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  • Published 12.02.24

    Realising lasting child protection from sexual abuse


    As part of the Europe-wide consultation process, the Stiftung Digitale Chancen (Digital Opportunities Foundation) has submitted a statement on the planned extension of the derogation from the ePrivacy Directive. In this statement, it welcomes the European Commission's initiative and proposes that the time window opening up for further consultation on the draft legislation should also be used to achieve concrete progress on critical issues such as the detection of illegal depictions of sexual abuse against children in encrypted environments and age verification on the internet. Both issues currently pose major obstacles to reaching an agreement. Nevertheless, the supposedly insurmountable differences should not lead to urgently needed protective measures for children not being realised online. It is therefore necessary to rethink these issues. The statement can be read here.

    The reason for the consultation process is the European Commission's plan to extend the existing derogation from the ePrivacy Directive by two years until 3 August 2026. This is intended to ensure that certain communication service providers will still be able to voluntarily detect and report depictions of sexual violence against children online in the coming months. The extension of the derogation is planned as the legislative process on the European Commission's draft on preventing and combating child sexual abuse is still ongoing. This law is intended to provide for appropriate safety measures in the long term and replace the derogation.

    In the meantime, the European Council has expressed its support for a three-year extension of the derogation, while the European Parliament wants to see the extension of the derogation limited to a further nine months. In the upcoming trilogue negotiations, the institutions will have to agree on a common position.

  • Published 09.02.24

    EuroDIG: Comments on the draft programme

    Torsten Krause, SDC

    The next European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) will take place from 17 to 19 June in Vilnius (Lithuania). In order to facilitate the joint exchange and networking of representatives from politics, private sector, civil society and academia, a planning meeting was held on 6 February, at which the previously submitted issues were reviewed and a proposal for a programme was drawn up. This draft programme is now open for comments on this page until 25 February. Programme items are currently planned that already address children's rights or enable children's rights to be taken into account. The commentary can further strengthen the focus on issues relating to the protection, promotion and participation of young people.

    Following the subsequent editing of the draft, the next phase of the programme will offer the opportunity to participate in the organisation of individual programme items.

  • Published 06.02.24

    Together for a better internet

    Torsten Krause, SDC

    Safer Internet Day has been held at the beginning of February every year since 2005. Originating from the European Union's SafeBorders project, the day of action is organised under the responsibility of the European Network of Safer Internet Centres INSAFE. Institutions and organisations that support the aims of Safer Internet Day offer their own events in various formats to mark the day of action in order to promote media literacy of children and young people, as well as professionals, parents and interested persons, and to raise awareness of risks on the internet and in digital environments. Safer Internet Day is now organised far beyond Europe in around 190 countries around the world.

    In Germany, Klicksafe is responsible for the national coordination of the action day. Together with many national and local initiatives and organisations, the aim is to promote the responsible use of digital media and raise as much awareness as possible for the protection of young people in digital environments. To this end, Klicksafe sets a current focus every year. The motto for 2024 is "Let´s talk about porn", which aims to draw attention to the fact that young people are increasingly using the internet to find out about adolescent issues and sexuality, are often building relationships online and are increasingly having their (first) sexual experiences digitally. In addition to many other interesting events as part of Safer Internet Day, the "Gutes Aufwachsen mit Medien" (Growing up well with media) initiative of Siftung Digitale Chancen (Digital Opportunities Foundation) is also holding a digital conference on 14 February entitled "Let's talk about Sex - Selbstbestimmter Umgang mit Sexualität in digitalen Lebenswelten" (Let's talk about sex - self-determined handling of sexuality in digital environments). Further information and registration details are available on this page.

  • Published 22.01.24

    Application for YOUthDIG

    Torsten Krause, SDC

    This year's European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) will take place in Vilnius (Lithuania) from 17 to 19 June. Representatives of civil society, academia, politics and the private sector from Europe will come together to discuss pressing issues relating to internet regulation. Soon before the event, young people will come together to discuss their concerns. The opinions of young people will then be taken into account at EuroDIG.

    Young people between the ages of 18 and 30 with an interest in digital topics can apply to take part in the YOUthDIG. In virtual events, they will receive information on current regulations and plans for shaping the internet and digital applications, as well as having the opportunity to exchange ideas and formulate messages for the EuroDIG. In June, there will then be a physical YOUthDIG meeting in Vilnius to prepare for participation in EuroDIG.

    Interested persons can find further information and the application form for participation in YOUthDIG here. This must be completed and sent off by 14 February.

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