Council of Europe open forum on protecting children on the Internet

12 November 2007 - A Open Forum on Privacy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


The Council of Europe is an international organisation which has been finding solutions and responding to issues that affect now 800 million people and organisations in Europe, by working with and influencing member states’ policies and legal frameworks. These responses are set out in our conventions and other standard-setting documents which include the Cybercrime Convention and the Convention on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.

Outline Agenda:

A people-centred approach to the Internet and its governance: Mrs Maud de Boer-Bucquicchio, Deputy Secretary General, Council of Europe

1. Introduction and moderation: Mr David Reid, Journalist, BBC, United Kingdom

2. Children and the Internet: what are the opportunities and threats?

3. Children and content: dealing with illegal, harmful, unwanted and offensive content?

4. Developing the Internet as a space of trust and confidence for children

5. Why is there so little emphasis on children in the Internet Governance Forum?

6. The way forward: conclusions and key messages for states, the private sector, civil society and International organisations.

Council of Europe speakers:

Ms Ania-Mee Ertzeid (Norway) for discussions concerning the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, children as victims etc;

Mr Denton Howard (Ireland/INHOPE) for discussions concerning cybercrime and illegal content/child pornography etc;

Mr Karol Jakubowicz (Poland) and Mr Matthias Traimer (Austria) for discussions concerning the openness of the Internet, freedom of expression, the media, and the roles and responsibilities of states;

Mr Mark Kelly (Ireland) for discussions concerning international human rights law, the openness of the Internet, freedom of expression;

Mrs Divina Frau-Meigs (France) for discussions concerning media education/literacy.

Confirmed participants:Mr Stephen Balkam (Family Online Safety Institute); Dr Niels J. Seeberg-Elverfedt (Germany);Representatives of ECPAT;Representative of Google.