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On Safer Internet Day tomorrow, 7th February, more than 100 events in 30 European countries will encourage children, their families and teachers, to discover the digital world together. This is the ninth annual Safer Internet Day, celebrated in more than 70 countries worldwide as part of a global drive to promote safer Internet for children and young people. Read more
This publication contains a summary report and session reports from the Safer Internet Forum 2011. How to promote positive content online for children? Concerns and opportunities using mobile devices. How problematic is "sexting"? Are we approaching a more holistic approach to "online safety"? These are some of the topics covered in the summary report which is based on insights from the plenary and workshop sessions and aims at placing the debates in a wider context, giving an overview of recommendations made in this year's Forum. Read more
28 leading companies have come together to form a new Coalition to make a better and safer internet for children. Put together by the Commission, founding Coalition members are: Apple, BSkyB, BT, Dailymotion, Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, France Telecom-Orange, Google, Hyves, KPN, Liberty Global, LG Electronics, Mediaset, Microsoft, Netlog, Nintendo, Nokia, Opera Software, Research in Motion, RTL Group, Samsung, Sulake, Telefonica, TeliaSonera, Telenor Group, Tuenti, Vivendi, Vodafone. Priority actions include making it easier to report harmful content, ensuring privacy settings are age-appropriate, and offering wider options for parental control, reflecting the needs of a generation that is going online at an increasingly young age. Read more
The EU Council for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport will take place on 28-29 November. Neelie Kroes, Vice-President responsible for the Digital Agenda, and Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will represent the European Commission. Read more
From 15/11/2011 to 15/11/2011
Results from a study just released by the European Commission show that parental control tools tested have become more effective at blocking adult content and other harmful content since the first tests conducted last year. However the tools are less efficient at filtering content related to racism and self-harm (sites promoting anorexia, suicide or self-mutilation). In general, the tools cannot filter all the different kinds of user generated content on the internet – while they can block access to things like social networks and streaming services, only very few tools are able to filter contacts in applications such as Skype and MSN. Read more
From 14/11/2011 to 15/11/2011
Leuven, Belgium
On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI) at K.U.Leuven is organizing an international conference on "Trust in the Information Society". The goal of the conference is to advance the reflection and debate about trust-generating mechanisms in the Information Society. Through a series of thought-provoking lectures delivered by leading experts from various disciplines –law, economics, engineering, computer science, social and cultural studies– the conference intends to confront different insights and to explore new routes and tools – legal and non-legal – to generate more trust in networked, digital information and communication technologies that are shaping modern society. Read more
From 26/10/2011 to 28/10/2011
The eChallenges e-2011 Conference will take place in Florence, Italy on 26-28 October 2011. This is the twenty-first in a series of Annual Conferences supported by the European Commission and hosted by national governments, which regularly attracts over 600 delegates from leading commercial, government and research organisations around the world to share knowledge and experience, lessons learnt, good practice and innovation. The 3-day programme features an invigorating mix of business and government case studies, technical and policy papers and interactive workshops. As well as opening and closing plenary sessions, delegates may participate in over 50 thematically focused parallel session featuring different aspects of Networked Enterprise, eGovernment, Living Labs & Smart Cities, eHealth, Intelligent Content, Technology Enhanced Learning, eInfrastructures and Security and Identity Management. All participants should complete registration prior to the event. Early bird delegate registration is available up to 31 July. The eChallenges e-2011 Exhibition will showcase research results and applications through technology demonstrations, whether funded commercially, or national, regional or European level. Exhibitors can apply online for Demonstration Stands before 31 August. Read more
How Member States are implementing EU Recommendations ensuring children can enjoy the digital world confidently and safely are reviewed by the European Commission in a report presented today. Member States and industry are increasingly making efforts to implement EU Recommendations dating from 1998 and 2006 on the protection of minors using audiovisual and online services. But the measures taken have been insufficient overall. Read more
From 01/09/2011 to 01/09/2011
EU Kids Online aims to enhance knowledge of the experiences and practices of European children and parents regarding risky and safer use of the internet and new online technologies, in order to inform the promotion of a safer online environment for children. Read more