Creating Safe Digital Spaces for all Through Esports and AI

Connectivity is creating unprecedented opportunities for all to access and share information, interact, entertain, socialize, and learn. ​In a world where the Internet permeates almost every aspect of life, keeping users – especially youth – safe online has emerged as an issue of paramount importance.

Online video gaming and esports are two of the fastest growing industries with an estimated global participation of 2.7 billion. People of all ages, backgrounds and origins go online to play, stream, watch, and socialise.

In this context, this webinar will discuss how technology advancements and innovations can assist in making the internet safer and explore the role and potential of esports in creating safe digital spaces for all, powered by AI and supported by the appropriate policies and safeguarding tools.

The topics that will be covered include:

  • Current safeguarding challenges within online gaming, esports and the wider Internet
  • How can additional standards (technical and non-technical), policies and AI tools combat these challenges? What are the current barriers to their implementation and adoption?
  • What actions should be taken by stakeholders within the esports industry in relation to safeguarding and the use of AI tools?
  • How esports powered by AI can influence other communities across the Internet to adopt safeguarding standards
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Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

    Inventor, BBC "Click" Presenter
    BBC News
    World-renowned presenter LJ Rich is part of Click, the BBC’s flagship technology show. Since reading music at Oxford, she’s predicted tech trends and monitored emerging concepts in consumer electronics for over a decade, with particular interest in audio, AI and art. Her regular music show #ljtunes now has nearly 800,000 likes on Twitter’s live streaming service Periscope, and she’s performed live at some of the most prestigious venues on the planet. During her recent breast cancer treatment, LJ decided to make a video diary of her own chemo sessions to demystify it for others, which hit the top spot on the BBC website.
    Chair in Science Communication and Future Media
    University of Salford
    Andy Miah is the Chair in Science Communication & Future Media at the University of Salford. As part of the Global Esports Federation (GEF), he serves on the GEF Education, Culture, Wellness Commission, GEF Education Focus Group. Andy is a Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, USA and an Advisory Board Member for the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, and Executive Committee member of the British Interactive Group (BIG). He has published over 150 academic articles in refereed journals and books, along with writing op eds for magazines and newspapers, such as the Washington Post and the Independent. Andy's research discusses the intersections of art, ethics, technology and culture, particularly as related to human enhancement.
    Reader in Olympic Studies and the Social Analysis of Sport
    Canterbury Christ Church University
    Dr. Dikaia Chatziefstathiou is an expert in Olympic Studies and her work on Olympism and Olympic values has been widely published and cited. In the most recent work, she applies the theory and methodology adopted in her Olympic research into the world of football unpacking issues of power. She is the Director of Research Environment at the School of Psychology and Life Sciences in Canterbury Christ Church University, UK and Reader in Olympic Studies & the Social Analysis of Sport. She is also an International Research Expert of the Centre for Olympic Studies & Research (COS&R) at Loughborough University, UK; and a Senior Associate of the Hibou Alliance of sports professionals worldwide. Dikaia was the holder of the prestigious Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship at the Regional Development Institute of the Panteion University in Athens, Greece (2013-2015) to examine "An Evaluation of the Legacies of the Sporting Mega Events on Social Capital in Greece". She is the winner of the inaugural Coubertin Prize 2008 awarded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (IPCC) for her qualitative research on Pierre de Coubertin’s writings and speeches. Following her award, she became a Member of the Executive Board of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (based in Lausanne, Switzerland) until 2018. She was the Guest Editor for the Special Olympic Issue of the European Sport Management Quarterly in 2012 (co-edited with Professor Ian Henry). She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Routledge Handbook of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (2020) and author of the book "Discourses of Olympism: From the Sorbonne 1894 to London 2012" published by Palgrave (2012; co-authored with Professor Ian Henry) and has edited several other books. She has also written the storytelling book "Imagine my Stories for Peace" containing five stories for inspiring young people to embody the Olympic values in their lives (2016; published by the International Olympic Truce Centre). You can see Dikaia's work here:
  • MARK
    Director of Student and Education Programs
    Advisor to the Global Esports Federation and Co-Founder of
    Global Esports Federation
    With over 15 years of diverse experience, Nicholas has been a co-founder, investor, and board member in businesses, non profits, and government. Directly reported to Fortune 500 CEOs, headed up the region for an investor in digital-first education, Nicholas has also led a regional team for Visa helping the biggest businesses on the internet like Tencent and Alibaba manage their risks in digital transactions, serving on Visa's Asia Pacific Merchant Sales & Solutions leadership. Nicholas has chaired multiple national initiatives, including one with the Ministry of Education to have students reimagine education and work for Singapore’s next 50 years as well as an official ASEAN youth event. Nicholas has also been invited to judge an Innovator Awards in Silicon Valley, the ASEAN Youth Creative Industry Fair and led a national delegation to the Nanjing Youth Olympics on the invitation of China’s Vice Premier. He was also invited by Chinese Leaders to speak at the 4th World Internet Conference sharing the stage with major global leaders. Nicholas clearly has an unconventional approach to life when he turned down prestigious college scholarships, dropped out of National University of Singapore (NUS) computer science programme only to graduate as valedictorian for his MBA and invited as an expert for NUS’ Global Studies Programme. In 2018, Nicholas was honoured both as a Friend of the Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth as a well as the Ministry of Social and Family Development.


20 Apr 2021


CEST, Geneva
16:00 - 17:00