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[FYI] CEC promotes safer use of the Internet
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Commission promotes safer use of the Internet
Published on: 2000-06-21 Record Number: 15047 Category: General
Safer use of the Internet is being encouraged by the European
Commission through ten projects financed under a four-year action
plan costing 25 million euro.
The funding will provide for measures to deal with illegal and
harmful content on the Internet. A new call for proposals for
awareness actions and hotlines is already underway.
Projects in the pipeline cover three action lines of the action plan:
a European network of hotlines allowing citizens to report illegal
content on the Internet; rating and filtering mechanisms to aid
parental control; and awareness measures making teachers, parents and
children aware of the potential of the Internet.
Two reports on parental control technologies were issued by the
Commission on 15 June, concluding that further work is needed to
improve these technologies. The reports cover the two main types of
technologies currently available - content filtering based on self-
labelling and on third party rating.
A further call for proposals will be launched at the end of 2000,
concentrating on close to market solutions in the area of third party
Commissioner for the Information Society Erkki Liikanen said the
reports 'support the approach which the Commission has adopted to
deal with the potentially harmful content on the Internet.
'The Commission supports the principle of user empowerment and user
choice to help parents ensure that their children can use the
'The Commission will further support work being carried out in
parallel under the recommendation on protection of minors and human
dignity to enhance user empowerment and parental control in digital
The reports can be downloaded at: