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Monday, April 28
Tuesday, April 29
Wednesday, April 30

Sunday, April 27

6:00 PM

Informal Meet & Greet

John Harvard’s Brew House

33 Dunster St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Monday, April 28

8:30 AM


Harvard Law School
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East Rooms (2nd Floor)
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138


Welcome and Opening Remarks

Martha Minow, Dean, Harvard Law School

Sharad Sapra, Principal Advisor on Innovation, UNICEF


Agenda Overview

Urs Gasser, Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Gerrit Beger, UNICEF


Interactive Opening Session

Creating A Map Of Challenges And Opportunities Related To Children, Youth, And Digital Media Around The Globe

Utilizing the pre-meeting inputs from participants, the symposium will begin with an informal and interactive exercise for participants to get to know each other. Additionally, and using simple interactive tools, teams of attendees will aim to build upon, cluster, and prioritize key challenges and opportunities related to children, youth, and digital technologies around the globe, and work together to create a map of the current state of play.


Sandra Cortesi, Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Chisenga Muyoya, Asikana Network



Harvard Law School

Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East Rooms (2nd Floor)


What do we know about children, youth, and the use of digital technologies from a national, regional, and global perspective? What is the state of research and practice, and where are the knowledge gaps? What are common findings and experiences across cultures and countries, where do we see differences, and why? Participants will present insights from large- and small-scale research projects, but also share stories of success, failure, and lessons from practice, in order to build a common foundation and work towards a global knowledge base.

11:00-12:15 Keynote:Researching Children’s Rights in the Digital Age: The Challenges of a Global ApproachSonia Livingstone, EU Kids OnlineDiscussants:Nishant Shah, Centre for Internet & Society
Maria Herczog, Committee on the Rights of the Child
Alexandre Barbosa, TIC KidsModerator:
Amanda Lenhart, Pew Research Center

Lunch and Cluster Meetings

Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East Rooms (2nd Floor)

Participants will meet over lunch in pre-assigned clusters of 8 people. These teams, which will persist throughout the symposium, will bring together individuals from around the world and be assigned opportunities for brainstorming, share ideas and information, and channel inputs back to the larger group. During this first meeting, clusters team members will gather, introduce themselves, share information, and reflect on the morning session.


Poster Session & Project Exhibition

Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West Rooms (2nd Floor)

The poster session offers participants a space to showcase highlights of their own work and progress.


Breakout Sessions

Wasserstein Hall, Seminar Rooms (3rd Floor)

Participants will engage in breakout group discussions led by two co-moderators to discuss the global state of knowledge, as well as open questions, in a number of key areas ranging from methodological to substantive issues.

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  • Breakout 1: Priority Research Problems in the Global SouthCo-Moderators:
    • John Carr, ECPAT
    • Gati Gayatri, Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology

    Wasserstein Hall, Seminar Room 3008 (3rd Floor)

  • Breakout 2: Policy Drivers for ResearchCo-Moderators:
    • Maria Herczog, Committee on the Rights of the Child
    • Amar Ashar, Berkman Center for Internet & Society

    Wasserstein Hall, Seminar Room 3011 (3rd Floor)

  • Breakout 3: Methodological ChallengesCo-Moderators:
    • Monica Bulger, Oxford Internet Institute
    • Kate Pawelczyk, UNICEF

    Wasserstein Hall, Seminar Room 3012 (3rd Floor)

  • Breakout 4: Researching Identity and PrivacyCo-Moderators:
    • Mary Madden, Pew Research Center
    • Jorge Flores Fernández, Pantallas Amigas

    Wasserstein Hall, Seminar Room 3015 (3rd Floor)

  • Breakout 5: Researching Youth in Communities Affected by Violence and Discrimination

    • Sandra Cortesi, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
    • Patrick Burton, Centre for Justice & Crime Prevention

    Wasserstein Hall, Seminar Room 3034 (3rd Floor)

  • Breakout 6: Researching Participation and Civic EngagementCo-Moderators:
    • Baohua Zhou, Fudan University
    • Eric Gordon, Engagement Game Lab Emerson University

    Wasserstein Hall, Seminar Room 3036 (3rd Floor)

  • Breakout 7: Skills, Digital Literacy, and Cultures of LearningCo-Moderators:
    • Rey Junco, Purdue University
    • Chido Onumah, African Centre for Media & Information Literacy

    Wasserstein Hall, Seminar Room 3038 (3rd Floor)



Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East Rooms (2nd Floor)
3:30-4:45 Keynote:Using ICTs to Support Child- and Youth-Related Development Work: Collective Learning From Practice and Remaining Research Needs

Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B (2nd Floor)


Dorothea Kleine, Royal Holloway


Gurumurthy Kasinathan, IT for Change

Chris Fabian, UNICEF

Chisenga Muyoya, Asikana Network


Gerrit Beger, UNICEF

4:45-5:45 Moderated Plenary:Inequality and Marginality: Recognizing Cultural Variation in the Inclusion of Children and Youth Online and in Wider Educational/Welfare Provision.Kursat Cagiltay, Middle East Technical University
Indra de Lanerolle, University of the Witwatersrand
Maria Mor, Trust For Américas
Jack Qiu, Chinese University of Hong KongModerator:
Nishant Shah, Centre for Internet & Society
5:45-6:30 Cluster Meetings & Discussion:During this cluster meeting, participants are asked to reflect on the first day. Are the issues identified an accurate representation of the state of play in various regions of the world? Were perspectives appropriately conveyed, or are there key gaps or challenges? Where are the opportunities for collaboration, communication, and synergy?
Please feel free to use open space in Wasserstein Hall.


Harvard Law School Pub
Wasserstein Hall (1st Floor)

Food for Thought Dinners

Food for Thought dinners allow conference attendees to engage in informal, themed conversation with other conference participants. Each Food for Thought dinner has a host suggests a topic of conversation (and we welcome you to suggest and organize more than what is currently listed). Other conference attendees are encouraged to sign up for dinners to attend. Dinners are limited to eight people, including the host. We’ve made the reservations, all you have to do is show up and enjoy! Please note that attendees will pay their own dinner costs.

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Tuesday, April 29

8:30 AM

Breakfast Bazaar

Harvard Law School
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West Rooms (2nd Floor)
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

The poster session and project exhibition continues.


Welcome Address

Harvard Law School
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East Rooms (2nd Floor)

Urs Gasser & Sandra Cortesi

Berkman Center for Internet & Society


Lightning Talk

Isaac Mao, Social Brain Foundation


What can we learn from each other about the design of interfaces between researchers and other stakeholders in the field? In particular, what are our experiences with evidence-based policy-making across cultures and regions? How can the research community be more receptive to the needs of core constituencies, such as decision-makers? What are points of intervention and tools in our collective toolbox to improve the status quo? Utilizing the diverse perspectives of the participants and informed by reports from different countries, we will identify some of the most pressing challenges and nascent opportunities at the national, regional, and global level.


Input Statement

Urs Gasser, Berkman Center


Moderated Roundtables (Breakouts)

A series of breakout sessions will focus on specific policy issues related to youth and digital media. Participants will share and discuss challenges and opportunities at the intersection of research, activism, and policy-making (both in the private and public sector). Each moderated session begins with two brief (3-4 minute) kick-off statements from invited participants.

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  • Round Table 1: Risky Behaviors and Safety
    • Moderator: Mia Doces, Committee for Children
    • Kick off statement #1: Lionel Brossi, University of Chile
    • Kick off statement #2: Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute

    Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East A (2nd Floor)

  • Round Table 2: Privacy and Reputation
    • Moderator: Djordje Krivokapic, University of Belgrade
    • Kick off statement #1: Andreas Karsten,
    • Kick off statement #2: Juniper Downs, Google

    Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B (2nd Floor)

  • Round Table 3: Ownership, Access, Use, and Agency
    • Moderator: Aleph Molinari, Fundación ProAcceso
    • Kick off statement #1: Maria Mor, Trust For Américas
    • Kick off statement #2: Cherie Rivers Ndaliko, Yole!Africa

    Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C (2nd Floor)

  • Round Table 4: Participation and Civic Engagement
    • Moderator: Tim Davies, University of Southampton
    • Kick off statement #1: Gameli Adzaho, The Gamelian World Blog
    • Kick off statement #2: Andres Lombana-Bermudez, University of Texas

    Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West A (2nd Floor)

  • Round Table 5: Incorporating Technology in Formal and Informal Learning Settings
    • Moderator: John Palfrey, Phillips Academy
    • Kick off statement #1: Maletsabisa Molapo, University of Cape Town
    • Kick off statement #2: Allyson Knox, Microsoft

    Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West B (2nd Floor)

  • Round Table 6: Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
    • Moderator: Lukonga Lindunda, BongoHive
    • Kick off statement #1: Charlie Ruth Castro, Trazendental Apps
    • Kick off statement #2: Simeon Oriko, Jamlab

    Wasserstein Hall, Room 3018 (3rd Floor)

  • Round Table 7: Children, Youth, Digital Media, Health and Well-Being
    • Moderator: Claire McCarthy, Harvard Medical School
    • Kick off statement #1: Amanda Third, Young and Well CRC’s Research Program
    • Kick off statement #2: Yi-Ning (Katherine) Chen, National Chengchi University

    Wasserstein Hall, Room 3019 (3rd Floor)



Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East Rooms (2nd Floor)

11:30-12:45 Moderated Plenary:Experts, including practitioners, academics, and policymakers, who draw from their diverse regional experiences will share lessons learned about the interface (or lack thereof) between research and policy-making across different policy areas.Juan Cruz González Allonca, Dirección Nacional de Protección de Datos Personales, Ministerio de Justicia y Derechos Humanos
Mike Best, Georgia Tech
Jasmina Byrne, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre
Malavika Jayaram, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
David Sengeh, MIT Media Lab & Global MinimumModerator:
Colin Maclay, Harvard Business School

The MAKE Movement

Globally, youth are not only consuming media, art, and knowledge—they are making it as well. And the more they make, the more they discover, the more they are engaged with their communities and the wider world. The MAKE (Media Art Knowledge Engaged) project is an open-ended experiment in transnational, collaborative workshops that support and engage youth knowledge production. In this lightning presentation, project leaders will describe their work and invite participants to join them in a working lunch and tutorial session at 1pm.


Lunch and Tutorials

Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B (2nd Floor); Tutorials in Milstein East C


What are case studies, experiments, and initiatives that demonstrate the promise of digital technologies for children and youth? What are their limitations? What are powerful narratives, innovative youth-driven programs, and ideas for future engagement? What is the most innovative on-the-ground work informed by practice or research on youth and digital media? What can we learn from these stories? How do these success stories relate to failures? Leveraging the collective knowledge of the participants, the symposium will not only discuss findings from research and address policy issues, but explore experimental practices that look at research and the application of knowledge through novel methods, such as youth innovation labs, maker spaces, and digital hubs that are often led by young people who are taking part in hackathons, learning to code, and incubating ideas.



2:00-2:15 Lightning Talk:Social media and online communities to engage young digital citizensRene Silva, Voz Das Comunidades
2:15-3:30 Presentations & Discussion:Participants and speakers are invited to share and discuss experiences with initiatives aimed at equipping children and young people with digital skills. The session will highlight case studies and lessons learned from innovation labs, digital hubs, makers spaces, and other digital teaching and learning spaces.Andres Williamson Nasi, Microsoft
Akaliza Keza Gara, Shaking Sun
Jeffrey Hensley, ISOC
Sarah Holland, Google
Farah Pandith, Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy SchoolModerator:
Matthew Battles, Berkman Center for Internet & Society and metaLAB (at) Harvard
3:30-4:30 Cluster Meetings: In this final cluster meeting, participants will reflect on the insights from the second day of the symposium. Are there elements that should be discussed further, emphasized, or re-conceptualized? Prepare for remarks for the Closing Panel and Synthesis Session.

White Space / Side Meetings and MAKE Session

At the MAKE session in the exhibition space, symposium participants can gather with the young local artists who participated in the MAKE workshops. There will be opportunity for reflection and discussion, exploring the means by which youth can engage digital media in open-ended experiential learning and experimental art-making.

5:30-6:30 Closing Panel and Synthesis:In this final session, the moderator will call upon the cluster meeting rapporteurs to share insights from their teams and invite panelists to synthesize and reflect on some of the key insights from the symposium. The session aims to outline the contours of a global roadmap for future collaboration on research and practice around children, youth, and digital media.Co-Moderators:
Mary Madden, Pew Research Center
Tricia Wang, Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Informal Cocktail Conversations and Symposium Dinner

Loeb House, Harvard University

17 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Wednesday, April 30

8:30-10:00 AM

Food For Thought Breakfasts

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UNICEF Keynote

Harvard Law School
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East Rooms (2nd Floor)
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

Sharad Sapra, Principal Advisor on Innovation, UNICEF (TBC)


UNICEF Activate Talks [Webcast]

While the uptake of the Internet has been remarkable over the past two years, according to 2013 data from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) the percentage of individuals using the Internet in the developing world was only 30.7% – less than half of that in the developed world. Lack of access to digital tools is even more likely among highly vulnerable groups of children and youth — young children, females, children living with disabilities, out-of-school children, unaccompanied migrant children and many others — who also struggle to access information through traditional channels, and who are most at risk of being left behind.


As part of a series of UNICEF talks focused on innovation for children and innovation for equity, the Boston Activate Talks will feature some of the most innovative approaches to increasing Internet access for underserved, marginalized, and isolated communities, with a particular focus on the benefits for children’s well-being.


The talks will be webcast live at We encourage you to use the hashtag #UNICEFactivate.


Bruce Baikie, Inveneo

Paulo Rogerio, Instituto Midia Etnica

Regina Agyare, Soronko Solutions

Susan Schorr, ITU


Wivina Belmonte, UNICEF

12:30 PM

Closing Remarks