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THE CASE FOR BETTER GOVERNANCE OF CHILDREN’S DATA: A MANIFESTO


What is it?

Data, if used responsibly, can solve soical problems and challenges while offering tremendous potential for innovation. This is also true for children as it is for adults. Children, however, are more vulnerable than adults and are less able to understand the long-term implications of consenting to their data collection.

Better data governance for children, with clear duties, standards and responsibilities, is critical to ensure that children are protected, and that data are used as a force for good for generations to come.

This manifesto articulates a vision for a better approach to children’s data.


Who is it for?

Everyone.


What can it do?

The book outlines ten actions that form a manifesto:
  1. Protect children and their rights through child-centred data governance.
  2. Prioritize children’s best interests in all decisions about children’s data.
  3. Consider children’s unique identities, evolving capacities and circumstances in data governance frameworks.
  4. Shift responsbility for data protectionfrom children to companies and governments.
  5. Collaborate with children and their communities in policy building and management of their data.
  6. Represent children’s interests within administrative and judicial processes, as well as redress mechanisms.
  7. Provide adequate resources to implement child-inclusive data governance frameworks.
  8. Use policy innovation in data governance to solve complex problems and accelerate results for children.
  9. Bridge knowledge gaps in the realm of data governance for children.
  10. Strenghten international collaboration for children’s data governance and promote knowledge and policy transfer among countries.








UNICEF (2021). The case for better governance of children’s data: A manifesto. New York: Office of Global Insight and Policy.