• Parental control tools need to be more effective for today's and tomorrow's internet
    News article15 November 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.

  • Trust in the information society - In search of Trust Generating Mechanisms for the Network Society
    Event14 November 2011 to 15 November 2011

    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.

  • eChallenges e2011 Conference & Exhibition, Florence, 26 - 28 October
    Event26 October 2011 to 28 October 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.

  • Digital Agenda: further action needed to safeguard children – Commission report
    Press release13 September 2011

    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.

  • EU Kids Online - Final report
    Report / Study1 September 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.

  • Future Internet Conference & Future Internet Assembly, Budapest May 2011
    Report / Study15 July 2011

    Since the 'Bled declaration' during the Slovenian EU Presidency in 2008, a large community of researchers and other stakeholders has worked tirelessly to drive forward the vision for Europe’s internet-enabled future. “A significant change is required,” the declaration stated, “and the European Internet scientific and economic actors, researchers, industrialists, SMEs, users, service and content providers, now assert the urgent necessity to redesign the Internet, taking a broad multidisciplinary approach, to meet Europe’s societal and commercial ambitions.” In the warm spring sunshine of Budapest this dialogue was continued. The technical issues of the future internet were firmly placed within their political and societal context. Concerns and challenges were shared, ideas voiced, suggestions debated. Europe is still a hotbed for internet research and the FIA is the place to discover the cutting edge of this endeavour.

  • Commission consults on practical rules for notifying personal data breaches
    Press release14 July 2011

    The views of telecoms operators, Internet service providers, Member States, national data protection authorities consumer organisations and other interested parties are being sought by the European Commission on whether additional practical rules are needed to make sure that personal data breaches are notified in a consistent way across the EU. The revised ePrivacy Directive (2009/136/EC), which entered into force on 25 May 2011 as part of a package of new EU telecoms rules, requires operators and Internet service providers to inform, without undue delay, national authorities and their customers about breaches of personal data that they hold. The Commission wants to gather input based on existing practice and initial experience with the new telecoms rules and may then propose additional practical rules to make clear when breaches should be reported, the procedures for doing so, and the formats that should be used. Contributions to the consultation are welcome until 9th September 2011.

  • Internet essentials
    Speech28 June 2011

    OECD High Level Meeting on the Internet Economy, Paris, 28 June 2011.

  • Only two social networking sites protect privacy of minors' profiles by default
    Press release21 June 2011

    Only two social networking sites (Bebo and MySpace) tested on behalf of the European Commission have default settings to make minors' profiles accessible only to their approved list of contacts and only 4 sites ensure minors can be contacted by default by friends only (Bebo, MySpace, Netlog and SchuelerVZ). However, a majority of 14 social networking sites tested do give minors age-appropriate safety information, respond to requests for help and prevent minors' profiles from being searched via external search engines. The number of minors using social networking sites in the EU is growing - currently 77% of 13-16 year olds and 38% of 9-12 year olds who use the Internet.

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