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Thursday 15 November, 2012


08:30 – 09:00

Welcome Coffee and Registration

09:00 – 09:40

Keynote Presentations

09:00 – 09:20

Keynote Presentation - The view from the European Commission

Robert Madelin, Director General for DG CONNECT, European Commission

09:20 – 09:40

Keynote Presentation - The view from the Industry

Stephen Collins, Vice President Corporate Affairs EMEA, Microsoft Corporation

09:40 – 11:10

Session 1: Balancing Protectionism and Empowerment: Coupling education with protection tools to create a safer online environment

With the recent announcement of the new child safety strategy, the Commission has emphasized the maintenance of a safe environment for children where parents and children are given the tools, such as user-friendly parental controls, necessary for ensuring their protection online. How can parents become more aware of their children’s activities online and engage in a constructive dialogue about online risks? Where does the balance lie between protectionism and empowerment as well as the balance between children’s privacy rights and the need to monitor their online activities? What is the role of industry, policymakers and other stakeholders in creating this appropriate balance? What role can education play in raising public awareness of online risks for young people, and on the tools that are available to help protect young people from these risks? What other parental tools can be made available in order to assist parents to manage their children’s engagement online? What impact can provisions such as single click reporting and privacy by default have in creating a safer environment for children? What are the limitations and risks of these provisions?


James Waterworth, Vice-President Europe, Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA)

09:40 – 09:50

Opening Presentation

Louise Woodward, Engagement Lead - Child Internet Safety team, UK Council for Child Internet Safety - Department for Education

09:50 – 11:10

High-level Roundtable

Lambert Van Nistelrooij MEP, Member, European Parliament
Kuno Sørensen, Chair, eNACSO
Simon Little, Managing Director, Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE)
Carolina Lorenzon, Director of International Affairs, Mediaset
Clemens Mayer-Wegelin, European Legal Advisor, Nintendo
Louise Woodward, Engagement Lead - Child Internet Safety team, UK Council for Child Internet Safety - Department for Education

11:10 – 11:30

Morning Refreshment Break

11:30 – 13:00

Session 2: Online privacy and the rights of children: Ensuring the protection of a child’s personal data

The Draft privacy regulation suggests that parental consent is necessary to process data below the child’s age of 13, and at the same time the CEO coalition is working on age-appropriate privacy settings. What are the limitations of regulation in the online space where identity and age verification remains a challenge? With some already raising concerns that there are difficulties with adult users providing fully informed consent to the use of their data, where does this leave us when considering children? Are traditional consent-based models of protection (such as age verification and parent permission structures) the best approach to use in order to ensure the protection of a child’s personal data, or are their alternatives we should be considering? By setting formal restrictions to children’s online activities, what are some of the unintended consequences? Are young people effectively being encouraged to lie about their age to gain access? How can the available tools be best balanced against the right to privacy of the child itself?


Torgeir Waterhouse, President, IKT-Norge IPv6-forum

11:30 – 11:40

Opening Presentation

Mary K. Engle, Director of Advertising Practices, Federal Trade Commission

11:40 – 13:00

High-level Roundtable

Dr Brian O'Neill, Head of the School of Media, Dublin Institute of Technology & Member, EU Kids Online Network
Prof. Bart Preneel, Professor and Researcher, Leuven University
Ross Biggam, Director-General, Association of Commercial Television
Billy Hawkes, Irish Data Protection Commissioner , Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, Ireland
Cornelia Kutterer, Director of Regulatory Policy, Microsoft Corporate Affairs Europe
Mary K. Engle, Director of Advertising Practices, Federal Trade Commission


13:00 – 14:05

Lunch Break

14:05 – 14:30

Afternoon Keynote Presentation

Lane Merrifield, Club Penguin Co-Founder and Executive VP, Disney Interactive Media Group

14:30 – 16:00

Session 3: Implementing an EU strategy to combat child abuse material

A Commission directive on combating sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of children and child pornography was adopted last year, which aims to restrict access to child abuse material on the internet. How successful has the implementation of the Directive been at member state level to-date, and has there been any measurable impact on minimizing online child pornography? What proactive measures are being taken by industry to identify and remove child sex abuse material from the internet? Does more need to be done at a European and national levels to increase co-operation between industry, hotlines and law enforcement bodies to ensure that child abuse material is removed from the internet quickly and effectively? To what extent has this been successful within member states, and is a harmonised system in place? What role can the proposed European Cybercrime Centre play in tackling the problem? What powers does the EU have to remove at source child pornography that is hosted in third countries? And, will multilateral arrangements need to be reached to tackle this truly global problem? Where filtering and blocking are utilizedwhat safeguards are provided and this is conducted transparently? Can list systems of offending web sites (such as that used by the Internet Watch Foundation in the UK) work as a model on a European level? Are there other steps that can be taken by industry, law enforcement or policymakers tofurther advance the fight against this horrendous crime?


Julia Davidson, Professor of Criminology and Director of Research in Criminology, Kingston University

14:30 – 14:40

Opening Presentation

Patricia Manson, Head of Unit Inclusion, Skills and Youth, DG Connect, European Commission

14:40 – 16:00

High-level Roundtable

Michelle Collins, VP & Director, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Fred Langford, President of INHOPE and Director of IWF: International, Internet Watch Foundation
Patricia Cartes, Safety Lead, Facebook
Troels Oerting, Assistant Director and Head of the Cybercrime Centre, Europol
Patricia Manson, Head of Unit Inclusion, Skills and Youth, DG Connect, European Commission

EU Internet Week



Thursday 15 November, 2012
08.30 to 18.00




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