As tech innovates and the policy and regulatory landscape shifts, 5Rights continues to adapt in order to deliver for children. Over the last few years, our research, advocacy and accountability work has substantially moved the dial for the implementation of children’s rights in the digital environment globally, opening up new opportunities for change, and presenting new challenges.
Reflecting and capitalising on these shifts, 5Rights has consolidated and expanded its international work, with staff now across Europe and the US. Last month, the Board also appointed three new Trustees with strong international profiles – Mikiko Otani, member and former Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child; Dorothy Gordon, Chair of the UNESCO Information For All Programme and Board Member of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education; and Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, President of Missing Children Europe, former Member of the European Parliament and EP Coordinator for the Rights of the Child – in addition to confirming international advocacy expert Leanda Barrington-Leach as Executive Director.
Priorities for 5Rights over the coming year include a strong focus on legislation and regulation in the UK, EU, US and Global South, supporting the implementation of the African Union’s Child Online Safety and Empowerment Policy, as well as technical and policy work at the international level. Our relaunched Digital Futures for Children joint research centre with the LSE will build on its vast global network of researchers and experts to develop a robust body of research to underpin change globally, with the support of our Youth Engagement Programme which will also consolidate and expand our child consultation and child voice work around the world.