(No.116) An industry lead approach for making internet a better place for kids
Margareta Traung, the European Commission It is generally agreed that the Internet is a place of opportunities for children but that they need to be empowered to make the most of it. In May 2012 the European Commission adopted a Communication that sets out a coherent EU-wide strategy to provide concrete measures for all children, parents and teachers across Europe in 4 main areas: stimulation of high quality content and services for children; stepping up awareness and empowerment through education and participation; creating a safer online environment for children online and fighting against child sexual abuse material online.(http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/12/445&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en )
The implementation of the Communication relies on a combination of instruments including self-regulation through fora a such as the CEO Coalition to make internet a better place for children set up by VP Kroes in December 2011 (http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/11/1485&forma... ).
Given the fast changing nature of new technologies and online services and patterns of their use by children, industry has a particularly important role to play in developing and implementing measures in this field. The Coalition is formed by 31 leading tech and media companies who work for providing both children and parents with transparent and consistent protection tools of all sort and not merely technical, to make the most of the online world. The purpose of the workshop would be to:
* Give an overview of the European strategy for making a better internet for children and of the ongoing self-regulatory process
* Showcase the work and initiatives of the CEO Coalition with particular focus on the actions on age-appropriate privacy settings (led by Facebook) and parental controls (led by Nokia).
* Share good practices and the lessons learnt from the process by examining the role and responsibility of different actors, barriers for cooperation and how they can be tackled.
* The session will also seek to approach the issue on how to find the right balance between empowerment/protection of children and freedom of expression. 
AGENDA OF THE WORKSHOP
The objective of the session is to give an overview of the European strategy for making a better internet for children by showcasing some of the work and initiatives of the CEO Coalition. The aim is also to touch upon the lessons learnt from the process as well as addressing the issue of finding the right balance between empowerment/protection and freedom of expression.
Welcome and introduction by the EC
11:07 – 11.18
Veronica Donoso – EUkidsonline network
Setting the scene by:
- presenting the findings of the EUkidsonline survey that are relevant to
- parental control tools/age-appropriate settings/online privacy
11.18 – 11.26
Microsoft – Cornelia Kutterer
- Does industry have a responsibility for making parental control tools available?
- How can the take-up of parental controls increase? Could active choice be an option? What progress has been made on this in the CEO Coalition?
- What is industry's role in self-regulation?
11.26 – 11.34
Google – Marc Pancini
- Google's contribution to the work of the CEO Coalition to the actions on
parental control controls / age-appropriate privacy settings
- What are the barriers for cooperation in a self-regulatory process and how they can be tackled?
11.34 – 11.41
Facebook – Richard Allen
- Does industry have a responsibility to implement age-appropriate privacy settings? Could privacy by default be an option? What progress has been made on this in the CEO Coalition?
- What are the lessons learnt from the self-regulatory process?
11.41 – 11.48
Jim Killock – Open Rights Group
- How to find the right balance between empowerment/protection of children and freedom of expression?
11.48 – 11.56
John Carr – eNACSO
- What rights do children have in the online world?
- What is the role of NGOs in the self-regulatory process? How can they contribute to the process?
11.56 – 12.04
Sevinj Muradova – Ministry of Economic Development
- young people use of communication technologies in Azerbaijan
- ongoing initiatives / cooperation between different actors
12.04 – 12.11
Peter Matjasic – European Youth Forum
- the voice of the young people
12.11 – 12.30
Comments from the youth representatives (in the audience) / questions and response from the floor
European Commission, DG INFSO (Alina Radu and Margareta Traung) together with Researchers, ICT companies (members of the CEO coalition) and NGO's
Richard Allan, Facebook (confirmed) Marco Pancini, European Senior Policy Counsel (confirmed) Peter Matjasic, European Youth Forum (confirmed) Ms Sabine van Verheyen, MEP, European Parliament (confirmed) Veronica Donoso, Child Focus (confirmed) John Carr, eNACSO (confirmed) Jim Killock, Open Rights Group (confirmed) Sevinj Muradova, Ministry of Economic Development Azerbaijan, ISWM Project (confirmed) John McNamee, European Digital Rights (confirmed) Cornelia Kutterer, Microsoft (confirmed) One youth representative from eNacso (confirmed, name TBD)