative and other measures that children’s privacy is respected and protected by all organizations and in all environments that process their data.

By use of digital identification systems that enable all newborn children to have their birth registered and officially recognized by the national authorities, access to services, including health, education and welfare shall be facilitated.


  • Visualisierung von Anja Riese

    Countering sexual violence against children and young people

    Jutta Croll, SDC, SDC

    Berlin, 27 and 28 June: summer conference of the National Council, it's hot outside, pleasantly cool in the new conference centre and there could be an association of lightness if it weren't for the heavy topics on the agenda.

  • Ansicht: Kinderrechte im Global Digital Compact berücksichtigen

    Considering children's rights in the Global Digital Compact

    Torsten Krause, SDC

    The United Nations is working on defining a Global Digital Compact. This is to be adopted in September 2024 at the Summit for the Future as part of the Our Common Agenda. The Global Digital Compact is intended to jointly determine the basic principles for shaping the digital environment.

  • Ansicht: Metaversum kinderrechtlich gestalten und regulieren

    Shaping and regulating the metaverse in accordance with children's rights

    Torsten Krause, SDC

    The European Commission is continuing to prepare the market environment for virtual worlds and artificial intelligence.

  • Ansicht: Regulierung kann Vertrauen in Technologie stärken

    Regulation could strengthen trust in technology

    Torsten Krause, SDC

    After three days of intensive discussion and exchange, this year's edition of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) concluded in Vilnius (Lithuania) on 19 June. At the closing event, the messages of the conference were discussed with regard to political projects within the European Union, the digitalisation of administrations and the use of citizens' data, artificial intelligence and against the backdrop of ongoing discussions on the Global Digital Compact. As soon as they are published, they will also be available here.

  • Ansicht: Online-Kinderschutz durch Regulierung und Innovation befördern

    Promoting online child protection through regulation and innovation

    Torsten Krause, SDC

    On the second day of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) in Vilnius, Lithuania, the participants discussed on-site and remote how users of digital services can be protected from possible attacks or harmful content.

Scientific studies

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