Appreciating the benefits of the digital revolution for children and the improvements it brings in the right to education, access to information and knowledge, and the exercise of freedom of expression.
Recognizing that protecting children effectively against online risks is complex and though there are many initiatives in this field, there is no single quick fix.
Acknowledging that those solutions must respect fundamental rights online and the rights of the child and their promotion as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its three Optional Protocols.
Asserting that along with other human rights principles, the protection of privacy must be a core consideration of any solution aiming at improving the quality of the digital environment.
Considering the efficiency of multi- stakeholder and balanced methods to address complex digital issues such as illustrated by the success of the Christchurch Call to Action to Eliminate Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content Online.
Affirming the importance of evidence-based approaches and a rigorous evaluation process of policies, regulation and standards with regard to their benefits and costs.
The participants to this initiative decide to collectively form a Laboratory to explore, promote, develop and evaluate solutions aimed at improving the safety of minors in the digital environment including safety and privacy by design products and features to minimize the potential harm.
The Laboratory will aim at addressing themes relevant to the improvement of the digital environment for children such as appropriate age for accessing content; harassment; digital literacy; parental support; privacy protection; transparency and moderation with a particular focus on gender-based risks.
The Laboratory will start as a coalition of the willing, with the immediate outcome of breaking down existing silos between governments, civil society organizations and private companies operating in the digital environment. The process governance as described in the Annex will be refined throughout the first year of operation.
All participants intend to benefit from their involvement with respect to their diversity in models and capabilities: to propose concrete improvement based on sound evaluation, to gather key information to help design public policies, to participate in the elaboration of industry best practices and develop new features to make digital services safer for the most vulnerable users.