The European Child Safety Online Conference 2022 will gather policymakers, industry players, national authorities representatives as well as civil society experts to review the provisions of the new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+) and of the proposal for the new regulation to prevent and combat child sexual abuse, as well as discuss the extent to which the initiatives proposed are fit-for-purpose and are likely to remain future-proof to address the pace of digital innovation. It will explore how the proposed rules will interact with other EU and global policies and self-regulation initiatives aimed at tackling the different online risks that children are exposed to, and at making the online world a better, safer, fairer place. It will also focus on the ongoing efforts undertaken to step up the fight against the creation and propagation of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online. Finally, it will examine the role that technology and innovative solutions can play in achieving these objectives, feature examples of initiatives undertaken in Member States to protect children online, identify best practices, and ask what more is needed to equip children with the necessary digital skills and tools to safely benefit from what the Internet has to offer.
Child Safety-by-design, responsible use of children’s data and age-appropriate content
Digital Literacy to promote safe, healthy and responsible behaviour online
Strengthening the fight against the creation and dissemination of CSAM
Vice President for Demography and Democracy
Commissioner for Home Affairs
1st Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior
*via pre-recorded speech
*via pre-recorded speech
Head of Expertise & Stakeholder Management
Head of Unit Security in the Digital Age, DG HOME
Head of Unit "Accessibility, Multilingualism & Safer Internet"
Director of Regulatory Futures
Internet Watch Foundation
Head of the Digital Education Team at NASK
Coordinator of the Polish Safer Internet Centre
Secretary General, Intergroup on Children's Rights
Head of Safety Public Policy, Europe
Director Digital Safety, European Government Affairs, Microsoft
Safety Policy Director EMEA
Head of Policy and Public Affairs
Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE)
Chief Policy & Regulatory Officer
Head of Digital Citizenship Department
Director of International Advocacy & Head of European Affairs
Director of Operations
Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) System
Europe Office of CDT
EU digital policy expert
If you are interested in speaking in any of the below sessions, please contact Rebecca Matheson at firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 (0) 2920 780 077.
Note: All timings are in Central European Summer Time (CEST)
From a very young age, children use the Internet to learn, play, interact with others and express themselves – this has never been truer than during the Covid-19 pandemic when educational, social and entertainment interactions all moved to the online world. This online space however, was never designed for children and therefore exposes them to serious risks. In order to leverage the benefits that the Internet brings to young people’s life while tackling the harms and challenges it represents, and in line with the objectives laid out in the Declaration on European Digital Rights and Principles of January 2022, the European Commission recently released a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+), promoting a positive, inclusive, empowering and safe online environment for children and teenagers, along with a proposal for a Regulation laying down rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse.
Children are accessing the Internet from an increasingly younger age and across a wide range of devices, often without adult supervision, leaving them vulnerable to a number of risks including, but not limited to, exposure to illegal and harmful content, dark patterns, privacy infringements and commercial targeting. Making the online world a safe, positive and inclusive environment for children has been a key focus area for policymakers worldwide in the past decade, while concepts such as ‘safety-by-design’, responsible use of data and platform liability, have emerged at the forefront of the policy thinking for tech regulation, especially with regards to children’s use of the Internet.
Following the release of the new European Strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+) in May 2022 and given the focus on liability and accountability issues of the tech industry as part of the DSA file, this session will explore the extent to which these regulatory efforts will be enough to ensure positive and age-appropriate experiences for young people online, and discuss what more the tech industry can do to embed considerations around online child protection in the design, development and deployment of digital products, services and platforms – even if their services are not primarily targeted at children or teenagers. This discussion will be held as new and emerging technologies such as augmented and extended reality are expected to permeate our lives in the future, bringing new challenges to the protection of children online.
The online world opens up new opportunities for children and teenagers to learn, communicate, socialise, entertain themselves, as well as to support their creativity and promote critical thinking. Education, risk awareness and skills development are therefore critical to improve digital literacy and to ensure that ‘digital natives’ become ‘digital citizens ‘, who can use technology safely and responsibly.
As the level of digital literacy and education in Europe varies greatly between Member States and as tech innovation is evolving rapidly, this session will explore ways in which EU policymakers, the tech industry, national governments, educators and parents can work together to create stimulating and inclusive experiences for children and teenagers by teaching them to recognise online risks, arm them with the necessary skills and tools to use the Internet safely as well as promote healthy and responsible behaviour online.
According to the IWF, Europe has now become the largest host of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) in the world, while the volume of such material circulating globally on the Internet has significantly and continuously increased in the past decade – further intensifying during the Covid-19 pandemic, as both children and child sex offenders spent more time online. These alarming trends have prompted industry players to take voluntary measures to detect and remove CSAM in recent years, as well as calls for urgent and efficient actions at EU policy level to strengthen and accelerate the fight against this abhorrent crime – culminating in the adoption of the e-privacy derogation and the release of the proposal for a legislation to effectively tackle sexual abuse which establishes new obligations for companies to detect and report CSAM. While these are crucial steps in the fight against the creation and spread of this content, privacy and civil rights considerations need to be taken into account as concerns have arisen regarding a general monitoring of interpersonal communications and mass surveillance. It is also argued that voluntary measures and policy initiatives won’t be enough to effectively combat the spread of this material, and that further cooperation with, and between, national authorities, law enforcement agencies and industry representatives at EU and global level, alongside the support of technical innovation will be key to tackle this dramatically evolving threat.
This session will discuss how existing efforts in the fight against CSAM can be strengthened without jeopardizing fundamental rights, EU principles and core values. It will also explore the role that cross-sector collaboration, internal and global coordination, as well as the use of digital technology can play against the creation and dissemination of this content.
Our packages have been designed to enable sponsors to take advantage of the enhanced face-to-face networking benefits that are made possible by a physical meeting environment, whilst also benefiting from the additional exposure and outreach that virtual events offer in terms of larger audience numbers.
To discuss sponsorship and visibility opportunities at The Child Safety Online Conference 2022, please contact Rebecca Matheson on email@example.com / +44 (0) 2920 783 077.
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